Later today we will be hosting an Alpha grad reunion at my church. It is an attempt to create more interest in the spring Alpha course that begins the first week of April. The idea is for those who have previously taken the course (the "grads") to come and bring a friend who has not taken the course to give them an idea of what to expect if they decide to register.
So the event is structured to resemble a regular Alpha evening complete with a dinner, the introductory video featuring Nicky Gumble, and with the added attraction of several folks getting up to talk about the difference Alpha made in their lives.
How often we create events at church around meals! In the New Testament, we read so many times of Jesus and the disciples gathering to share meals together with each other and with the curious crowds who gathered around them. Hospitality was an important aspect of the early church --centered around the celebration of the Lord's Supper. Now, 2000 years later we continue to offer that Christian hospitality as we gather together to share dinner, fellowship and prayer.
Blessed are those who bake cassaroles and sheet cakes, for truly if you feed them, they will come!