The a cappella chapel, “Drenched,” has returned to Chapel On the Hill.
Mark Jackson, co-director of Chapel and associate director of student organizations, said this small group Chapel takes place on Thursdays as an alternative to Immersed.
ACU has a cappella worship in Chapels because it was founded in the Church of Christ. However, as the student population has grown, the directors of Chapel wanted to give students more opportunities to worship instrumentally.
Immersed, an instrumental Chapel that takes place every Tuesday and Thursday in Moody, was the solution, but many students still longed for a cappella worship. That led to the founding of Drenched Chapel.
Drenched changed leadership at the transition from Spring 2014 to Fall 2014, Jackson said.
This semester, many students requested the Chapel, but few wanted to lead it, Jackson said.
Now, Mabree Moore, sophomore elementary education major from Brownwood, and Mary Kate Rotenberry, sophomore kinesiology major from Abilene, have volunteered to lead, and Drenched Chapel is back in session every Thursday in Chapel on the Hill.
“We do have stricter requirements this year,” Jackson said. “There must be a minimum of 10 people attending a small group Chapel, and an on-campus advisor must be present.”
About 40 people attend Drenched, and Dr. Libby McCurley, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition, and Larry Henderson, co-director of WorldWide Witness, advise. Drenched is one of 64 small group Chapels available to students this year.
Jackson said he and the Chapel leadership team want to see more students engaged and invested in Chapel, and he was impressed to see more than 50 students seeking prayer during Come To The Quiet last week.
“The Lord is really showing up,” he said.