Today on the blog, we’re hearing from Luke Oltmans. Luke has been a part of King’s Park for many years, and last year decided to host a Supper Club. This is his story:
In the summer of 2012 I decided to host a Supper Club with my friend, Kenneth. In May, as the church was asking for interested hosts, Kenneth asked me about co-hosting one with him. I enjoy getting people together for some fun in a relaxed setting, so I thought, “Sure! Why not?” I had the big house, Kenneth had the initiative, and we were off and running!
Off and running by July, that is. We were supposed to start in June, but my procrastination saw us stay meeting-less until after July 4th. Not exactly a display of great leadership and excitement, huh? I have a bad habit of procrastinating, and then feeling bad about procrastinating and never starting something. Thankfully in this case I didn’t let that stop me as I found out that our Supper Club became one of the highlights of my weekly routine.
We began meeting almost every week at my home with a pot-luck dinner. We would eat, talk and laugh, and play games each week. More importantly, several people who were new to the church connected in a meaningful and easy way with new friends, and all of us found that we deeply cherished this opportunity to simply relax together with no agenda or pressure. It did require some extra cleaning of my home each week (probably a good thing though, us bachelors sometimes need some motivation for cleaning), but I even grew to cherish that preparation time as a service to my friends. Some attendees even mentioned to me that our Supper Club was the highlight of their week. I was amazed, but knew what they meant…we had a great time together!
We went all the way through the month of August, but decided that it was so much fun that we should just keep on meeting. We continued to get together on a semi-regular basis all the way through January of this year, while continually seeing new people find deeper community through our gatherings.
I really didn’t do much for something that had such a big impact in the relationships of many people, including my own. I got started late. Often my only plan was “everybody just bring food if you can”. But, this is what the young church in Acts did, and I think they had a pretty big impact on the world:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
So what are you waiting for? What’s holding you back from joining a supper club? Something so simple can build great relationships and impact your life and the lives of others.