SGA Hosts First Online Men, Women’s Worship Night

KNOXVILLE – On Feb. 9, Johnson University Tennessee’s Student Government Association hosted its first Men and Women’s Worship event of the semester through livestream on Facebook and Instagram.

The event began at 9:30 p.m. and started out with a few minutes of worship led by Josh Harrigan, Kami Lauscher, and Matthew Rottet. Afterwards, a moment of prayer took place as SGA Vice President Jada Barnett took the stage.

Josh Harrigan, Kami Lauscher, and Matthew Rottet lead students in worship

“The message that Jada brought was very timely, very needed,” Alyssa Smith, Spiritual Life Director for Women said. “Kind of like a new awakening. The worship was just very spiritually refreshing.”

In her message, Barnett addressed personal and mutual feelings of loneliness and busyness in the midst of the new normal caused by COVID-19. She encouraged her fellow student body to not let opportunities to build new connections pass them by, encouraging them to become more intentional about building an uncommon community at Johnson University.

SGA Vice President Jada Barnett shares a message to the Johnson community watching online

After another word of prayer, the band returned to the scene to finish up the night. During the livestream, approximately 50 devices viewed the event on Facebook and Instagram collectively. Since the event, the livestream has been viewed over 500 times on both forms of social media.

The night of worship was planned by SGA’s Spiritual Life Committee, much of which took place by email in a collaboration between committee members Smith and Austin Hall. Smith and Hall work diligently to create new and different opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with Christ.

“I know since we go to a Bible school – which is fantastic – sometimes reading the Bible or even going to Chapel in that kind of setting can just feel like another task that we do every day, so we like to do something to change that up a little bit,” said Smith.

Instead of attempting to figure out socially-distanced seating arrangements, the Spiritual Life Committee agreed to stream the event online so there would be no limit to the number of students who could join.

Anyone who missed the live event can access a recording of it on the SGA social media accounts.

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