Vox Church hosts first-ever church service at Westville Music Bowl


The 10th anniversary of the church brings together 2,500 participants.


Courtesy of Ian Cristmann

On September 12, Vox Church – a multi-site, non-denominational Christian church in New Haven – celebrated its 10th anniversary by hosting a church service at the Westville Music Bowl. The event brought together nearly 2,500 attendees from 10 Church congregations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The church service lasted 90 minutes and included an episode of “corporate worship,” in which church members sang together. It included representatives from all congregations in the Church, with over 200 volunteers helping to organize the event. At the event, organizers spoke about the Church’s recent work in the community and donated items to teachers and children.

“Being a multi-site church is extremely rare – having all eight of our sites together. I think it was extremely special for all of our church to come together for service, ”said Mike Schnepp, executive pastor of Vox Church, in an interview.

The service’s repertoire consisted of around seven songs, including Vox Church originals such as “Grateful” and “Loyal,” soon to be released, as well as pieces written by other artists, according to Bru Hickey, director of the service. central system – which oversees the operations of the event and the team of volunteers. Church staff and volunteers conducted the music for the participants. According to Schnepp, this “beautiful blend of music” was created “with the soul and purpose of using it. [the music] glorify the name of Jesus.

As part of the event, Vox Church also highlighted its recent community service initiatives, including helping local ministry partners. Organizers said the Church has worked on more than 50 community service projects in the past two months.

The Church emailed panelists, posted its tenth anniversary on social media, and reached out to volunteers at their various locations to promote the service.

“We couldn’t make this happen without the volunteers,” Hickey said. “They were ready for anything from cutting the pizza to making all the coffee to handing out our welcome pack to people. We had so many people in our community who wanted to be a part of it, just serve our church and love everyone we welcomed that day. “

(Photo: courtesy of Christa Bosse)

As part of the anniversary celebration, volunteers wrote letters of thanks to Church members, left gifts for teachers and schools, and shoes for children in need.

Communion followed at the end of the event. For Justin Kendrick, senior pastor of the Vox Church, fellowship was a reflection on the two challenges faced during the pandemic and “the great ones of God over the past two years to walk with us through these challenges.”

“We at Vox Church are truly grateful,” Kendrick told The News in an interview. “We are grateful for our city, we are grateful to be a part of New Haven and we believe that [the] The best is yet to come.”

Vox Church was founded in 2011 in New Haven.


Gamze covers the arts in the city news and writes for the WKND. She is in her first year at Pauli Murray with a specialization in psychology and humanities.

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