The discipleship model for our college-age ministry at Orchard Hill is called BLESS. It stands for Begin with prayer, Listen, Eat, Serve, and Story. Breaking bread in community is grounded in scripture and we want to use times around food to serve as an opportunity to live like Jesus, share our lives around a table, and invite strangers into community.
Once a month, Orchard Hill serves a free lunch to all college-age in order to live out this mission. This semester, we've served 4 meals and averaged over 208 people at each meal. Last Sunday was our annual Thanksgiving Feast and we had the largest attendance for a college-age lunch, with 249 people!
“I love college-age lunch because it is a time where we can put our BLESS model in action,” shared one UNI junior. “It is so encouraging for students to join in fellowship and grow in the wonderful community around us!”
Behind the scenes, Julie O'Connor has stepped in to lead the cook team in planning, preparing and serving these amazing meals. “Cooking meals for the college students
is so gratifying. I love using the gifts God has given me to help serve this awesome group,” O’Connor said. “They are always so thankful and appreciative.”
“Thank you, Orchard Hill, for all of your support over decades to love and serve the next generation of Jesus followers!” shared Carter Moore, College-age Ministry Leader. “It has been fun watching how God uses this meal to build friendships within our college-age community.”
The next college-age lunch is scheduled for December 10 in the Commons following the 10:45 service. If you'd like to join this team in preparing and serving these meals to BLESS our college-age community, please email Carter Moore at email@example.com.