1. What is Dinner for Eight? 
    Dinner for Eight is a great way to meet folks from Belong that you may not already know. It’s also a good way to get to know your church family better. Groups plan their own meals and get together once a month for four consecutive months. You share meals at participants’ homes, at local restaurants, the church or wherever the group decides. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship, so you don't have to be a gourmet cook to participate.
  2. How does a Dinner for Eight Group work?  
    Simply fill out the online registration form linked below. Once groups are formed, a Group Coordinator will be selected for each group. The Group Coordinator will contact members to arrange the details for the first gathering. Dinner groups are encouraged to be creative in the meals they enjoy together.
  3. What does a Group Coordinator do?  
    This is the point person for the Group. The Group Coordinator contacts group members to select the location, date, and food sign-ups for the first gathering. It is highly recommended that future gatherings are scheduled during your first night together.
  4. Who cooks the meals? 
    It's potluck! Usually the host will make the main dish, and other participants will bring coordinating sides or desserts. Potluck dinners are also a good way to simplify meal planning and distribute costs equally among everyone in the group. Consider picking a dinner "theme night" (i.e. Italian night, backyard bbq, soup night, etc.), and everyone can bring a dish that goes along with that theme. Some groups may also choose to visit local restaurants or other venues.
  5. I don't have room to host a dinner, or I really can't cook!  
    Our desire is for you to spend time together getting to know each other and include everyone. Your group may choose to repeat a host home or eat out. If finding a host home is difficult, your group is welcome to schedule dinner at the church. We want everyone to feel that they can participate.
  6. How are the Dinner for Eight groups formed?  
    As Dinner for Eight groups are formed, our goal will be to put people together so that each group has, at most, eight adults, taking into account the preferences that you listed. Groups may be comprised of all couples, two couples and four singles, one couple and six singles, etc. It all depends on who signs up. The mystery is part of this ministry's excitement!
  7. What about families with children?  
    Your group will determine the answer here, bearing in mind that your preference for the kind of group you are interested in will have been taken into account initially. Please be sure to indicate your group-type preference on the registration form.
  8. What happens after our last gathering? 
    Hopefully, you will have had a rewarding experience and look forward to similar experiences at Belong. After the last gathering, you may decide to sign up for another round of Dinner for Eight with a different group of folks, or your group may wish to stay intact and continue as a small group. If you choose to stay together as a small group, we can provide resources to help you add elements of study and service to your small group and to continue to deepen the fellowship you have already established.
  9. Sounds like fun! Can I sign up anytime?  
    Yes! Group formations are ongoing. 


For more information, email: Jasper@belongchurch.org