Community Friendship Dinners
To share the love of Jesus Christ with the Worthington Presbyterian Church community by providing and sharing a nutritious meal in a welcoming, engaging, and supportive atmosphere of Christian fellowship.
Worthington Presbyterian Church was invited by All Saints LutheranChurch, 1st Episcopal Church, and Worthington United Methodist Church to provide a monthly community meal. Each month each of these four churches sponsor a dinner
for the Worthington/north Columbus residents. Mission Ministry has organized these meals since January 2014. Over the years, several WPC organizations/individual members have hosted these dinners.
It is our hope that the following list of details will be of help to you as you consider hosting one of these Friendship Dinners. This list is not all-inclusive. Please contact PAM HUME ( 614-668-0349 or ) or MARYLOU POSEY (614-846-8452 or firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have questions.
Each WPC Friendship Dinner is served
* in Hazelton Hall (Fellowship Hall)
* first Monday of each month (a few exceptions to this i.e. holidays)
* 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
• The host(s) chooses the MEAL MENU. It is suggested that your meal include: entrée, vegetable, salad, fruit, bread, and dessert (Mission Ministry provides the bread, donated by Panera)
• Ask family, friends, neighbors to prepare parts of the meal
• The meal can be prepared at home and brought to church or prepared at church.
• GFS (Gordon Food Service) has multiple frozen entrees, bulk salad materils, etc., if you prefer not to make dishes from scratch
• Although it is not possible to know number of guests, we have generally average 40-50 guests. In addition, include enough food for you and your servers.
• The church kitchen is equipped with large refrigerators, stove, ovens, pots, pans, large serving utensils, various-sized knives, etc. that may be used for food preparation and serving
• If needing assistance with using the stove and ovens, call Larry (614-893-3376
• If food has been prepared at home, arrive at church 4:45-5:00 p.m.
• Custodians will have tables/chairs set up for you (8-9 tables with 7 chairs each)
• Use materials from “Community Friendship Dinner” cupboard ( In Fellowship hall, a labeled closet just inside the hallway, the top two shelves) – paper products, napkins, plastic ware, plastic cups, plastic gloves
• Put on each table: salt/pepper shakers and pitcher of ice water (found in kitchen pantry, the door into pantry is at the back left of the kitchen, in cabinets to your left as you walk in)
• Plug in coffee pot and water for tea (Custodian will have these ready)
• Cut up Panera bread (sharp knives and baskets in pantry cupboards) and serve variety of breads in a basket for each table
• Extra bread and bagels may be placed on trays and placed on table for individuals to take home (Plastic bags available for guests to use, in Fellowship Hall cupboard)
• If using stove and/or ovens and need assistance, call Larry (614-893-3376)
• Prayer with guests (you or any volunteer from the church can lead it – you will find a prayer that can be used at the end of these guidelines)
• Use plastic gloves when working with food
• Serve dinner on paper plates (in Fellowship Hall cupboard)
• You may serve guests individually or buffet style (it is recommended that you have 3 or more servers and 3 or more volunteers filling plates)
• When finished serving, please sit with the guests, not at a separate table, and enjoy the meal with them.
• If there are requests for seconds, make sure you have enough food for late arrivals before giving seconds.
• After the main meal has been served, put desserts out on serving tables or serve desserts to individuals at their tables (Serving carts, located in kitchen, may be used to take desserts to tables)
• If you have left-overs, use Take-Home Boxes (in cupboard)
• Dispose of all used paper products and plasticware in large, plastic bag-lined garbage pails located in Fellowship Hall
• Wash trays, water pitchers, used kitchen utensils
• Wash tables in kitchen and fellowship hall with Clorox wipes
• Put away: salt/pepper shakers and all cleaned items
• Take all unused food with you or dispose of properly
• Bring in sign from outside
• Make sure stove and ovens are turned off
• Turn out lights as you leave
PRAYER: (one possibility for a prayer)
Dear God, thank you for this day, and for the special people gathered here. Please bless this meal. May the food, the conversation, and the friendship strengthen us – body, mind, and spirit – so that we can leave here knowing that you love us and you go with us.
In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
If you have insights, comments, suggestions about this project, please notify Pam Hume or Marylou Posey or Leslie Snyder.
The PDF below contains more program information in a printable format.