Dinner for Eight is a great way to meet folks from church that you may not already know and also a good way to get to know your church better. Groups plan their own meals and get together once a month from September-December. You share meals at participants’ homes, at local restaurants, or wherever the group decides. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship, so you don’t have to be a cook to participate. Discussion questions will be provided to start conversations and help you get to know each other on a deeper level.
How does a Dinner for Eight Group work?
Simply fill out the registration form and return it to the church office. Once groups are formed, a Coordinator will be selected for each group. They will contact members to arrange the details for the first gathering. Dinner groups are encouraged to be creative in the meals they enjoy together.
What does a group Coordinator do?
This is the point person for the group. The Coordinator contacts members to select the location, date, and food sign-ups for the first gathering. It is highly recommended that future gatherings are scheduled during your first night.
Who cooks the meals?
It’s potluck! Usually the host will make the main dish, and other participants will bring coordinating sides or desserts. Potluck dinners are also a good way to simplify meal planning and distribute costs equally among everyone in the group. Consider picking a dinner “theme night” (i.e. Italian night, backyard barbeque, soup night, etc.), and everyone can bring a dish that goes along with that theme. Some groups may also choose to visit local restaurants.
I don’t have room to host a dinner, or I really can’t cook!
Our desire is for you to spend time together getting to know each other and include everyone. Your group may choose to repeat a home or go out to eat.
How are the groups formed?
As groups are formed, our goal will be to put people together so that each group has, at most, eight adults, taking into account the preferences that you listed. Groups may be comprised of all couples, two couples and four singles, one couple and six singles, etc. It all depends on who signs up.
What about families with children?
Your group will determine the answer here, keeping in mind that for the kind of group you are interested in has been taken into account initially. If you have kids, but would prefer an adult only group, please indicate that. Please be sure to indicate your group-type preference on the registration form.
What happens after our last gathering?
After the last gathering, you may decide to sign up for another Dinner for Eight with a different group of folks, or your group may wish to stay intact and continue as a small group. The choice is up to you and your group.