My name’s Dee, and I want to tell you about one of the biggest Supperclubs that has been held this side of the 21st Century! (Please note – I can’t back this up, but I’m pretty sure it’s true!)
But first, let me fill you in with how this all kicked off. I’m part of a Connect: Young Adults group at ChristChurch London, that started fresh-faced and bush-tailed in March 2013. To date we’ve had hundreds of London-based 20s-30s through our doors and the groups have grown from 4 members to over 60 across 4 groups in Aldgate, Rotherhithe, Camberwell and most newly, Clapham Junction!
One of our favourite things to do when we hang out is eat.
We also noticed that the majority of London was on board with this eating thing! So we asked ourselves, what could we do as Christians, to enjoy living life together with our friends, colleagues and peers in the city? How could we find situations where we could surround ourselves with others, enjoy good deep conversations, and have an excuse to make homemade brownies!
Our answer: Supperclubs.
This is part of a movement, primarily in London, that has grown out of food enthusiasts opening up their homes or pop-up venues to host one-off evenings of meals that they cook themselves. Attendees embark on a unique dining experience, try unusual food – often fresher than is served in restaurants – and meet other like-minded people in an intimate setting. Over the last few months, we’ve made it our mission as a Connect Group to emulate this. Whether through attending Supperclubs in London, hosting one ourselves or simply going for dinner with friends – it’s been great. Tasty food, riveting conversations and new friendships have been popping up all over the city since we’ve started doing this and we’re looking forward to more to come.
“That’s all great Dee”, I hear you say, “but what about this big Supperclub you mentioned?” Well funny you should ask, I was just about to move onto that!
On 6 September 2014 Connect: Young Adults took over a courtyard next to the Gabriel Fine Art gallery in Waterloo (with appropriate permissions and booking arrangements of course!) and set up a BIG Supperclub where everyone we knew from church, work, home or pilates was welcome. The only criteria? Everyone was asked to bring a homemade starter, main or dessert to share.
The build up to the day was nerve-wracking – what if no one brought any food? What if everyone just bought quiches from Iceland? What if no one invited friends, so it would just end up being another ‘Christian social’?
There was no need for nerves. Over the afternoon there was a steady flurry of 20s-30s, which built up to over 70 diners all bringing eclectic and delicious plates. It was amazing to see everyone chatting, eating and laughing. People clubbed together to help out with serving and clearing plates and an open mic was set-up with a band on stage. The feedback on the night was awesome too. It didn’t feel like a cheesy Christian social and people didn’t feel embarrassed to invite their friends to it. It was just a fun experience that happened to be run by a bunch of people who love God.
We can’t wait to put on more events like this in the future. The potential of what a mid-to-large group of people can do through events like this is truly exciting. If others felt inspired to do something similar, I would definitely recommend it! You don’t have to wrack your brains to think of an event to end all events to reach your friends. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the best and the most appealing for your peers to get involved in.
If you’ve read this and you’re like, “I reckon it would be cool to do something similar” just and let us know. Alternatively if you think, “hey I like eating” or “I like the sound of the Young Adults Connect group thing” then why not or check out our Facebook group.
Oh and finally – eating – it’s ok, because it’s in the bible: ‘And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts’. (Acts 2:46)