Invitation to Join Foyers 2020
Foyers Groups have been a part of our Episcopal tradition since WWII in the 1940’s when Churches in England were demolished, and believers wanted to gather and maintain their collective Christian spirit, friendships and relationships.
Whether you are a visitor considering St. Matthew’s as your church home, a new member or a long-time member you are cordially invited to join Foyers Groups for the 2020 cycle. The groups are made up of 6-8 adults (singles or couples) who gather informally to get to know one another better.
Foyer Group Q&A
Q. How will Foyer Groups be set up?
A. Once you sign up, you’ll be randomly grouped with three or four other singles and/or couples, potentially from different circles of the parish community and in varying phases of life. We will take into consideration your preferences regarding smoking, alcohol, and pets in the home and will mail you contact information for your group, as well as a list of suggestions for how to get started.
Q. I’m not much of a cook. Do I really have to be able to prepare a full meal for eight or ten people in order to join a Foyer Group?
A. Foyer Group gatherings are intended to be shared meals, and that includes the preparation. Typically, the host might provide the main dish and beverages, with other members contributing the appetizer, salad, side dish, bread, and/or dessert. Many grocery stores and restaurants offer tasty, freshly prepared take-out dishes that you can serve. Those with the inspiration and capability to prepare a full meal on their own are, of course, welcome to do so, but that’s not the expectation.
Q. I’m afraid my home isn’t grand enough to host other parishioners. Will my standard of living be judged if I join a Foyer Group?
A. Here’s what Foyer Groups are not: they’re not a House Beautiful tour, they’re not a Martha Stewart showcase, and they’re not an Iron Chef cooking competition. They are casual gatherings where the focus is on fellowship and friendship, conversation and conviviality. We meet each other where we live and accept our surroundings as they are just as God does.
Q. My home/condo/apartment isn’t large enough to hold eight to ten people for a sit-down dinner. Can I still join a Foyer Group?
A. Who says the meal must be a sit-down dinner? There are several alternatives. You could plan a menu of finger- and fork-food that can be eaten from plates held on laps while sitting on sofas, chairs, or the floor. Or, when it’s your turn to host, arrange for the group to meet at St. Matthew’s**, a restaurant or reserve the picnic area at a county park and host a cookout.
**Must call church office to check for availability.