How does your parish/church…

…handle coffee hour/fellowship time following Divine Liturgy?

Does your parish host something following Divine Liturgy?

Are parishioners scheduled? OR

Do they sign up voluntarily?

Our parish is looking to revitalize the fellowship time after Liturgy so suggestions, ideas, brainstorming is welcome!!!

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6 thoughts on “How does your parish/church…

  1. My current parish has a clipboard hanging on the wall. Everyone is expected to sign up once or twice a year. The people who sign up prepare or bring a meal and clean up afterward. If people donate money (there is a basket) it goes to the parish.

    In my old parish it was similar but there were two clip boards, one for the meal and one for the clean up. Also, donations were accepted. THe cook would be reimursed from the basket if they wanted to be, and the amount left in the basket would go to the Brotherhood fund for maintaining the building.

    In both parishes lots of people bring wine and deserts every week. There is never a shortage of either.

  2. My Sunday church is tiny and everyone pitches in. I always make sure there is Real Coffee and someone else makes the watery stuff 🙂 Tea appears. Matushka spends all year trying to get people to eat the vast quantities of chocolate and biscuits (cookies to you) that appear at Christmas.

    We have a potluck meal after liturgies on feasts and that usually works out well though some of the regulars have been known to bring extra food still sealed in packets just incase.

    On the occasions I go to my weekday church on Sundays it’s chaos afterwards but still the tea, coffee and cake appear. I’ve noticed at that church though whether on Sundays or weekday liturgies it’s always the same people who organise, boil the kettle, bring food and try to make sure no-one is left out. I think that is something to avoid if possible. Rotas are good. So is looking out for people of all ages who are a bit shy or gormless (me!) or who feel left out (too many in too many churches) and give them a special job even if it’s only wandering round making sure everyone who wants a cuppa has a cuppa. Some people work well on rotas but there are sure to be at least a few folk craving for a wee niche.

  3. I think the key is to know your parish and what will work for them. i.e. I know a parish that has a very organized system with groups, team leaders for each group and I think there are 5 groups that rotate.

    One of my earlier churches did a potluck every sunday lunch and it worked out well…

    Other churches of mine (I was a student when I converted) did not do a meal but had coffee hour with fruit and snacks…

    my church I go to now used to always have people sign up (on a sign up sheet) to do lunches but then we started growign so the meals became really big and hard to do without a lot of organization and people. and so the sign up sheet became with a lot of ‘blank’ weeks… And it can be expensive too, to put on a meal when the church has grown!… so I think with a lot of wisdom for how my parish is, there was no push to keep our meals as they used to be. Here I think that was wise as then there was no ‘guilting’ or feeling of obligation which can alientate people who may not really be able to help out. So we have gone to a more potluck style with lower expectations… and we let it evolve and are flexiable. And our priest lovingly encouraged us to come to the potluck meal even if we did not bring anything (this was a problem too as some people would mistakenly think that if they did not bring anything that they should not stay) and so it goes…

    so I guess I am saying you kinda have to know your parish … are they able to be organized more formally in groups without feeling pressured? I don’t think this way would work for my church, but it seems to work really well for others…

    Just focusing on being welcoming I think is a good start! and a nice cookie, juice and coffee can go a long way!!

  4. We have a number of families, generally led by the women [where would we be with out them, in life in general but in a parish in particular], who bring in all manner of delights. If it is someone’s birthday or Saint’s day, suitably festive food, depending on the Fasting season, is brought in by them. I believe parishioners are asked, but many volunteer out of love.

    Every so often, on big Feasts or special occasions, a more formal lunch or dinner is held; that requires organisation. The Women’s Committee takes care of organising this usually.

    My prayers and warmest wishes for you and your parish as you consider this.

  5. Parishioners sign up to do a portion of our “coffee hour,” which has actually evolved into full blown lunch. 3 people do one entree and one side dish (in our case, each is to serve 50 people), 1 person does salad/bread and 1 person does dessert. We are on a rotation and serve every 5/6 weeks. Those who cook, do the clean up. It’s a really nice to break the fast and catch up with your church family after liturgy!

  6. We have a rotation of 5 or so families a Sunday. They bring stuff and clean up. It’s usually quite nice.

    During the Summer we just do potluck.

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