“No more shackles, no more pain…” sang members of the College and Young Professionals of Christian Heritage Church as they began their Good Friday Night Live celebration in Lee Hall.
More than 100 Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College students and alumni stood up, shouted, clapped and jumped CYP members gave praise.
“We just want to bless the campus of FAMU,” said Niki Kilgore, wife of Christian Heritage Church Pastor Scott Kilgore II.
Brochures handed out at the door contained information about CYP such as the mission – to encourage and prepare the next generation of men and women to seek out and fulfill the plan of God in their lives.
The brochure also said CPY is one of several ministries that make up Christian Heritage Campus ministries. All of the ministries have an outreach mission.
Other ministries include: CYP athletics, a ministry that provides fellowship for those who enjoy recreational activities, CYP music ministries, Set Apart Ones dance ministry and Jabez Parking Lot ministry.
“I don’t know what drama happened on campus today, but Jesus is here right now!” said Scott Kilgore as he took the stage to deliver his sermon.
The theme for the evening was being “free to live again.” As he began, he referenced John 8:36 – “If the Son sets free, you will be free indeed.”
Several students from outside of the church attended the service as well.
“They should have it every year for Good Friday,” said Asenti Calhoun, 19, a freshman biology student from Wisconsin. “They give you a good word that you can take with you.”
Kilgore said CYP was able to host the event with the help of FAMU’s student activities interim director Saundra Inge.
CYP meets every Tuesday outside the eternal flame for prayer and every third Wednesday for service in Perry-Paige Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
“(We do this) to reach out to the campus of FAMU and create unity,” said Grace Elsen, 24, a voice performance student at FSU from St Augustine. “We want to touch lives.”
Kilgore said Christian Heritage Church has 6,000 members. Half of the members are students and alumni.
He also said the church is multi-cultural with 40 percent of membership being white and 60 percent being black.
“The organization has helped me get into my calling,” said Preston Lucas, 23, a senior computer engineering student from Miami.
If you are interested in attending a service or being apart of a ministry, contact Kilgore at SKchctoday.com. You can also visit the CYP Web site at www.cypchcm.com or myspace.com/cypchcm.
Lucas said with the encouragement of President James Ammons’ wife, Judy Ammons, CYP plans to start holding Sunday services on campus in addition to the services held during the week.