The origin story of the DWCC is rooted in “Thursday Suppers”, a family style gathering of friends, neighbours, those who are curious about the DWCC, and folks who are wanting to enter into a life-giving community established on the value of hospitality. Family Dinner is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a shared meal. It’s an opportunity to connect, to reflect on the week that has been, and share in the week ahead. It’s an entry point into the kind of community that feels like family.  

Family Dinner focuses on four elements: hospitality, community, weekly rhythms, and potluck. You can read about them below or you can download this practice poster in PDF form. 

Hospitality is one key aspect of our core value of ‘engagement’. We speak out against injustice through advocacy, and we welcome in the stranger and those living in isolation. When we welcome people in our homes, we offer them a taste of the kingdom of God. We risk being generous with what we have, a value that is subversive of our 
dominant culture. We live into the abundance of the kingdom of God, refusing to let the myth of scarcity from minimizing generosity. This we know: Family Dinner is a place where everyone is welcome at the same table.

Our desire is to see the downtown be a great place to live, work, play, and pray. We work toward this by city renewal rooted in the creation and cultivation of neighbourhood community. The shared table is 
where we can move into deeper relationship with one another, meeting meal new people, with a slow movement toward friendship. Over the course of the meal, our conversations will connect us and enrich us. After dinner we join together as a community of learners seeking to immerse ourselves in the person and story of Jesus. 

We have started using the term ‘suggested potluck’ because we know that more contributors to the meal makes it easier to sustain this practice of eating together for the long haul. We also recognize that this can be a barrier. There are some in our community who do not have the time or the resources to contribute to the meal, and we say, come anyway! The principle of potluck is that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the shared meal. Bring what you can: this is to say, there’s no need to create a sense of obligation to bring more than you can. The potluck meal represents our diversity, our various cultures and backgrounds, and our common place at the table.

We do this weekly because it’s good to be together as a community. When we eat together, we’re welcomed into each other’s stories. More than that, we’re reminded of our collective need of one another. Perhaps the greatest sign of the kingdom of God is how we love each other, and that too is lived out in this weekly rhythm of sharing a meal together.

Family Dinner is typically on Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm. To find out where this week’s Family Dinner is, reach out to Steve Coupland at or 519-464-3615. 

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