Church and College Breakfast Fair and Worship set for Aug. 24

Aug. 1, 2014

Maryville College’s Church and College Breakfast Fair will be held on Sun., Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, followed by a worship service at 10 a.m.

The event will give Maryville College students the opportunity to meet members of local churches and faith communities and learn about their worship services while enjoying food and friendship before classes begin. For the past 14 years, the event was held as an afternoon picnic, but the College decided to change the format this year to connect it with the worship service.

“Although the Church and College Breakfast Fair has a new time and a new format, the heart of the event – bringing together a welcoming group of churches to meet new MC students and share information about ministries, mission and congregations – remains the same,” said Kathleen Farnham, director of church relations at Maryville College.

Set-up begins at 8:30 a.m., and local churches are asked to bring one to three church members and provide displays, information about their church and breakfast items for students to pick up from church display tables (cut up fruit, cheeses, small breakfast breads, juices, etc.). Coffee will be provided.

“Church representatives may be lay leaders, clergy, program directors, current college students or members with particular interest in ministry with college students,” Farnham said.

The Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee will lead the worship service at 10 a.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, followed by fellowship at 11 a.m. All are invited to the worship service, and participating churches will be recognized during the service. Up to three members from each church are invited for brunch at 11:30 a.m. in the newly renovated Margaret Ware Dining Room.

Reservations are required by Aug. 15. For more information or to register, please contact Marde Soutullo at 865.981.8200 or marde.soutullo@maryvillecollege.edu.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.