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    Rend Collective - January 2016 @LeeUChurch Series

    U-Church Spring 2016 Begins with Rend Collective

    As part of Lee’s commitment to corporate worship and unity within the body of Christ, multiple chapel services are offered each month. A campus favorite is U-Church, a service held one Sunday night per month during the semester. Taking place in the Conn Center, these events have welcomed guests such as Kari Jobe, Jon Foreman, The City Harmonic, Ballet Magnificat!, All Sons and Daughters, Gungor, Tedashii, Propaganda, Phil Wickham, Family Force 5, Leeland, and many others.

    “We are so blessed to have an administration at Lee that provides the resources and encourages the growth of the U-Church concert series as part of our chapel program,” said Josh York, U-Church director. “It provides a wonderful opportunity for students and community members to enjoy quality worship, performance music, and art at no charge to them.”

    Upcoming U-Church concerts for this semester include Rend Collective Experiment on January 17 and Andy Mineo on February 21.

    “U-Church was created years ago at the request of students,” said York. “It has continued to grow and experience success because students have been encouraged to provide feedback and submit suggestions, which has allowed for the program to be shaped and molded by them directly.”

    According to their website, Rend Collective Experiment developed organically, outside of the influence of the music industry and CCM culture, as a self-described “group of confused twenty-somethings trying to figure out faith, life, God and community.” The group hails from the small coastal town of Bangor in Northern Ireland.

    Since 2010, they have released four albums and have stepped onto the world stage as leading voices in the evolution of modern worship. Their 2012 song “Build Your Kingdom Here” received a Dove Award nomination, and their 2014 album “The Art of Celebration” hit the Billboard 200 Top 15 and UK Top 30. The Collective toured with Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels in 2011, and with Kari Jobe in 2014.

    While the group comprises over 15 members, the band tours and records with five to six members. The remaining members are there for support and to encourage the band "spiritually, musically, and missionally." Rend Collective Experiment member Chris Llewellyn explains that “we aren’t really so much of a band as we are a family. People are more important than music, art or apparent success.”

    The U-Church series also includes a student-led worship experience each semester called “An Evening of Worship.” This time of corporate worship and communion focuses on such themes as “All Things New,” “Personal Revival,” and “Living a Life of Service.”

    “‘An Evening of Worship’ is one of my favorite events of the semester because of the more than 120 students involved in the creation and execution of this meaningful time of worship and corporate communion,” said York. “To start the process, Dr. Brad Moffett and I put together a creative team of students who meet on a weekly basis to plan each of these services. In these meetings, students spend time discussing what is going on in their own lives, what they are learning in the classroom, in SmallGroups, and in their own devotional time, and the successes and struggles they are experiencing as part of their own personal journey. Typically out of these discussions will come the theme for that semester’s ‘An Evening of Worship.’ While the theme may change from semester to semester, the service always revolves around a time to share the Lord’s Supper with our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

    U-Church is always a free, non-ticketed event for students, alumni and the community. Services start at 7:30 p.m.

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