Food for Thought
A County Wicklow church has found a way of reaching out that feeds both body and mind. Bridge Christian Community in Arklow has been running ‘Food for Thought’ evenings every few months for two years now. The concept is very simple: a meal with friends with some kind of Christian input between courses.
“The church is mostly made up of families who are committed to friendship evangelism and are involved in the community one way or another,” said pastor Robert Holden. “We have found that simply hosting a meal is a natural progression from that and allows a wider network of relationships to develop. It also works to our strengths as we have some great cooks!”
Each evening has been different, with a love theme for Valentine’s weekend this year, a singer-songwriter performing another time, and previously a Brazilian evening with a missionary sharing. Games and quizzes are sometimes included as icebreakers to get the conversation flowing. “It’s very low-key, and the aim is to stimulate thought and conversation, with the opportunity then to invite people to a church meeting or event if that’s appropriate,” added Robert. “What we have found is that people have felt very comfortable with it and have a real sense of welcome and even belonging, opening the way for more content in future.
It is certainly the first time I have seen people truly sorry they can’t come to an outreach event – we have had guests inviting other guests along, which is great.”
Perhaps the old saying is true: the way to the heart is through the stomach!
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