The Big Lunch is a great, but simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. It can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown street party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.
It's a great way to connect with your neighbours. It's something that you could engage in - so that your church is getting together with your community. Sharing with your community - rather than doing something for your it. (Some of the most significant 'relational' stuff that take place in such events occurs in the planning and organising stages!). It's also - and this might be the better way to go about things - something that you personally or you as a family could arrange with your own neighbours. If 8 - 10 people/families who attend your church got together with their own neighbours - how good would that be?
It's not evangelism - it's an opportunity to create a better sense of community and to deepen relationships. This certainly helps to provide time and space to show and share God's grace with those around us. It doesn't even need to be on 1st June '14 - if another date suits your circumstances better.
Find out more details at www.thebiglunch.com
Alisdair Longwill, WEBA Regional Minister