NEWBERRY — To kick off a new semester of classes, Newberry College’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, along with other campus ministry groups, hosted a Back to School Bash on Tuesday for students.
The event began with local band, The Change, followed by speaker Adrian Despres, and concluded with national touring recording artist Canon. The event was free for students.
Local churches, ministry groups, as well as campus ministry teams at Newberry College were present with booths to provide students with information on their group. Popcorn, ice cream, and water were available during the event.
Adrian Despres, inspirational speaker and chaplain for the University of South Carolina, encouraged students to put their trust in God by using chairs as a prop to his speech. The four chairs each represented different walks of life people are in when it comes to their relationships with Christ.
“People do crazy things when they’re in love, everyone can tell,” Despres said, referring to how others around can see how much you’re in love with God by how you act.
Alex Kirby, president of GROWTH, a new campus ministry group at Newberry College, said the workings of the back to school bash began over the summer.
“We just wanted kids to see that campus ministries is active and desires to serve and reach out to the campus and community,” Kirby said.
Newberry College senior Alaina Brown felt that although the weather might have moved the event indoors, she was glad to have participated.
“Even if the rain changed plans, FCA was still able to put together and awesome experience for our campus,” Brown said. “We had great music, and incredible message, and it was a great way to start off the school year.”
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.