Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Women’s Night of Worship allows female students to gather at the DeSantis Family Chapel to find emotional support, praise God with music and scripture and build relationships with one another.
Several women came to Women’s Night of Worship with different intentions. Junior Rebecca DeVos anticipated “feeling the presence of God in a large community of women, while worshiping,” while others came to find strength in women, Christ and friendships.
“It’s a chance to meditate on his word and just relax,” DeVos said.
A lot went into planning Women’s Night of Worship. Anna Gainer, a Biblical and Theological major, and a part of the set-up and tear down team, had to make sure that everything prepared for the women.
The event is held once a month and usually hosts a guest speaker. Various stations and hands-on activities are available around the chapel to allow women to worship in various ways.
One station was set up with candles and Bibles. Each Bible provides a specific passage relating to various needs, which offers guidance and consolation.
A journaling station provided women with the opportunity to write down how they feel as a way to release their emotions. A similar concept was done at a station that had sharpies and a large canvas. Women can anonymously write their feelings on the canvas.
The exercise showed women that they are not alone, and that they are all able relate to one another. At the end of the night, the canvas was painted red to cover the different emotions. At the end of the evening, the words, “Who the son sets free is free indeed” were written across the canvas.
“I loved the stations because it gave me a chance to look within myself and within God and figure out what He is trying to talk to me about. I found it,” said PBA junior theater arts major, Mahoganie Gunter.
For more information about Women’s Night of Worship, contact women’s ministry coordinator Christina Randazzo.