By Emily Sewell
In the past three months, four college students have come together to organize an unforgettable event for the Oxford community. “Come Together: Oxford” will be a night of worship with nationally-known pastor Louie Giglio and Passion, a Christian band.
Students, faculty, community members and visitors can come and worship as a group April 9 in the Pavilion. Students receive a free ticket with their student IDs, while other guests can purchase a general admission ticket for $10. The event begins at 7 p.m.
“It’s the first time Oxford has ever had something that’s been able to bring in every church and every student ministry,” said Thomas Barr, a junior and co-creator of Come Together.
Barr had a vision of hosting a large group worship event for the Oxford community after visiting a worship weekend in Starkville with Carter Andrews, another student who helped start the event. They brought in Ole Miss seniors Gabby Puglisi and Olivia Miller to help coordinate and organize the event.
“There will be a big stage with lights and a video board with effects,” Andrews said, explaining how they plan to transform the Pavilion. “It will be a really big and elaborate production.”
Community members say they are excited for this event and think it’s a big deal that such large names such as Giglio and Passion Music will be at the inaugural event.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for all of Oxford to come together with the students of Ole Miss for a night of worship,” said Caroline Moulton, a sophomore at Ole Miss. “I know the students who started this have been working really hard so it’s sure to be a great night.”
Barr feels like this could be an opportunity to break down barriers and bring everyone together for an event that would allow a focus on God for one night.
“I think there’s a lot of struggles in college students’ lives, including anxiety, addiction, and even racial discrimination. We believe this night can break down all those walls,” Barr said.
Miller, Puglisi, Barr, and Andrews hope to make this an annual event for the Oxford community. They hope the event continues to grow every year.
“We’re hoping next year maybe it will turn into a two-night or a three-night thing,” Puglisi said. “It’s going to be an awesome night of worship, community, and just bringing in the entire community in a way thOxfordord has never seen before.”