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Chapel Assistants


The Heart of the Mecca


Maya King


Friday 5:00 PM
Basement of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
Sixth Street & Howard Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059
United States
“Every Friday at Five.”  Those four words have become synonymous with the food, fun, and fellowship Howard University Chapel Assistants receive as they enter the lower level of Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel on Friday evenings. After another week at the Mecca, students have the opportunity at the beginning of each meeting to reflect on their weeks and express what they are thankful for. After giving thanks and introductions, students receive inspiration for the following week by hearing their peers’ weekly devotional message.  Many students have said after meetings that the messages they receive in these devotionals are sometimes exactly what they need to sustain themselves for the week. After students get filled spiritually and before they get filled physically, students sign up for Sunday duties in which they assist with all facets of Chapel service.  Once all the Sunday duties have been volunteered for, meetings end in prayer for whatever is on students’ hearts as well as free food and fellowship.


The Chapel Assistants is a service organization on campus made up of diverse students that share the determination to strengthen their individual relationships with Christ as well as their collective dedication to serving God. The Chapel Assistants support and attend the weekly Chapel services held on Sundays and conduct various community service projects. The Chapel Assistants are looking for dedicated individuals to continue the growth of this campus organization.



The Angel Tree Project annually collects gifts from donors and gives them to needy elementary Christmas. The project expands and encompasses more children every year, and we plan on continuing it in the future.  The National Children’s Medical Center blood-drive helps ailing children, many of them with sickle-cell, more likely to be compatible because it comes from their own.  We also hope to continue this relatively young tradition and help the National Children’s Medical Center with their needs as often as we can.  The brand new tradition started by the Chapel Assistants this year is the Social Justice Club at Cardozo High School.  The Social Justice Club was founded by the Chapel Assistants and exposes local high school students, the world’s future leaders, to the ideas of social justice and equality.  In addition to fostering such ideas in the minds of Cardozo High School students, the Social Justice Club also allows some students to develop an interest they already had and provides these students alternatives to other after school activities.


How to become a member

Anyone can become a chapel assistant! Reach out to any current member to participate and attend meetings every Friday at 5:00 in the lower level of the chapel office for more information.