“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,”
Dinner for Eight is a great way to meet new people, both from RPC and the community! The dinners provide an opportunity to spend time eating and sharing together.
What happens at Dinner for Eight?
Groups will plan meals and get together at a participant’s home or local restaurants. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship, so you don’t have to be a great cook to participate! In addition to having dinner together, plan on spending some time just having fun: like sharing a dinner and showing off your skills at the bowling alley, enjoying a meal in someone’s home and playing board games, or just spending time together with some after-dinner coffee. At the end of the day, the specifics surrounding the dinner are up to the individual group!
Is Dinner for Eight a Bible study?
Great question! No, this is just a time for fellowship. Be yourself, and if the conversation takes you back to Sunday’s sermon, fantastic, but there are no preconceived expectations for this to be the case.
How does a Dinner for Eight Group work?
Simply fill out the online registration form for you and your household (if applicable). Once participants are signed up, the Dinner for Eight Coordinator will contact members with details.
How are the Dinner for Eight Groups formed?
Groups will be formed with around eight adults. The participants will change every month so that you have an opportunity to meet new people at each Dinner for Eight. Family size will be considered when creating groups, but generally speaking some groups will have approximately eight adults comprised of either all couples, two couples and four singles, and others might have one couple and six singles. It all depends on who signs up. The mystery is part of this ministry’s excitement!
Will there be separate Dinner for Eight Groups for singles and couples?
No! Our intention is to mix EVERYONE together. That way you will have more fun and individuals from all ages and walks of life will get to know one another.
All that sounds pretty good, so far, but who cooks the meals?
Our desire is for you to spend time eating together, getting to know each other, and to include everyone. Dinner groups are encouraged to be creative with the meals they enjoy together. You may even pick a dinner “theme night” (i.e. Italian night, dessert night, soup night, etc.), and everyone can bring a dish that goes along with that theme. For individuals whose cooking skills aren’t up to the challenge, but you’d prefer the home setting, feel free to bring pre-prepared dishes such as Tom Thumb friend chicken or a frozen lasagna (baked, of course!). It isn’t about the cooking or really even the food, it’s about spending time together and having fun!
If you’d like to host but don’t have space in your home, when you register, you can sign up to host at a restaurant. As a restaurant host, all this means is that you pick the restaurant and call to make a reservation for the group. Each participant will be responsible for their own check at a restaurant.
This is sounding better and better, but I/we have kids. What happens to them?
The decision to include children will be completely up to you! If you’d like your children to be part of the fun, simply note on the sign-up form how many children you have and the Dinner for 8 coordinator will make sure you are assigned to child-friendly host homes.
If others in your group also have kids and you’d like them to have some fun of their own, but not necessarily be with the adults, you can also pool together on babysitting! It’s really up to what you and the group would like to do.
Note: the church will not be providing any form of child care for this ministry.
Sounds like fun! How and when do I sign up?
After I’ve registered, what happens next?
About a week before each date, you will receive a text message or e-mail from Amy Baer which will include your host’s name and address, directions, and your assigned side dish (if any). Feel free to contact Amy any time with questions by email or phone (817) 637-5811.