By Ashton Smith, Assistant Faith Editor
The semester is getting into full swing and that means free lunches for students, every Wednesday at noon.
This gathering, also known as Noonday, is a favorite of students because of the free food aspect, as well as the camaraderie.
Director of Spiritual Life Clay Philips is one of the leaders behind Noonday and also encourages students to join in the event.
“Noonday is a unique event on campus where students get to enjoy each other’s company over a meal, while also engaging with faculty and staff who share their experiences and wisdom from walking with Christ,” Philips said.
Every week, a different church comes to serve food for the students, whether that be a pizza they got from Little Caesar’s or a meal they made themselves and brought to give to the students.
“It’s a great way to see what churches are in the Shawnee area,” Jadelin Calmes, a junior family science and community service major, said. “Every week there is a different church that is eager to serve the OBU community, and that is so encouraging. These people that I’ve never met want to make food and serve to a bunch of college students. And that’s amazing to me.”
It is especially helpful for any freshman on campus who are still searching for a church community to get to know and grow with.
This gathering can be a possible solution for those still church hopping this Spring semester.
“It’s difficult to know where to start looking for a church to go to,” Calmes said. “And so having different churches come every week is really nice.”
The churches and leaders at Noonday are also usually in charge of sharing and connecting with the students as well.
Each week the churches or leaders usually have some sort of piece of wisdom or information to share with the students while they are eating their meal.
“We usually hear a devotional or a testimony from a staff or faculty member,” Philips said.
Calmes sees each week as unique.
“On that note, no week is ever the same though,” she said. “So students are always able to come every week if they please, and glean something new each time. Sometimes it’s a Bible lesson, and sometimes it’s a testimony, and sometimes various camps come to talk about Falls Creek or any other camp as well.”
Whether students are looking for a good campus activity to get involved with or to grab a quick, easy, and free meal, Noonday is the perfect place to go. It provides believers of OBU with a place to fellowship with friends and to grow and foster a new community of friendships for them.
“[At Noonday] we want to provide a fun, loving environment where people are able to hear the Gospel proclaimed,” Philips said.