It was the time of year for finals, stress, and no sleep - and with it came Midnight Breakfast. The first Midnight Breakfast I attended (this past fall) was small and intimate. I spent more time conversing over a waffle than actually eating or studying. But as we prepared for this Spring’s Midnight Breakfast, I realized it would be much larger than the last.
Accompanying our wonderful display of Cinnamon Rolls, Waffle triangles, and fruit we had a made-to-order omelet bar staffed by wonderful volunteers who began prepping at 5pm. My absolute favorite part of the Breakfast display was the “coffee bar”. We had two coffee pots for normal brew and decaf brew, unsweetened iced coffee and sweetened iced coffee, and the wonderful Sunday Night Coffee team making Latte art and Specialty Hot Cocoa.
We also provided several stations for students to participate in. The group study area attracted massive groups of ten or more students, many belonging to Cru or Intervarsity Clubs at Cal State Long Beach. It was rewarding to see these students find a comfortable safe place to study, at a church no less, and to be blessed by the Cornerstone volunteers.
We had a prayer station where our college leaders would pray over and encourage those students loaded with stress and anxiety. Our Arts and Craft station was about quieting the mind and engaging it in less stressful activities. We had origami how-to guides that were supposed to only stress your fingers; and since I know there are people like me out there who can’t fold a perfect line for anything… we also had paper airplanes guides. In addition to Arts and Crafts we had an animal therapy section that was manned by Karen Kimmel and her pug LuLu.
Our quiet study station was where students who needed peace and quiet could study in solitude, or be helped by volunteer tutors. I spent most of my time there studying with Joan Mosely going over term after term for my own Astronomy final. Her patience with me showed how God can truly work through anything to show He loves me. She gave up her Sunday night to help me study for 2 ½ hours, and even contacted me later to see how I did on it. The final station was the Wellness Lounge; this was run by Nidia Solaroli, another College Leader whose profession is Massage Therapy. She spent hours giving hand massages and foot soaks to every student who needed one. The Wellness Lounge was dimly lit by Christmas lights with beautiful music playing in the background. It was incredibly relaxing.
Through these stations students were able to feel God’s love, and even if the actions were very small, like Joan repeating the word “planetesimals” fifteen times before it stuck in my head, it impacted those who went. Students left relaxed and ready to face their future, not just their finals. Too many times college students can lose track of why they’re going to school, and as a ministry Wellspring always wants to encourage them to never lose sight of why they work this hard to get a passing grade. Midnight Breakfast was a smashing hit that will return next Fall to encourage and de-stress the College community of Cornerstone Church.
College Ministry Intern
"It was rewarding to see these students find a comfortable safe place to study, at a church no less, and to be blessed by the Cornerstone volunteers."
"We had a prayer station where our college leaders would pray over and encourage those students loaded with stress and anxiety."
"Through these stations students were able to feel God’s love, and even if the actions were very small... Students left relaxed and ready to face their future, not just their finals."