HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 22, 2010 – Year after year, High Point University’s Hayworth Chapel opens its doors to students and members of the community, providing them with a welcoming and inspiring environment for worship. Between the sermons of Dr. Hal Warlick, Dean of the Chapel, special guest speakers and musical performers, and giving back to those in need, the HPU Chapel has earned a respected reputation and become an important part of the local community.
Each week, Chapel services are packed with students, faculty, staff and members of the community who come together for a time of Christian fellowship. During the last academic year, the chapel proved to be a popular attraction to both students and guests, attracting more than 9,000 people to services.
“Dr. Warlick and the Board of Stewards work hard to make sure the Chapel is a place where all students can feel comfortable,” says Board of Stewards member and HPU junior Lindsey Queener. “Not everyone shares the same view of religion, but through making them laugh and sharing words of comfort and inspiration, the HPU Chapel is welcoming to all people and all backgrounds.”
Throughout the 31 worship services in 2009 and 2010, the Chapel collected more than $10,400 in offerings which was used to reach out and help the local community. Through the generosity of those who attended services, the Chapel was able to provide toys and clothes for 120 needy children at Christmas through the High Point Salvation Army Angel Tree Program and contribute over $3,300 to Open Door Ministries in High Point, N.C.
“Without question or exception, the Chapel services nourish our souls and feed our hearts,” says HPU President Dr. Nido R. Qubein. “Dr. Warlick is masterful at leading students and adult volunteers in meaningful worship and in service projects which reach out to our community. These stewards of Christian service stand as examples to the rest of the campus.”
Continuing with its impressive record, there is much to look forward to from the Chapel in the upcoming 2010 to 2011 academic year. HPU will welcome special guest speakers Rev. Dr. William H Willimon and Dr. Charles G. Adams as well as special musical guests soprano Faith Esham, soprano Dr. Louise Toppin, and lyric tenor Dr. Richard Heard. Special services will include HPU?s annual Lessons and Carols service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, Spring Music Festival of Worship, and Senior Service.
Board of Stewards member and HPU sophomore Eli Hamrick feels that the Chapel services are worthwhile to all who attend them, regardless of their particular beliefs.
“The Chapel at High Point University provides a refuge and place of hope for students, faculty and the community,” Hamrick says. “With a nondenominational service, all people of all walks of life attend and contribute in various ways. It is truly a coming together of the community and a unique time of reflection, encouragement and prayer.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.
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