Free community meals to be shared with our neighbors, plus the opportunity for fellowship and fun
The partial federal government shut down for over a month has put financial and emotional stress on many families in our community in addition to the stress that was already here long before the shut down began, and will continue long after. Many of our neighbors are hungry for a sense of community and belonging. Local churches have joined together to plan community meals throughout the month of February with hopes to continue them beyond. These meals provide the opportunity for a hot meal and some fellowship with community members around some type of activity (i.e. board games, bingo, music, etc.)
Rikki Brown, a member at Bethel United Methodist Church brought the idea to her congregation and to the attention of her friend, Rev. Terri Church, pastor at Our Saviour Lutheran Church. They quickly worked together to rally their congregations and get the word out to other churches to participate in providing affordable community meals so individuals and families who are seeking conversation and some entertainment can gather over a hot meal throughout the month of February.
Bethel UMC will host dinners starting at 5:30 – 7:30pm on Friday nights starting on February 1st in their fellowship hall located at 6903 Blantyre Road in Warrenton. Our Saviour Lutheran Church will serving dinners from 6:30 – 7:30pm on Saturday nights starting on February 2nd with a Super Bowl themed potluck. They are located at 6194 Dumfries Road, Warrenton.
Locations and details may be found by visiting Fauquier Community Meals on Facebook
These area churches are providing through the month of February with the hope to expand throughout the county in to more centralized locations as plans solidify and coordination with churches and groups continue.
More organizations and churches are invited to participate. If your church or community organization would like to host a meal, you may sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea829a2f49-sign, or contact Rikki Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.