“The earliest Christian communities did not have sanctuaries and fellowship halls in which to gather,” said the Rev. H. Gaylon Barker, pastor. “They worshiped in private homes — often gathering around the dinner table, for what was known as an ‘agape meal’ or ‘love feast.’ As they shared supper together, they prayed, read Scripture, sang hymns, and shared the Eucharist, or Holy Communion.”
Modeled on this ancient practice, Dinner Church is an hour of worship, prayer, songs, fellowship, dinner, and the sharing of Holy Communion, Mr. Barker said. “What is unique about this meal is that dinner and the Eucharist are interwoven beautifully. The meal begins with the breaking of the bread and ends with the blessing of the wine, making the entire meal a part of the Eucharist.”
The public is welcome, “come as you are,” including children. A donation for the meal of $10 per person is suggested and children eat for free.
For more information email Co-Pastor Carla Meier at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office 203-438-0606.