Weekly Worship Services

The word BETHEL comes from the Scriptures. One of the first times the word is mentioned is in Genesis 28. A young man, Jacob, leaves home for the first time. He stops for the night and has an encounter with the living God of his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac. When he awakes in the morning he says, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is no other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel. Genesis 28:10-19

So the word BETHEL actually means House of God!

Weekly Worship Services


Tuesday mornings at 11:00 AM Chapel services are a place where we gather together to lift the name of Christ on high in the Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building. In the weekly, contemporary Chapel service there will be preachers from different denominations all within mainline Christendom:  one week a National Baptist may preach, followed by a United Methodist, a Cumberland Presbyterian or possibly a Roman Catholic Priest. The music is provided by the talented Renaissance Praise Team.

All worship services will revolve around the basic, orthodox teachings of the church found in the Apostles' Creed. This Creed summarizes the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. The third day He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. 



Like a more traditional service? Join us for a liturgical Holy Communion service every Thursday morning at 11:00 AM on the third floor of Campbell Hall. Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one is required to partake in the elements.

If you are not a Christian and/or you have questions about the faith we ask you to come, observe and please be respectful as we worship. Both the Senior Chaplain and the Chaplain of Athletics are available after services or during office hours to answer your questions.

Chapel Requirements

All full-time traditional undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (including transfers and commuters) are required to attend the weekly worship services. This requirement can be fulfilled by attending the Chapel service on Tuesdays and/or the Communion service on Thursdays. The Chapel requirements for each class are as follows:

Freshmen: 12 services per semester

*First semester freshmen will attend the Chapel service on Tuesdays as part of the College Orientation Experience (COE) course requirement. All other freshmen can attend any of the weekly worship services to meet the requirement.           

Sophomores: 6 services per semester                            

Juniors: 3 services per semester (in effect Fall 2015)

Seniors: 0 services per semester

If, in extenuating circumstances, students cannot attend the weekly services, they can put the love of Christ into action by giving an hour of community service for each required worship service. Contact Candace Sumner, the Mission and Outreach Coordinator at 731-352-6380 or missions@bethelu.edu to identify local service projects. To receive credit for service projects, students must complete a Service Project Log and return it to the Mission and Outreach Coordinator. Service projects must be completed during the semester for which Chapel credit is to be earned.

If students choose not to attend the weekly services or participate in service projects, the final option is to donate $10.00 for each required worship service to Bethel service projects. If students do not meet the semester requirement, a $10.00 non-compliance fee for each required worship service will be the default option. All money collected will go towards Bethel service projects.

Every student is given the opportunity to worship God through song, the Lord's Table, the use of hands and feet in the community, or by giving. The way you worship God is up to you. 

In extreme hardship cases the Dean of Student Life, James Stewart, will grant exemptions from attending the weekly services on a case by case basis.

Still have questions? Contact Dr. Anne Hames, Senior Chaplain at 731-352-4066 or Coach Cliff Barna, Chaplain of Athletics at 731-352-6777.