Ministries of Sharp Chapel

WOW – Worship on Wednesday

Begun in 2002 as an intentional move to restore a weekly mid-week chapel service to the TU campus, Worship on Wednesday, affectionately known as WOW, has grown from a group of 10 worshippers to a gathering of over 150 students, staff and faculty. The 12:00 noon chapel service is a Christian particular praise and worship service that meets every Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters. And, through the very generous gift of the Sharp Chapel Endowment, a catered lunch is offered to all at 12:30 pm in the Buford Atrium.

Contact:
Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

Lunch with Calvin

Lunch with Calvin began in 2005 as an opportunity for students to gather in an informal setting, around a catered lunch provided by the Chapel Endowment each Monday at noon in the Chapel’s Martha S. Canterbury Suite to read and discuss the writings of 16th c reformer John Calvin. Over the years, groups of undergraduate and graduate students have gathered to read from Calvin’s 1559 Institutes, his pastoral and ecclesiastical writings, a selection of his writings on the Christian life edited by the great 20th c Reformed theologian John Haddington Leith and most recently a systematic reading of Elsie McKee’s English translation of Calvin’s 1541 French edition of his Institutes of Christian Religion.

Contact:
Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

Apologetics for Lunch

Begun as a suggestion by a student in 2007, Apologetics for Lunch has been meeting weekly each Thursday at 11:45 am in the Buford Atrium of Sharp Chapel to offer lunch and an opportunity to read and study together great voices of Christian Apologetics. The weekly lunch gathering is comprised of students, staff and faculty and has engaged the writings of Timothy Keller – The Reason for God, Peter Kreeft – Socrates meets Jesus, C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters, Alister McGrath – selections from Dawkin’s God, and Surprised by Meaning, John Stott – Basic Christianity, and G.K Chesterton – Orthodoxy.

Contact:
Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

UKirk Ministries - Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars Leadership program and the Presbyterian Leadership Scholarship

The Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars Leadership program and the Presbyterian Leadership Scholarship were the initial components of the revival and renewal of the Presbyterian presence on the campus of The University of Tulsa, which began in 1999. The Presbyterian Leadership Scholarship is a four-year, $6,000.00 per year scholarship for outstanding, graduating high school Presbyterian students who apply for the scholarship and are recommended by their home church pastor. Those named Presbyterian Leadership Scholars become active participants the Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars (PLS) Leadership Program the task of which is to provide active student leadership to the various UKirk ministries. Those who participate in PLS, have the opportunity once in their collegiate career at TU to be a part of the biennial Heritage Tour to Scotland. The tour is a 10 day traveling seminar that teaches the history of the Scottish Reformation, the subsequent development of Presbyterianism and the Church of Scotland.

Contact:
Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

UKirk - Friday Lunch

Begun in 1999 as a weekly lunch gathering for members of the Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars Leadership Program, the lunch now includes not only PLS members but students involved with UKirk ministries as well as students from the larger campus community. UKirk Friday lunch meets on Fridays at noon in the Buford Atrium. The Sharp Chapel Endowment provides a catered lunch for the nearly 60 students who gather. A UKirk core leadership team under the guidance of the UKirk/Chaplain intern and the Sharp Chaplain coordinates each Friday’s program which includes devotionals and reflection time, mission information events and hands-on opportunities, Christian and Reformed Theological and Leadership presentations, as well as worship.

Contact:
Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

Cory Bys
UKirk/Chaplain Intern
cory-bys@utulsa.edu

UKirk - Large Group (worship and fellowship)

UKirk Large Group is a weekly student-led worship and fellowship opportunity that meets on Thursday evenings at 9:00 pm in the Buford Atrium. The worship is coordinated by the UKirk core leadership team under the guidance of the UKirk/Chaplain intern and the campus minister of First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa. Preceding and following worship are opportunities for students to gather for fellowship.

Contact:
Cory Bys
UKirk/Chaplain Intern
cory-bys@utulsa.edu

Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

UKirk Core Groups

UKirk Core Groups are small groups of students and a mentor member of First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa who meet together for Bible studies, book studies, discussion, meals, Christian support and fellowship. The groups coordinated by the UKirk/Chaplain intern and the First Presbyterian Church campus minister.

Contact:
Cory Bys
UKirk/Chaplain Intern
cory-bys@utulsa.edu

Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu

UKirk Fair Trade Thursdays

One of several mission opportunities pursued by UKirk members. Each Thursday on the steps of Sharp Chapel, UKirk members give away freshly brewed and fairly traded hot coffee, cocoa, tea, as well as a variety of fairly traded chocolates to educate students, faculty and staff about fairly traded products and the importance of supporting their use.

Contact:
Cory Bys
UKirk/Chaplain Intern
cory-bys@utulsa.edu

Rev. Dr. Jeff Francis
Sharp Chaplain
918.631.2546
jeff-francis@utulsa.edu