Invitation to The Dinner Table

May 9, 2019 | Written by Caitlin Garrett

Do you remember when you were a kid and summer days stretched endlessly before you, with little to do besides hang out with friends? Somehow with the onset of adulthood, most of us lose this ability to be carefree. We forget how to truly be present with others under guise of “adulting.”

As adults, our daily responsibilities can feel endless and often look pretty much the same no matter the season.

But this summer we want to offer you a chance to stop adulting. To enjoy the season, to be fully present. To sit back and relax with a few friends. To practice true community.

The Dinner Table is simple and fun way to make some new Pulpit Rock friends.

Once you sign up, we will connect you with 6-8 others with the goal to meet for a meal three times – once in June, July and August.

That’s it.

Just eat together and hang out. Like you did as kids.

Why? Simple.

We believe that something special happens when people sit down together at the table.

Ed and Fay Rhoadarmer stand together in front of a house.

Regular Pulpit Rock attenders Ed and Fay Rhoadarmer were very involved in a group like The Dinner Table at a previous church and are excited to help us kick it off at Pulpit Rock. We asked them to share with us their heart behind starting The Dinner Table at Pulpit Rock.

Tell us a little bit about your experience in the Dinner Groups at your previous church.

We loved participating in dinner groups at our former church. We entered it hoping to meet new people, of all ages. We met our best friends through dinner group and this relationship continues to this day!

What was your favorite part about getting together around the table?

Our favorite part of dinner groups was being able to hear the life stories of everyone in the group. We so enjoyed sharing our lives with others and feeling part of a bigger circle of friends within a small group setting.

Why would it be helpful to join a Dinner Table group?

If you are looking for a way to form new relationships, meet a variety of people from all walks of life, and open your lives up to the lives of others, then there is no better way to do this than dinner groups.

Do you have to have a big house to host people? What are some other ways you could meet as a group?

You do not need to have a big house or even a house at all to host dinner groups. You can meet at a restaurant, at the church, at parks, at concerts or venues, a coffee shop, a museum, take walks together, etc. The places you can meet are endless.

Is there anything else you want to tell us about Dinner Groups?

It changes your life! It opens you up to explore life with others and make meaningful relationships with people you may have never had the opportunity to meet before.

If you want to sign up to join The Dinner Table, contact Caitlin or visit the table in the Gathering Place on May 12 and 19th.

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