“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46–47, CSB).
Dinners for Eight is a new way to meet people and spend time together. During the summer, we’ll organize groups that will get together at local restaurants or at a participant’s home. 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, playing games or enjoying coffee or ice cream. The specifics surrounding the dinner are up to the individual group!
Please click here to sign up. The deadline to sign up for the next dinner is August 11.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at Dinner for Eight?
Groups plan meals and get together at local restaurants or a participant’s home.
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 some time for having fun, playing games or enjoying some coffee or ice cream. The specifics surrounding the dinner are up to the group!
Is Dinner for Eight a Bible study?
This is primarily a time for fellowship. If the conversation leads to discussion about the Bible or Sunday’s sermon, that’s fantastic, but that’s not the main focus. If you are seeking to get connected at FBG, this is a great way to do that!
How are Dinners for Eight groups formed?
Groups will be formed with about eight adults, depending on the number who sign up, as well as the preference to eat out or in someone’s home.
Generally speaking, some groups will be comprised of all couples, two couples and four singles, one couple and six singles, etc. It all depends on who signs up. Our intention is to mix everyone together so individuals from all ages and walks of life have fun getting to know one another.
Once groups are formed, the group coordinator will contact members to arrange details for when and where to meet. Groups can get creative with the day and time that meals are shared, allowing for breakfast, lunch or dinner on any day of the week that works best!
Who cooks the meals?
For groups that decide they’d rather eat at someone’s house than a restaurant, potluck dinners are a way to simplify meal planning and distribute the costs among everyone in the group.
Groups are encouraged to be creative with the meals. You might choose a “theme” (i.e. Italian, dessert, soup, etc.), and everyone can bring a dish that goes along with that theme.
Feel free to bring pre-prepared dishes. It isn’t about the cooking or really even the food, it’s about spending time together and having fun!
How are group coordinators selected and what do they do?
You can sign up to be a group coordinator on the form. If a group doesn’t have a coordinator, we may select someone.
Group coordinators help communicate details for the dinners through phone and email.
We ask that the group coordinator serve as the point of contact for their individual groups and contact group members to set up the location, date and food sign-ups for the gathering.
All contact information will be provided to the group coordinator a couple days after the sign-up deadline for that dinner week.
You do not have to host people in your home in order to be a group coordinator.
Do I have to be a group coordinator to have the dinner at my house?
No! On the form, you can specify that you’d like to open up your home for a dinner without having to also volunteer for the responsibility of being the group coordinator.
What if I/we have kids?
The decision to include children will be completely up to your group! You can choose to have them be a part of the fun or you could pool together on babysitting. If you’d like your children to be a part of the fun, simply note on the sign-up form how many children you have. Note: the church will not be providing any child care for this ministry.
How and when do I sign up?
We have three different dinner weeks throughout the summer. You can sign up for any or all of the weeks, but please note the sign-up deadlines:
July 14–20 (sign-up deadline June 30)
August 4–10 (sign-up deadline July 21)
August 25–31 (sign-up deadline August 11)
I have questions. Who do I contact?
If you have questions about Dinners for Eight in general, please contact Lisa Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.869.2586 extension 201. If you have questions that pertain to your specific group and group plans, please contact your group coordinator!
Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.