The Wesley Center implemented a new Methodist “Church-Hopping” program to help students find home churches.
Dr. Elizabeth Horton-Ware, director of religious life, said the program started two weeks ago and members visited various churches throughout Oklahoma City.
Two of the churches they’ve visited are Cornerstone First United Methodist Church, 2825 N.W. 25th St., and Wesley First United Methodist Church, 1401 N.W. 25th St.
Bethany Stanley and KC Curry, religion sophomores, oversee the program.
Stanley and Curry have shared the program by word-of-mouth at Evensong, a contemporary worship service put on by the Wesley Center at 8 p.m. Monday nights in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel basement.
“Every year, people ask what churches to go to, and lots of students don’t want to go by themselves, so I talked to a couple of students that don’t have a church home in Oklahoma City yet and asked if Bethany and KC would head up the program,” Horton-Ware said.
Curry said so far, only a few students have gotten involved, but they hope to welcome more students in the coming weeks.
“I like this program because it has helped me find contemporary churches that I didn’t find before, and it allowed me to go with people instead of going alone,” she said.
Horton-Ware said the program will continue into the spring semester.
“Sometimes students feel so overwhelmed first semester that they want to focus on making it through their classes, so second semester, students are looking more for a home church,” Horton-Ware said.
Curry said visiting the different churches has had a positive impact on her religious life.
“The church-hopping program is important to me because it’s giving me a relationship with different pastors, and it also lets me see different ways of worship,” she said.
Students can get involved by emailing Bethany Stanley at email@example.com, Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Horton-Ware at email@example.com.