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Churches in the Midlands offer different styles of worship

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The common view of church includes traditional music and quiet reflection. The common view of church includes traditional music and quiet reflection.
At Midtown Fellowship the mood is more relaxed at a "Gathering". At Midtown Fellowship the mood is more relaxed at a "Gathering".
At Baptist Collegiate Ministry students attend CrossTraining. At Baptist Collegiate Ministry students attend CrossTraining.
Taylor Sanchez feels he's found his church home at BCM. Taylor Sanchez feels he's found his church home at BCM.

By Nikki Leak

When you think of a church service most people see the stereotypical image. It's easy to hear the traditional hymns, see the formal attire of the church goers, and their quiet reflection during service.

The face of worship is changing and including different worship styles in Columbia.

Midtown Fellowship in downtown Columbia features 'gatherings' instead of traditional services. They don't have to wear their Sunday best, and they receive a relaxed message with everyday language everyone understands.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry holds 'Cross Training' in the place of services. Food is served at 7 p.m and then the lively music starts. The Christian band entertains the crowd with modern gospel music. Pastors of Midlands churches visit regularly to speak to the crowd.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry is also a gateway for people like Taylor Sanchez to find a church that fits them best.

"I felt very welcomed here the moment I stepped inside the doors. I really missed that sense of home," said Sanchez.

Andy Weems is the pastor at Baptist Collegiate Ministry. He said one of the goals of the ministry is to help members find a local church that appeals to their preferences.

"Pastors visit and speak and that gives students the opportunity to see what churches are in the area and they might be drawn to visit that church," said Weems.

With so many styles of worship it's clear that moving away from traditional services doesn't mean moving away from God.

"Church isn't a building. Two or more believers together, that's where church is," said Sanchez. "The communion and fellowship is the most important part".

Baptist Collegiate Ministry is located on Main Street. The ministry has a catalog of places of worship to recommend to students who are looking for a match of their own.

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