One of the earliest statements written about the first Christian believers in the book of Acts was that; “they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people”. (Acts 2:46-47) On our 6th ‘Hospitality Sunday’, in some small way, we hope to do just as those first believers did.
How will it work?
It’s simple. You can be a host or a guest. If you want to be a host you will be assigned some guests to have over for lunch at your house on Sunday August 19th. If you want to be a guest, you will be assigned to a host who will have you (and some others) to lunch that day. Being a host will mean that you can nominate how many guests you would like to have over (as many as you can handle, that is, be it 2, 3, 5 or 9) and it will mean that you will need to work out what you and the guests will provide for the meal. Being a guest will mean that you will need to provide some part of the meal to share with your host and the other guests for the lunch at your host’s house.
What is the goal in all this?
Our goal in this hospitality exercise is not to compare lunches or to consume great desserts. It is bigger than that. Our goal is to not only help the St John’s Church family get to know each other better, but also realize that hospitality is a richly rewarding ministry that is not beyond the reach of any one of us!
Simply fill in the form that will be available and church and choose one of the three options – ‘host’, ‘guest’ or ‘flexible’( ie you don’t mind) and return it via the offering bags or pass it to the elders. Some time during the week before August 19th you will be given your allocation as a host or guest. After this, hosts will need to contact guests to make sure of the meal arrangements.