by Sarah Weeks
Are you a student at West Virginia University at Parkersburg looking to get involved, be part of a group, or want to be surrounded by supportive people who care about you? On the first and third Thursday of every month, WVU Parkersburg offers students an opportunity to get involved with the ministry program by attending their bible study. The bible study meets at 7:30 p.m. with free food and drinks provided to students who attend. Whether students choose to join the group and make it their Thursday night activity or if they just stop by to see what the bible study group is all about, WVU Parkersburg’s ministry program will welcome students with open arms.
On the first Thursday of the month, students can expect a Bible study and a worship session. This is a time where students can unwind and connect with their faith as well as each other. The third Thursday of the month is usually reserved for the ministry’s game night. Leaders set up games such as charades, scavenger hunts, and even offer movie nights for students to get to know each other better and feel connected. During the holidays, the Bible study group hosts get togethers such as Christmas parties followed by worship and dinner to give students a place to feel welcomed during the holiday season.
“We do a lot of things such as give out free food, coffee, and giveaways, so just those simple acts of kindness will make a difference in someone’s day,” Faith Atkinson said. As the president of the program, Adkinson shares that the impact that the Bible study group has made on WVU Parkersburg is big and hopefully will continue to grow. Students form friendships, connect with one another, and share their testimonies as they each walk with God on their personal path. WVU Parkersburg’s ministry has reached many students and continues to reach new students who are inquisitive about the study group and express interest by stopping by to check it out.
As a place where students can freely express their faith, study the Bible, and connect with other students who want to do the same, the Bible study group at WVU Parkersburg has shown to be a positive addition to the campus. Leaders provide a welcoming environment to students and have invested themselves to ensure that students feel helped and supported on their journey. “My goal for the future is to help make a positive impact in the lives of students,” Atkinson said.
Atkinson and many others have provided a place where students can go to feel welcomed, supported, and experience the love of God. Atkinson expressed that students are welcomed with or without knowledge of the Bible and how much leaders truly care for their students. For any student who may be considering attending a Bible study group meeting, the door is open with welcoming arms.