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Delight ministry aims to build women’s community on campus

Social clubs, Freshman Experience, the Brew—these are just a few aspects of campus life which establish a community at Oklahoma Christian University. However, clubs or classes can be detrimental to unity. Delight, a new women’s ministry coming to campus, aims to build a community which will unite women from all clubs and grades.

Junior Macy Bryan is the leader behind Oklahoma Christian’s chapter of Delight.

“I was looking for a greater sense of community,” Bryan said. “I really love club and the community in club, but I was meeting other girls outside of club and thinking ‘I’ve never gotten to hang out with these girls.’ I found Delight and thought it would be a great way to bring girls together to talk about Christ and have that community, whether you’re in club or not.”

According to its website, Delight is a ministry aimed to “launch, grow and sustain Christ-centered women’s communities at college campuses across the country” and “provide an environment for women to vulnerably share about how Christ has been at work in their lives.” Colleges nationwide host Delight chapters which use a universal curriculum to strengthen a Christian community.

Bryan said the ministry will bring women together for both Bible study and fellowship.

“My goal is to have small groups,” Bryan said. “It won’t just be one big, scary group. We’ll be able to break up and talk, as well as read through Scripture together and understand it.”

Bryan aims to host a variety of events for women across campus to grow in their faith and community.

“We will be having meetings on Thursdays,” Bryan said. “We’ll also have worship nights, community service events or just events to help out around campus.”

In addition, she emphasized Delight is designed to foster community.

“Anyone and everyone is invited to come,” Bryan said. “No matter what grade, age, club—we just want to get to know girls and learn about the Lord.”

Oklahoma Christian students Macy Reynolds, Carley Compton, Payton Jackson and Paige Hamm are joining Bryan in leading Delight.

Sophomore Macy Reynolds looks forward to seeing the vulnerability and unity Delight will bring to women who are looking for stronger Christian fellowship.

“I want this to be a safe haven for women at OC to share anything,” said Reynolds. “I want it to be a community where all women are welcome and loved for being exactly who they are, and to all choose to focus on loving those around them and the Lord.”

Reynolds emphasized Delight will serve to bring girls together despite club or academic differences.

“Delight will build on the existing communities here at OC,” Reynolds said. “Our goal is to make a collective of women and genuinely love them for them and to just have fun and learn more about God, our one true uniting factor.”

Reynolds said she hopes girls will come out and join Delight, even if it is not required or part of a club activity.

“[Delight] will be what be what you put into it,” Reynolds said. “Like anything else, it will present you with a great community. All you have to do is embrace it.”

Finally, Reynolds expressed her faith in the Delight team to lead women on campus.

“All of the team is sharing roles in Delight to make this first year a success,” Reynolds said. “Our job is to make sure the women that come to Delight feel seen and loved for exactly who they are.”

Delight will host its kickoff event on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm at Hartman Place. The event will be kudos approved.

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