People driving down Moser Road will soon hear church bells on Sunday mornings as Southeast Christian Church’s Chapel in the Woods Campus launches Oct. 20.
The traditional campus focused on reaching senior adults will host services on Sundays at 8:45 and 10:45 a.m.
“We can’t wait to connect people to Jesus and one another here at the Chapel in the Woods Campus,” Chapel in the Woods Campus Pastor Murphy Belding said. “We hope this will be a place where seniors can invite their friends, neighbors and family members who don’t have a church home, and we hope this will be a place where all feel welcomed.”
Services will include video sermons like Southeast’s other satellite campuses, but the Chapel in the Woods Campus will offer traditional music.
“The music will be a combination of hymns and some low-key contemporary music,” Belding said. “We’re going to keep it simple. I’m excited to celebrate the simplicity of the classic hymns and use them as a draw for seniors who don’t have a relationship with Christ, but are familiar with that kind of music.”
Belding said the Chapel in the Woods Campus will be a place where people of all ages can encounter the God who loves them.
“This place has the potential to be used by God to reach people in many new ways,” Belding said.
Southeast member Linda Hillenbrand has been attending Southeast with her family since 1967. After caring for her parents in their later years, she is excited to be able to serve the senior adult community at the Chapel in the Woods Campus.
“I wish my dad could be here to enjoy this campus, but I’m just as eager to be able to serve the people who have attended church with my family for so long,” Hillenbrand said. “One of the biggest things seniors deal with is loneliness, so it’s a privilege to be able to show the people who come on Sunday that they are loved and welcome here.”
Belding said one of the most advantageous features of the campus is its accessibility. Because of the flat ground and close parking, many with physical limitations will have easier access to the building.
“We love having a facility with close parking, but parking is limited, so I hope our attendees who have an easier time getting around will be sacrificial and help those with limitations and new folks have an easy time parking,” Belding said.
Able-bodied attendees are encouraged to park in Lot G of the Blankenbaker Campus, located at Entrance 5, off Watterson Trail, and take a shuttle to the campus on Sundays. A tent with chairs is located in the lot for those waiting to be picked up.
The campus hosted two soft launches, Oct. 6 and 13, with around 300 people in attendance each weekend.
Chapel in the Woods First Impressions Coordinator Charlene Ruble said both weekends only built on her excitement for the launch.
“Everything went really smoothly, and we’ve already started seeing new faces, even though we haven’t officially launched yet,” Ruble said. “I can’t wait to see what God’s going to do within our senior adult community and beyond through this campus.”
At the end of every service, Belding will close with a Scripture reading.
The Scripture read on Oct. 13 was The Great Commission: “‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:19-20).
“This is what I hope we will do as a new Southeast campus: be a place and a people who make disciples who make disciples,” Belding said.