By Ashlynn Bowles
When you walk into the choir room during lunch, you would expect to find people practicing music or playing the piano. However on Mondays, the chairs are set in a circle and pizza on the table.
This is the usual set up for Jesus Club, a club for Christian Storm students, as well as non-Christian students who are interested in learning more about the religion. The club is headed up by juniors Zoey Harris, Clara Mayhugh and Destin Cervantez.
“It’s a place where kids can come if they have questions about religion, and a place where we can all come together and just ask each other questions,” Harris said.
Harris was inspired to help start this freshly assembled club is because of how religion has impacted her life.
“Being Christian has changed my life, and it honestly shapes who I am. Christianity seeps into every aspect of my life, and I want to share that with other people because I have benefited so much from it,” Harris said.
Occasionally the club has a pastor come in, so that people can ask them questions.
“Anyone can just rapid fire questions at these pastors. It’s really entertaining because people sometimes ask really complex questions,” Harris said.
While meetings sometimes have a heavy focus on spirituality, others are more about just having a good time with others that share similar beliefs.
“Sometimes we will just play games, eat pizza and listen to music, it’s really chill,” Harris said. “We aren’t a bunch of super stuck-up Christian kids who are judging everyone we see. That’s not who we are, and that is not what Christianity is either.”
Though no one has shown outright dislike or hatred towards the religiously focused club, but there is still a slight cloud of hesitation to support the club fully, such as senior Ethan Koester.
“They are definitely not subtle about it. They scream over the intercom every Monday, but I think it should be allowed. There hasn’t really been any opposition, in the sense of like, ‘I feel like you’re impressing christianity on me,’ that hasn’t really been a problem. People aren’t actually being hurt by it.” Koester said.
Above everything, the goal of Jesus Club is to be an accepting and safe space for all, a goal shared by all club members.
“Jesus Club is for anyone who has questions or anyone who is trying to figure out what the heck they are doing with their life, or who they are. We are all trying to figure that out and it’s a place where people can feel safe to ask questions and be open with other kids.” Harris said.
The club has approximately 15 attendees at any given meeting, and considering that the club has only been together since the beginning the 2019-2020 school year, the club’s immediate growth is impressive.