At the end of last year, one of our regular participants posted a question, “There’s only a handful of us; should we go on with the Midday Meetings?”
For those who don’t know, it’s a fellowship group for folks who are free and want to gather — you guessed — at midday. Because of that timing, it does sort of tilt to retirees and Michael. But, as with all our fellowship groups, everyone is welcome.
On the second Wednesday of each month (between September and June), we gather for a brown bag lunch at 1 p.m. And then some sort of program afterwards. We have done Bible studies, and looked at slides from the Holy Land. We’ve reflected on our lives, and we’ve emptied the eggs to make the Easter Cascarones. While we’re aware that it’s church that gathers us, we are fairly free to go where the Spirit takes us.
But sometimes we’ve taken field trips — mostly to people who can’t get out to church anymore. We come calling en masse. But we’ve talked about other visits — Longwood Gardens, for example too.
But Michael heard the question. So a few days later, he posed it in an e-mail, and asked everyone on our roster, 24 people in total, what they thought. It was a good question– we have between 6 and 12 people most months — it’s always good to ask at church if we should continue a program that we’ve had… is there a need; is it par of our mission as a church?
But the response was clear and unequivocal: the people who have participated have really enjoyed it, and the opportunity to get to know others better. One person went so far as to say, “It’s been the best way for me to really feel like I’m a part of the community.” And Michael likes that it’s “sort of” our specific ministry for the older folks.
So, the first Midday Meeting of this year will be on Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 1 p.m. It will be in the Social Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch. We’ll be done with lunch by about 1:30 and we’re always done by 3, sometimes earlier.
Michael will plan some activity — maybe a game. Or maybe guest from afar… Join us, even if you’ve never come before. Good company. And a reminder that we’re not so alone…