Who leads church?
Open Table Dinner Church gathers over liturgy and food. Liturgy means "the work of the people" and that means that church is led each week by those who are present, and that includes you! Each week at Open Table Dinner Church we need a reader, a song leader, and a lay liturgist who helps guide us.
Am I welcome?
Yes. 100%. You are welcome. Just as you are.
We value and honor all of who you are and recognize that sometimes it helps to read that you are explicitly welcome, especially at church. We welcome people of any and all faiths. And, we welcome those of any age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, ability, and life stage. You don't need to believe any particular thing to join us for dinner church. All you need to be is hungry for authentic connection and good food.
When and where should I go?
Currently we meet every first and third Tuesday of the month.
We are grateful to the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church for allowing us to temporarily use their basement and kitchen space while we seek a more permanent location. Harvard-Epworth UMC is located at 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge and is easily accessible by public transportation. Arrive between 6:45 and 7:00pm and follow signs to the basement through the side door of the building.
The basement is reachable via stairs. Please email email@example.com if you have accessibility concerns.
What should I expect when I arrive?
Food Minister Rebecca starts cooking early in the evening and the mouth-watering scents will meet you on the street. When you arrive between 6:45 and 7:00pm you will be given a job to help finish meal prep, set up our worship space, and prepare worship materials.
At 7:00 we gather to begin worship by sharing communion bread with one another. Our time together includes song, prayer, reflection, stories, and lots of eating. We use organic and locally sourced ingredients, always vegetarian and often vegan. E-mail communications@opentabledinnerchurch if you have allergies or dietary concerns.
Sharing stories is at the heart of what we do at Open Table and you’re encouraged to tell your own.
We end our service by sharing the cup (both wine and juice available) before we all work together to clean up from dinner and pack up the worship space. We are using the space of another church and like to leave the space looking the way we found it.
Grab a jar of leftovers and join us at the bar down the street for continued fellowship!
What should I bring?
Your appetite! Dinner is free and you can plan on being sent home with leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.
And, if you have been here before and have take-home jars laying around please bring them back so we can fill them up again.