What do you do when you attend a church with a wide age range of folk: Older folk, quite a few young families and heaps of students from all over Africa? The students are mostly transient, only in town for a year or two, and they are from a wide and varied background. The question is how do the more permanent members make the “passing through for a time” members feel more welcome? Well our church has started a cooking club. And we think it’s brilliant!!!
This is how it works: The students go round to a couple of homes. They get told which ingredients they need to bring to share. And in each home they are taught different recipes. We had a couple of students over this past weekend and taught them how to make pizza from scratch… We used our bread machine recipe, except they were the bread machine.
They got to prepare the toppings and scrounge for herbs in the garden:
They needed absolutely no help with applying toppings!!!
And they did a great job:
We love it because:
- We can welcome students into our homes on what for them are long boring weekends away from home. Holidays are never good for folk stuck in student dorms.
- It is a visit with a purpose so we don’t have to scrounge around for conversation. There is nothing like looking at each other saying “ummm, So how was your childhood?” to end any sort of interaction!!! I am always amazed at how much you get to share and chat about when you are working.
- We can share a life-lesson and they can learn one, everyone needs to know how to make pizza.
- Our kids get to hone their hospitality skills and that is always a good idea! Practice, practice and more practice!!! Not to mention it is an easy way for our kids (and me) to meet folk in the congregation as individuals and to recognize names and faces in the sea of people on a Sunday morning.
- When I was a student I visited with a Christian Family, they had an open home policy, and it was a great way to see how things work and to see a living example of how christian family life works. We are far from the perfect example but it is a place to start.
- We can meat people from faraway places, which is the closest we can get to traveling right now.
- It was such fun!!! And nearly no work, there wasn’t heaps of preparation – they were doing the cooking after all. And did I mention: It was such fun!!! We will definitely be doing this again!!!
And as they were leaving one of the students mentioned that they hadn’t been to the beach before… So I think we will add a beach walk to our “cooking club agenda”!!!
That’s us. Have a Great Week…
This Post was hammered out as part of The Thirty Minute Mom’s Challenge at Steady Mom.
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