It’s half-past seven on Sunday night and the lights are going down on a large sanctuary milling with young people. The neon stage lights come up on a small worship team surrounded by white candles, and the worship of almost one thousand voices begins.
The Bridge is the name for the Sunday night services at Calvary Fellowship Church in Downingtown, thirty minutes from Eastern.
Although open to all ages, The Bridge was created by and for young adults and most of the attendees are college students.
The worship is contemporary and passionate, and the pastor, Phil Carnuccio, is a dynamic speaker with a heart for the Word and twelve years pastoral experience.
According to the church’s web site, there is a standing invitation to join the Bridge’s leaders for fellowship at nearby restaurants after the services.
Common choices are Appetites on Main and Applebees in Exton. Many students also opt to go out in their own groups.
Other than the Sunday services, there are many ways to get involved at The Bridge.
Small groups are offered for discipleship in all age groups, and getting plugged into one is as easy as shooting off an email.
III Twenty, a young adults ministry of fellowship, teaching and prayer, meets at 11:30 each Sunday morning.
There are also monthly socials and mentoring sessions for young married couples.
For those who like to serve, the Bridge Academy and Community Center is always looking for volunteers.
The BACC ministers to the Coatesville area through creative arts, education and community projects.
According to Stephanie Wilson, who leads the BACC alongside her husband Steve, the goal of the BACC is to use the gospel of Christ to disciple people in the Coatesville community.
The Bridge also offers trips for missions and fellowship.
This February, students can take part in Elevation ’06, a skiing and snowboarding trip to Smugglers Notch, Vermont. The trip will be a conglomeration of winter sports, services, and Bible studies.
In July, The Bridge is sending a team on a missions trip to Mexico. The group will minister at a Christian camp and conference center in Cuernavaca.
The Bridge services are held at five and seven-thirty on Sunday nights in the main sanctuary.
For more information, visit www.thebridgeministries.com.