July 12, 2012
As a former College of Charleston student, walking was a way of life. I walked to classes, restaurants, shops, and grocery stores.
Without a car several semesters, I was at the mercy of roommates and friends to transport me to church in the suburbs on Sundays.
A decade ago the churches in the suburbs were the only ones actively reaching out to college students. How wonderful to have had a young, vibrant congregation like Redeemer Presbyterian downtown within a short walk of the college.
Redeemer takes care of college students, offering “adoptive” families for students who want a listening ear, a home-cooked meal, or a comfortable place to do laundry.
Redeemer is also the church home for several campus-ministry staff, bringing many students through its doors on Sundays and during the week.
College students are an important part of our city, and churches that minister to our students should be encouraged.
If our city leaders don’t preserve and protect growing, worshiping downtown congregations, then college students without cars might determine it’s far easier to forego their Sunday habit.
Gray Morgan Gemstone Boulevard Hanahan