They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 

Throughout the history of the Church, people have gathered around food to feed their bodies, as well as the sacred meal of the Table, the Eucharist, to feed their souls. One of the desires of people at Christ Church, per the results of the recent CAT survey, is to have more opportunities for fellowship. As the letter from the Rector Search Committee put it, one of the top goals for parishioners is to “Create more opportunities for people to form meaningful relationships (for example, small groups, nurtured friendships, shared meals).” Members of the hospitality committee have been thinking about this need for a while, from before the CAT survey began. Having seen and experienced different models of hospitality at other churches, big and small, they have been thinking of ways to reinvigorate the coffee hours, receptions, and other places where food and fellowship intersect.

This September, Christ Church will begin to offer Third Sunday Fellowship Breakfasts. On the third Sunday of each month during the program year, teams of volunteers, led by a member of the parish who is a chef, will set out and serve a hot breakfast in the Auditorium. Plenty of tables and chairs will be there so that folks can sit down, meet friends old and new, and have a chance to not just chat for a bit but to get to know each other. On occasion, a speaker will be present as well. But on most Third Sundays, the focus will be on fellowship. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., allowing Sunday school participants and the choir to share a bite before classes or rehearsals start, as well as for those who attend the 8:00 a.m. service to finish church. These breakfasts will be funded through donations and a modest free-will offering. As the saying goes, many hands make light work – to volunteer to join a Third Sunday Fellowship Breakfast team, please contact Betsy Hahn or Rev. Heather.