It’s important to do something special to prepare for Easter. This year, we’ve decided to challenge everyone in the community to participate in ONE Lenten Sunday Supper.
The idea is that on one of the 5 Sundays before Palm Sunday (March 9, 16, 23, 20, April 6), you will share Sunday Supper with others from Old First in someone’s home. (We don’t often see each other’s homes!)
The idea is to get together over a family-style Sunday supper. No fancy dinner party fare. Instead, hearty food like you might make for your family and the opportunity, in a smaller setting outside of church, to share a meal and conversation together. And we’d like these to be “adults only” meals; if you need help with childcare, let us know, and we will arrange it.
At the end of each dinner, there will be a brief Lenten devotional time, sharing and a prayer. To facilitate this, everyone is asked to bring something from home that they no longer need and are willing to give to someone else. Please, these Lenten gifts should be nothing bought new or expensive. Rather something that you recognize you don’t need. After all, Lent is traditionally the season when we give things up!
The closing devotional will be a relaxed and informal — imagine leaving the table for coffee and dessert, sitting around in a circle. And, as always with church, when we are sharing, people may always pass.
To get the ball rolling, we need to identify a number of people who are willing to host meals, as well as who wants to participate in a Sunday Lenten Supper.
This link will allow you to sign-up to host of meal or to say that you want to be invited to a meal– and provide the other information we need to arrange the suppers.
There will be a sign-up table before worship in the lower narthex and in the social hall after worship for the next few weeks.
Once we have gotten everyone assigned to a Sunday Supper, we will send out invitations.
We hope everyone will make one of their Lenten commitments to meet others (some already known and some new folks) around the table for a Lenten supper!
Megan Grimm, Community Life Standing Group Leader