An activity that brings students from all three Abilene colleges together on Friday nights has moved this semester.
Midnight Worship is now taking place at Fountaingate Fellowship’s Worship Campus, at 909 N. Willis St. And the move couldn’t have come at a better time.
The building Midnight Worship had been using belonged to University Baptist Church. The sanctuary, where the worship took place, was able to hold only 300 people, and Midnight Worship was close to breaking it’s capacity, said Roy Cervantes, a Midnight Worship founder.
“It ended up being good timing that University Baptist was moving out and we were growing,” said Cervantes, senior kinesiology major from McAllen. “It was kind of a forced move but we are really happy with the result.”
Cervantes first got the idea for Midnight Worship his sophomore year. Since then, he has seen the strangely timed worship grow from 20 people to more than 250.
While the journey has been long, Cervantes said he is happy with the results and involvement of students from ACU as well as the other colleges in Abilene.
“I felt something needed to happen for the unity of college students here in Abilene,” he said. “I felt the need to do something about it. To me, Midnight Worship is a glimpse of what Heaven will look like in the unity of the colleges and different denominations.”
That sentiment was echoed by Andrew Godfrey, worship leader at Midnight. Godfrey said his favorite part of Midnight Worship is seeing those who attend in awe of the creator. For Godfrey, breaking down barriers is a big part of Midnight Worship.
“There seem to be a lot of barriers like ‘I was raised Church of Christ or I was raised Baptist’ or just different types of worship,” said Godfrey, sophomore Christian ministry major from Frisco. “We really just want to fuse all of the barriers and all of the walls people put up together.”
The worship time and its mixture of instrumental and a capella worship is meant to appeal to all college students and denominations, organizers said.
“We want everyone to feel comfortable worshiping God, and I hope Midnight Worship continues to grow,” said Cervantes.
With the move to Fountaingate finished, the Midnight Worship leadership team is ready for what this semester has in store.
“God has truly blessed Midnight,” Cervantes said. “It has been amazing seeing what He has done with the vision he put on my heart three years ago.”