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Come to the Table

Posted on: November 25th, 2017 by Christy Jansma

Christmas is a time our culture recognizes as an expression of faith. It gives opportunity to both say “Come and listen, and hear the story of the birth of Jesus!”, as well as a time for us to “go and tell”. Our walk with Jesus both draws us into community with one another and also moves us out to love the people that surround us. Loving others takes intentionality.

This Christmas season, we invite you to participate in inviting your friends, neighbours, co-workers, fellow students—those God has placed along your path—to come to your table.

The idea is simple.

1. Invite a group of people that you would love to share a meal with. There is something about sitting around a table. A moment in time to set things aside and focus around food and community. Throw a pizza on the table or get out the fine china. Decorate or pick up the dust bunnies. People want to know and be known, the details don’t matter. A real life shared is what draws us in.

2. After dinner, be intentional in asking four questions to get to know each other better. These are ways to hear each others’ stories and to grow in love and understanding for one another. Ask the questions one at a time. Have each person around the table answer each question.

•  What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

•  How do you keep your eyes focused on the most important things about the celebration?

•  What are some of the stresses that come with holiday season?

•  Where are places that you see hope and joy?

•  If you have a circle of people who have relationship with Jesus or are open to more spiritual discussion you can also ask one more: How can you share the hope of Jesus with the people around you?

 

It’s really that simple. You may be surprised by how open your friends are willing to be—all you have to do to find out is to be brave enough to ask a few simple questions.

We are people compelled by love. This Christmas season let’s make space in our lives to share with others our food, our table, and our friendship.

 


 

This is an extension of the “IF Tables” that have been happening in Women’s Discipleship. Here’s what people are saying about their IF Tables:

“#IfTable. Mind blown. These gals showed up with their whole hearts wide open. 1000 times better than I could have imagined.”

“Last night I shared a meal with the employees that work with me! We used the questions to get closer to one another and grow our friendships and our understanding of how God is a part of it all. How to reach out to the lonely and come together when we are lonely. This IfTable concept is changing my life!”

“First #IfTable. God’s up to something. We don’t know what yet but we’re along for the ride.”

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