SUNDAY ROTATION:1/3 + 2/4 + 5 =
THE FAMILY OF GOD ON MISSION TOGETHER
At Table Communities, we have a somewhat unique rotation for our Sunday gatherings. Truth be told, a lot of churches are changing their approach to Sunday mornings to be more neighborhood oriented. We want our Sunday gatherings together (Lord’s Table) to fuel and form and energize us for the work of ministry in our neighborhoods (Family Tables). That work in the neighborhoods is the work of hospitality - opening our lives to our friends and neighbors so they can truly taste and see that Jesus is good. When 5th Sundays roll around, we have Mission Table, which is a service project to practically help a Christian non-profit in Cuyahoga County.
the lord’s table
Coffee and Fellowship at 10:15 AM
Service from 10:30 - 11:45 AM
Kids Table is from 11 - 11:45 am
This is our Sunday church gathering at Hayes Elementary School (see map below for the location of the parking lot) on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month launching on Sunday, September 15, 2019! It’s a time for guided interactive teaching, prayers, testimonies, and songs with the Lord’s Table at the center of it all. If you’ve been around for any length of time, you’ll find out we love Jesus, people, and tables. Sometimes in the life of a church, the Sunday gathering gets the most attention, but at Table we believe that God is at work at all of our Tables. We believe that gathering on the 1st and 3rd Sundays shapes our lives together as a church because it’s the space where we are together invited into God’s presence at the Lord’s Table (communion). At these gatherings, we know that God welcomes us to his Table and we get to hear how God is at work as we extend our tables into our individual neighborhoods and in the places where we work, study, and play.
At Table, we value being with children (as Jesus did!). Because of that, we will have all of the children with us during the first half of the service. After our prayer time, children ages 3-8 will have the opportunity to attend Kids Table in the Art Room with two qualified (formally screened) adults along with tween/teen helpers for an interactive lesson, coloring, and games. The children will be brought back to be with the adults at 11:40 AM - ten minutes after the formal service ends so that the kids have enough time for learning and fun and so that the adults have the opportunity to interact after the formal service ends.
We then welcome friends and neighbors to our Family Table and Community Table gatherings throughout the rest of the month. Again, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, we spend time getting to know one another as we spend time with one another over a meal or a beverage – getting to know each other and discovering each other’s hopes, dreams, and talents.
When is the official launch date for Table Communities as a church?
September 15th marks our venture as a church into a public space. We will then be meeting for our Lord’s Table (Sunday Service) joint gatherings every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. To remember which Sundays, it’s basically “every other” and we always start the month together at Lord’s Table.
What do you do on the 2nd and 4th Sundays?
Family Tables! Those smaller gatherings as much “church” as our joint Lord’s Table gathering.
What about 5th Sundays?
We’re working on “Mission Table” for those Sundays when we “worship” by sserving a local church ministry.
Who can participate in the Lord’s Table - the actual time for communion/Eucharist?
Taking the bread and grape juice (our wine substitute in a public elementary school) is the way we mimic the church through the ages in taking time to remember what Jesus has done for us. It’s where we freshly experience God’s forgiveness that he accomplished once and for all in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Even if you feel far from God, but have committed to following Jesus, you are welcome to participate in communion. It is also up to you whether you decide your children should participate in communion. If you don’t come to the Table for the bread and juice, you are free to come anyway to pick up the printed blessing for the week.
Can I listen to Table sermons online?
At this point, we are not recording our sermons or what we call “Gospel Proclamation.” Also, our Gospel Proclamation time is interactive in nature, so we will hold off on any recordings until such a time as the quality would be worth hearing. If you want to hear one of our preachers, Matt Buehrle was recorded at our mother church here. If the link doesn’t remain, it was July 21, 2019 if you want to search it at the Renew website.
What is your style of music?
The short answer is that our style is simple. We do not believe that worship happens only with an organ or only with a praise band. We are planning to have friends come and lead us in song on guitar. We believe a “joyful noise to the Lord,” can be made from the heart regardless of whether we sing with a full band, with an with a guitar or keyboard, or with just our voices. As we go forward, we anticipate singing some contemporary songs and many older hymns that are easy to sing to God and one another.
What are your other Tables?
Our Family Tables include simple lesson with both adults and children present as well as a formative prayer time. We have coloring pages available for the younger children - and the children at heart. We consider the time with food and beverage before and after the service as just as important to these gatherings. Our first Family Tables are in Rocky River and West Park. This is where family gets extended and all are invited to get a little taste and sight of Jesus – who is good - while enjoying food and beverages together. This is for those who have gathered in church settings often and for those who Jesus miss the most.
Our Community Tables are an extension of the Family Table in each neighborhood. These are the most informal of the Tables. Neighbors and friends are simply invited together to share a meal or a beverage in the neighborhood - or to join together for prayer - or simply to have time to shoot the breeze. As relationships between the friends and neighbors develop, the Community Table will often extend into other spaces and places where we can serve and learn from people who are in need.
How can I support the Table?
We have three primary ways for you to support the table. You can support us with your presence, with your prayers, and if you call Table your church - with your money. You can certainly donate to the mission even if Table isn’t your own church. Please click here to find out more.