Do I have to stay the whole time?
No, you may come and leave at your own convenience. Dinner Church happens in 3 phases. Doors open at 4:30pm for people to hang out. Dinner is served from 5-6pm with a short devotion and dessert towards the end of it. Our service goes from 6-7pm and starts with a message and ends with music. You are welcome to join us whenever you'd like and leave whenever you'd like.
How much does the food cost?
We do not charge for food, however, any donation you're willing to make goes a long way in ensuring that we can continue to provide free food for the community down the road. Each plate of food costs us up to $5 to make, so any money you give helps us make up this expenditure. You'll see our donation box when you get in line to get food. You may place cash or checks in it (made out to 1208 Greenwood) or you can give online. You'll also find a small volunteer form by the donation box that you can fill out if you'd like to give back in that way.
Please note that if you tithe to 1208, that money goes to taking care of our main budget and our meals go above and beyond that. Therefore, putting your usual tithe in the donation box will not make our ministry more effective. Please consider any food donations to be above and beyond your normal giving. As always, we are highly appreciative for all the support you pour into your church community.
When we first started dreaming of dinner church, we knew people would want to come early and hang out, so we set a “doors open” time of 4:30pm. We have had people request to come in earlier than this, but 4:30pm was intentionally set to be the early time to come inside. All of our volunteers are busy setting up until this time, so unless you are a volunteer, we ask that you remain patient with us until the doors officially unlock. Thank you!
When can I come inside?
What if I have allergies?
Our meals are potluck-based, which means we cannot meet any kind of special requests. We do not expect our cooks to work around any kind of allergies whether it be gluten, nut, egg, etc. Likewise, we do not offer any kind of special dish that specifically caters to vegetarians or vegans. We hope you are able to find food that will enjoy in our dinners, but we do not guarantee our food to meet any kind of special requests or needs.
Can I take food home?
If there are leftovers at the end of our dinner, the cooks will divvy them up into take home containers during the message and music portion of the night. You are more than welcome to grab a container once we've dismissed.
Every 4th Sunday of the month, Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County will be giving us food to distribute at the end of our Dinner Church services. If you would like to use the mobile food bank, then you will want to take a number at 4:30pm when our doors open and hang onto it until the end of service when we distribute food. Numbers are handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis. We hand out these numbers because our mobile food bank has limited supplies and we want you to know at the beginning of the service if you can expect to get any food at the end of it.
If you leave after receiving a number and are not back when your number is called, your food will be given to someone else. There is a chance that food distribution will start earlier than 7:00 on some nights, so we'd suggest waiting for service to dismiss.
The rules of our mobile food bank will most likely evolve as we learn how to best implement it.
How does the mobile food bank work?
Is your building handicap accessible?
Yes. Our front doors off of Greenwood Ave. are handicap accessible. While our main parking lot is behind the church off of McNeal, there are a few parking spots by our front entrance as well.
What should I wear?
Whatever you'd like. Most of us (including the pastors) dress quite casually. There is no need to dress up to come to 1208GREENWOOD. Come as you are.