One local church invited college students for a day of studying, games and free food as finals approach.
McKinney Church hosted its Study Day event on Thursday from noon until midnight. The event was open to all college students.
Ernie Bonnoitt, the college pastor at McKinney Church, said the event is part of the college ministry, Encounter, which looks for ways to help students around the area.
“We know that finals are a very stressful time for college students,” Bonnoitt wrote in an email. “It’s an opportunity to bless them and show them that this church really does care about college students.”
For studying, the church provided quiet study spaces, group work rooms and tutoring. Students had access to free food and a coffee bar throughout the day. There were also service dogs to help relieve stress, free massages, movies, games and prizes. The event ended with an optional worship service.
To help students attend the Study Day event, shuttle buses went from the Brown-Lupton University Union to the church every 30 minutes.
Tien Nguyen, a junior business major, said she was planning on attending the Study Day event for the second time.
Nguyen said the church provides many resources and activities to help students study and relax.
Since the spring of 2014, McKinney Church has hosted the event every semester before finals.
McKinney Church is located in Arborlawn Dr. in Fort Worth. For more information, visit http://www.mckinneychurch.com/studyday.