“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” –Acts of the Apostles 2:42
During the summer months, we gather in small groups to get to know each other better and share the fellowship of a simple meal. We are a large and busy church, and one of the joys and challenges of being a large and busy church is that there is always someone new to meet. Our Supper Clubs can foster opportunities to make friends with other wonderful people outside of our usual social circles. In the summer of 2016, supper clubs will again be active. If you’re interested, sign up by April 15. Shortly after the April15 deadline, you will receive an email introducing your Supper Club members.
What is a Supper Club? Supper Club is a potluck dinner at a host’s home, where a group of people meet in an informal and relaxed setting. It’s great for newcomers and long-timers.
What’s the agenda? The only agenda is to get to know one another better and share food and fellowship. There is no program – just dinner, hospitality, and conversation.
Who can participate? All adults who attend St. James’s (members and visitors) are invited to participate!
How does it work? Everyone who has signed up will be assigned to a Supper Club of 6-8 other folks. The goal is for each group to get together several times over the summer months. Each time, one individual or family agrees to host the group in their home and provide a main dish. The other members of the group contribute the rest of the meal (salad, sides, dessert, beverages, etc.)
Who figures out when and where our supper club will gather? When you sign up online, there is a place to indicate days you simply cannot participate There is also a place to indicate if you are willing to be your club’s coordinator, or if you are willing to host the Supper Club in your home. The coordinator will reach out to the group by email or phone, and figure out the best day, time, and place for the group to meet. There are some online sites, such as PerfectPotluck or MeetingWizard, which might be helpful tools for those who volunteer to serve as a coordinator.
What if I’m a vegetarian, or lactose/gluten intolerant, or allergic to garbanzo beans? There is a place to list all your dietary restrictions on the online form. Your Supper Club coordinator and hosts will be informed of your needs and will work with the group to make sure there are options for you.
What if I will need a ride to Supper Club gatherings? Again, there is a place to indicate that on the online form, and you can work with your Supper Club coordinator to figure out transportation.
Can my group go to a restaurant/get together more than twice/do brunch instead of supper, etc? Sure! Get creative. Just make sure the alternative plan works for the whole group.
What about kids? Based on feedback from parents, we are currently limiting Supper Clubs to adults. The exception to this is if you are the host family, we encourage you to include your kids in the Supper Club on the evening you host.
What if my Supper Club can’t find any days to meet? This is rare, but it does happen once in a while. To mitigate calendar stress, please be as detailed as possible when providing your “Avoid Dates” in the online form below. Coordinators will do their best to accommodate everyone’s schedules, but occasionally the Supper Club may have to move forward with a date even if it does not work for everyone.
We hope you will participate. It will be a neat opportunity to strengthen the bonds of our parish life and make some new friends. Jesus knew that sharing meals is the best way to build community. Come be a part of the table fellowship!