FEAST is short for “Fellowship, Education And Spirit Together.” People from the Grace Church and School community sign up to participate. Organized into groups of approximately 10–12 individuals, they get together regularly for a meal and conversation—whenever, wherever, however they decide to do so.
Last year’s FEAST groups met four to six times during the year. Some gathered for brunch, some met in restaurants. They shared casual home-cooked meals, potluck-style suppers, pizza, or a glass of wine after a cantata service. One group went bowling together. The main thing is not what you do, but simply finding time to get together. A FEAST gathering includes a faith-related conversation, but it’s not a class or formal Bible study. There’s nothing you need to read or prepare beforehand.
FEAST is about including everyone—couples, families with children, single people, old and young, long-time Grace members and folks new to the school and church. You have the option of choosing whether or not you would like to be in a group that includes children. There’s no expectation that everyone in the group will host a gathering, nor do you have to have a large home or a formal dining room to do so.
Please sign up for FEAST by Monday, October 1, either online or at the Grace reception desk. Then come to the First Feast gathering at Grace on Sunday, October 14, at 4 p.m. At this kick-off potluck you’ll receive your group assignment. Groups will eat together and make plans for future gatherings.
It’s a powerful thing when we welcome one another into our homes and our lives beyond Sunday morning, beyond the church building. “Every one brought a very open, willing, and listening spirit to the table,” said one facilitator about her 2017-18 FEAST group.
So come to the table! Make new friends, deepen relationships, and make the commitment to be part of a FEAST group. All you have to do is show up and be yourself.