Whether you’re new to Trinity or a long-standing member, one of the best ways to get to know others in our church is through Foyer Groups
A French word meaning “hearthside” implying the warmth of a close, small group of friends sharing a common love and concern for each other.
After the World War II bombing of Coventry Cathedral, small groups of people began meeting to rebuild their community with a short litany, a modest meal, and conversation. In time Foyer Groups began springing up in parishes all over Britain and America.
WHAT ARE FOYER GROUPS?
Foyer Groups are a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together on a regular but informal basis for purely social reasons – to enjoy one another’s company, to strengthen bonds of community, to meet new members and just to get to know other people who share a common interest in Trinity Parish. There is no agenda or plan – just casual fellowship and a refreshing meal. Groups are made up of singles, couples, young people, retired folks, etc., in other words a cross section of the congregation. Out of the meetings, friendships develop among people who might not have any other opportunity to meet and get to know each other. Newcomers are especially invited to join one of the groups at any time.
HOW LONG DO THEY STAY TOGETHER?
Each small group of eight to ten people meet once every four to six weeks during the church year, beginning in October and continuing through May, in the home of one of the members of the group. Each group selects a time to gather that is convenient for all members. Regular attendance by all members is very important, but let the host know in advance if it is impossible to attend. We plan for all the Foyer Groups to meet together as one group to be announced later in the year.
DO I HAVE TO HOST A FANCY DINNER WHEN WE MEET AT MY HOUSE?
Absolutely not! The host should email or call all members during the week before a get-together to remind them of the date and time and confirm the menu item attendees are bringing. The host can provide the entire meal or can provide the main course while the other members fill in the rest of the meal such as appetizer, bread, salad, veggies, and dessert. Some groups have enjoyed gathering for a picnic lunch or meeting at a local restaurant. The main idea is for the gatherings to focus on Christian fellowship, to share a simple meal and relaxed conversation.
are foyer groups for adults only?
Normally, Foyer is an adult group only, but funds are earmarked to support childcare. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Church Office to assist with acquiring funds for childcare.
How do I get involved?
- Click here to complete the Foyer Group sign-up form online. We will put together the groups in early October. You will be randomly grouped with three or four other singles and/or couples. We will let you know who your group leader is. The group leader will be in charge of keeping the calendar and reminding everyone of who is hosting the Foyer Group each month.
MORE ON FOYER GROUPS?
- Email the Director
- Call the Office at 817-926-4631