We know food is an important part of coffee hour and teams like giving a nice spread.
However, food is not the most important part of coffee hour — as teams we should focus on being hospitable! And while food is part of that, being friendly and welcoming and conversational is more important than the latter. Food is really just to get people to stay, and we should work hard to engage them once they commit to stay (or just don’t leave immediately after service.
We found this out in our “Simpler Living Summer Fellowship Hours.”
In that light, and after taking into consideration every team’s feedback, we’ve decided to continue with a lighter fare at coffee hour. We will however, add a few things back in since it is no longer summer.
For beverages, tea, coffee, and cocoa will be added to iced tea and lemonade.
For food- we are asking for NUTRITIOUS snacks (yes, we are stressing the importance of healthy!). So again, fruit bites or vegetable sticks are a great option. We can continue with pretzels, and other small finger foods that are light. Foods should be finger foods- we will no longer have utensils available for coffee hour, because everything should be easy to eat.
When you’re talking to your teams, please encourage the following:
Bite size snacks- such as pretzels
No utensils required
Minimal to no cooking necessary.
I know some teams really show their love through food, and we can still do that, but in a lighter fare way. We want people to stay and be engaged, but we don’t need lunch. Plus- it should make clean-up and set-up easier on all of the teams, because there shouldn’t be as big of a mess.
A final reminder, teams should wear their name tags (either from the hospitality box or their plastic/ magnetic heavy duty ones).
Community Life Standing Group Leader