In November I began an experiment that will run for six months, whereby I have an 'open house' drop in thingy on the first Saturday of the month. The aim is to allow church folk to meet up and chat and/or to share a simple lunch.
I felt 'convicted' to attempt this whilst preparing some serivces thinking about hospitality and, in part, as a response to the cost of living crisis. I firmly belive that God is calling me to this - and at the same time fully open to it 'failing', if success is measured on how many people come or how often.
The first Souper Saturday no-one came, which I had half expected - it was quite short notice. But it was still good to set aside the time, make the soup and be present rather than rushing around.
The second Souper Saturday there were half a dozen of us, some calling in for a cuppa, and others for lunch. Conversation was good and we laughed as we discussed the merits of 'smooth' or 'lumpy' leek and potato soup.
Today was the third Souper Saturday, and the photo shows soup is bubbling away in my slow cooker. I also had festive goodies donated by a neighbour. As well as folk from church, a friend who is a healthcare chaplain was in the area asked if it was okay to drop in. A good blether was shared, along with bowls of thick lentil soup.
I don't know how this experiment will work out, and that's fine. It's just important to me to follow what I believe to be God's call at this time.