Fair to acquaint local churches, students

Fort Worth community churches will be on campus participating in the Annual TCU Church Fair on Monday, according to University Ministries.The fair will be an opportunity for students to meet the staff and members of churches from the Fort Worth Area and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge, said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, minister to the university.

The fair is a gathering of more than 30 congregations, she said, and it is a chance for students to get connected outside of TCU.

“In this day and age, people choose churches like a consumer product; it should be about building relationships,” Kaufman said. “It’s important for people to find a fit and find a community in a church.”

She said information on church college programs will be provided, as well as free food.

Alex Miller, a staff member at Hope Community Church, said he is gearing up for the first semester of college programs. Hope Community Church will be starting Sunday Bible studies, church services and other church-related college events this fall, he said.

Miller said his college ministry’s goal is to create a new program to have more one-on-one time with the church and with other students.

The Rev. Tom Plumbley, from First Christian Church, said he wants to invite more college students to be part of his congregation.

He said that for the next four Fridays, First Christian Church will offer lunch and music for college students.

Both Hope Community Church and First Christian Church will be represented at the fair.

Kaufman said other church college programs include church families adopting college students, worship services and free meals.

She said last year more than 400 students participated in the fair, and the fair has been a tradition for more than a decade.