By Adrienne AndersonSeptember 4, 2013
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2013) -- Kelley Hill Chapel is gearing up to bring worship services to Soldiers with Velocity. It kicks off at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the chapel with the first worship service, which will then continue every second Sunday.
Though all Soldiers and their Families are invited to the service, the aim is to help single Soldiers have a place to go for worship and fellowship -- especially those on Kelley Hill without transportation.
"The only option is to walk to Main Post or bum a ride from somebody," said Chaplain (Maj.) Geoff Bailey.
The services will provide a sense of community and mentorship, he said.
"There will be a fellowship meal afterward … so Soldiers can choose to go to the (dining facility) or they can come here for homecooked food," Bailey said. "When I was a single Soldier, I prefered homecooked food."
Fellowship meals will start on the second Sunday of next month.
Velocity also gets Soldiers active in the local community outside of Fort Benning every fourth Sunday with community service activities, Bailey said.
The importance of Velocity, said Chaplain (Capt.) Chad Cottle, is to add a spiritual dimension to the emphasis the Army puts on physical and emotional strength, one of the tenents of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness.
"We want to feed them God's word and how it applies to their everyday life," he said.
The community service aspect, said Chaplain (Capt.) Todd Wainman, means "putting faith and values into spiritual practice."
Overall, Velocity will provide Soldiers with a modern and contemporary feel, Bailey said. And the worship services are casual with no dress code.
"We really want to connect to real-life examples as we preach -- what the scripture says about experiences and circumstances (people) are going through in their daily lives," Cottle said.
Currently, the chaplains are looking for Soldiers with musical talent to play in the band that will be used during services.
Wainman said the chaplains want feedback and ideas from those attending, encouraging them to take charge of their worship service.
For more information about Velocity, call Bailey at 706-505-6271.