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 starting on March 3, 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. On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of the month, we spend time getting to know one another as we informally 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.
Is March 3rd the official launch date for Table Communities as a church?
March 3rd marks our venture as a church into a public space. Over the course of the next few months, we will be experimenting with the order of service, etc. before formally launching in September this year. Table has technically been a church since we began to gather in our Family Tables and Community Tables as early as February of 2017.
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.
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 and other times we will sing acapella. With capable musicians among us, we will jump at the opportunity to enjoy singing songs to God with instrumentation! 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.