Meals with Good Works
Theology: We believe that sharing a meal together is a context for experiencing the kingdom of God, especially when our meals go across cultural, economic and social boundaries. There are some specific ways that we ask you to help us experience the kingdom of God over meals during your Work Retreat with Good Works. This is an extension of our hospitality paradigm. We do not want this to be a burden to you, but a blessing in which you encounter Jesus. Each of the meals that we will have together is an opportunity for us to gather together as the people of God. We do not eat separately, but intentionally together. While we ask you to provide food for these gathering in which your group will participate, the meals and preparation are a shared experience.
What we are asking from you: Please include the people living in the Hannah House (staff, interns and guests) in your meals. While this could be up to 10 people, it is more often around 3 to 5. We can let you know at the time of your Work Retreat how many will be in the house during your visit.
We also ask that you prepare a special lunch if you will be present on a Wednesday, Thursday or a Saturday. These are the days when our Transformation Station volunteers and other Good Works volunteers are present. We want to create a context in which these volunteers experience the broader Good Works community of hope, including the members of your group! This meal would include staff, interns, guests and all volunteers who are present.
For these we would like to contribute food from our food pantries. While this will not be adequate for a full meal preparation, it will help defray some of the cost associated with the additional people who will be participating in the meal.
Some of your group members will be involved with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. It is our desire to bring the community together for lunch, but this is not always possible when you are serving farther out in the county. But you should plan to include the person you are serving in your lunch. Bring an extra lunch to share! Occasionally, if you are not too far away, you can invite the person you are serving back to Good Works for the community lunch you are providing. This also has been a wonderful blessing. It is possible that the person you are serving may want to provide you with a lunch as a way of thanking you. Please receive this meal with gratitude. We will let you know if this will be the case.
The kitchen you will use is equipped with an electric stove, a microwave and two sinks (one a deep well) laid out on a large u-shaped counter top. Although we have plenty of dishware for your group, handling drinking cups can be awkward. The creativity of your meal coordinator will be most helpful at this point. You will also have a refrigerator and food pantry space set aside for your group. Click here for a full list of Kitchen Supplies.
We recognize that our meal requests are a lot to ask from a visiting group. Please know that this is a significant blessing and contribution to the community of Good Works. Thank you! Because of this and your presence, we believe we are experiencing the kingdom of God as we together gather for our shared meals. If you feel like we are asking too much, let us know and we can make adjustments. We don’t want these hopes or expectations to deter you from coming.