We gather together.
Clemson Wesley offers two large group gatherings each week. Each one focuses on the elements of worship and teaching, but they remain unique in their style. Clemson Wesley’s Evensong and Eventide gatherings are primarily designed for and led by college students, but persons of all ages are always welcome.
Clemson United Methodist Church
Sundays at 6:30 PM during the academic year
For decades Clemson Wesley has sponsored a large group gathering on Sunday evenings called Evensong, a term first used by Thomas Cranmer in the first Book of Common Prayer published in the 16th century. For nearly 500 years the term “Evensong” has been understood as an evening time of song, prayer, Scripture reading and preaching. In many ways the Evensong service was patterned originally after the Vespers service in both the Roman Catholic and Lutheran traditions.
For Clemson Wesley, Evensong consists of a free, communal meal and time of student-led worship. As such, Evensong captures the spirit of Cranmer’s original service while also including the four elements typically experienced in the earliest church gatherings as documents in the Acts of the Apostles:
Evensong typically wraps up around 8:15pm with a time of communal sharing and prayer.
Wednesdays at 7:45PM during the academic year
In the spring of 2012 Clemson Wesley added a new large group offering to its menu of opportunities. We call it Eventide, because of its relationship to our Sunday night service, Evensong. It is an event best explained by experience, so come join us. Students gather beginning at 7:45 pm at the Hendrix Center in the David Peebles Room (big glass room at the top of the steps). Around 8 pm we transition into a time of relaxed, unplugged praise and worship followed by time of Bible study. We conclude the night with song and prayer at 9 pm to ensure that you have plenty of time to study and prepare for the next day.
Clemson Wesley launched Eventide as an alternative for students who have conflicts on Sunday nights, who may have been out of town for the weekend, or who are just seeking another worship opportunity. It is a smaller, more intimate but growing gathering. Come check it out!