Houghton University to host series of public Christian revival series in September

Rooted, a three-day free public series of spiritual revival services, will return to Houghton University in September.

Four sessions are included on the University’s fall calendar, to be held in the John and Charles Wesley Chapel at 1 Willard Avenue, including 6PM Sunday, September 10; 11:10AM Monday, September 11, as part of the regular campus chapel service, and at 7PM the same day; and 7PM Tuesday, September 12.

Rev. Santes Beatty, director of the Next Gen Multiplication and Discipleship team at The Wesleyan Church global denomination, will be the speaker for the revival, worship, and spiritual renewal service.

The former children, youth and young adult pastor has some 25 years of ministry and leadership experience in next generation and college administrator positions.

Revival sought
Part of his passion, according to the denomination, is seeing revival come through a commitment to prayer and fasting, first in families and then in local churches that will spark a global movement.

Santes, who was appointed to his position earlier this year, seeks to have church leaders have presence-driven, values-focused ministries that reach diverse families and communities.

As Houghton College, the educational institution experienced at least two recorded Christian revivals and community transformations, in February 1942 and October 1951, which not only impacted college students and staff members but spread to churches and communities throughout the region and as far away as Buffalo and Philadelphia.

Back to Church Sunday/Weekend
The gatherings will precede a separate, unrelated national Back to Church Sunday/Weekend effort in which a dozen churches in Allegany County already have engaged in a joint effort in helping to return congregants to churches following summer vacations and other travel interruptions, along with encouraging individuals and families which currently may not be involved with a church to visit one in their areas.

Participating Allegany County churches to date include Almond Community Church; Cuba United Methodist Church; Friendship COGIC-Mission Agape, Bible Baptist, 1st United Methodist, and the United Church of Friendship, all in Friendship; and the Riverside Assembly of God, Crosstown Alliance, The Salvation Army, Brookside Wesleyan, and Yorks Corners Mennonite churches, all in Wellsville, currently the largest group in any county in Upstate New York.

Three additional churches, over the border in Pennsylvania, also are part of the initiative, including Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle and First Baptist Church, both in Shinglehouse, and Harrison Valley Alliance Church.

The full searchable database of currently participating churches throughout the nation is available at www.findachurchnow.com.
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