Ecclesia, a Greek word meaning church, recently gained a whole new meaning for students at Adventist University of Health Sciences.
About a year and a half ago, a group of students joined forces with Campus Ministries and created a Friday evening worship called Sonset Cafe. It has since undergone a makeover as its name, location, and purpose recently changed.
In September, Sonset Cafe was renamed Ecclesia and the worship now meets at Florida Hospital SDA Church rather than on the University’s campus.
“A lot of students didn’t like the vibe of coming back to school on a Friday evening after they’ve been here all week,” said Alicia Wright, Ecclesia student leader. “Being back at the church has been a real blessing in that area.”
The new name also came with a new purpose: to focus on God, community, and restoration. Student leaders and Campus Ministries have also worked together to implement daily prayer times, small group Bible studies, outreach, and social activities.
All of the efforts have been part of a greater goal, to build a God-centered community of students.
“We really just want to meet each student’s needs spiritually regardless of what background or denomination they come from,” Alicia said.