This series is an opportunity for adult parishioners to get to know one another over an intimate dinner in a home or restaurant. Especially valuable to newcomers as a welcoming way to plug into our church life, the program also helps parishioners have a better sense of how we can be available to one another, “putting our faith into action.”
The dinner groups are comprised of eight or so adults (since most homes can accommodate that number), both couples and singles, and assigned randomly from among the signups. A “captain” will be designated to make the first contact and host the first dinner, either at their home or a restaurant (one in the past hosted theirs at a bowling alley!). It can be potluck or whatever format is preferred. At each dinner, the next dinner can be organized until the group has fully rotated all those who wish to host, hopefully, one dinner a month completed within four months. Each quarter, new signups will be solicited and new groups will be organized with all different people allocated to each group.
If one’s house is not big enough and a restaurant is not desirable, the parish hall is often available for these gatherings. Fr. Keith plans to rotate among the groups so that he and Karen can maximally circulate.
This is a perfect way to establish social ties among our parish family and celebrate God’s goodness over the breaking of bread.