Matt Robinson, Cultural Links Worker at Fresh Start, writes about an international food night at St Chad's, Wood End.
On Monday January 30th, St Chads Church in Wood End hosted their first ever International Food Night: an evening aimed at bringing people in the church and local area together around a shared table of food from across our world. Volunteers from the church cooked and prepared a number of dishes from their home countries, with traditional Greek, Tanzanian, Australian, and Zimbabwean food all available alongside the English staple of sandwiches and scones.
The evening was hugely successful, with around 50 people attending, some of whom do not attend the church. A family of recently-arrived Christians from Iraq came, and following this event have started attending the church; they told me that they've really found it difficult building friendships here owing to their limited English, but now feel part of the church community.
The aim is to hold another event later in the year. Grant funding is available from Fresh Start to help kick-start initiatives like this, so if you or your church would be interested in hosting one, please drop me an email: Matt.Robinson@CovCofE.org