September 2009: The Table
Long table banqueting style down centre of church. Table with white cloth/roll is bare. Light shining on table - grace logo
People arrive in Polygon through church, tunes playing, warm atmosphere
drink and menu given out to read.
Small drinks table set up with wine bottles labels and instructions for people to create wine labels to attach to bottles – what do you bring to the table?
Invite people to go to the table and to take the bottles with labels (and their glass), collect cutlery and plate on way
intro and prayer
3. Amuse Bouche
5 different types of dip and bread. Dips to be different flavours – reflect/examen type thing using flavours – spicy, sweet, bitter, sour, hot.
4. Entrée – salad.
Ingredients brought to table. Each group/person makes a salad. An item on its own is not so great but together make something better – picture of grace. Thanks for community and all ingredients.
5. Plat Principal
Add crackers to table. Cards in crackers with ethos words on - exchange cards to select one which you have done in the last year and one challenge for the year ahead. Talk over the meal.
a pause after the tables are cleared to listen to a couple of readings and pray.
reading 1 Gal 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit plus poem from Listings
reading 2 from book Sanctuary on community
Prayer - we hang our lives on your mercy and then invite people to write or draw prayers on the table cloth
make cookies adding decoration – then taken to be baked. Be a gift for someone else in the community.
8. Toast and blessing
refill glasses, toast others round table. Hot towels brought round and a prayer of blessing
9. Coffee and cookies
back in Polygon with more tunes.