Table for 8

Make new friends over a series of meals

 Table for 8

Table for 8, please! Whether you are picnicking, potlucking, hosting, or dining out, it is hard to beat a shared meal as a way to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Just think of all the ways Jesus used meals to invite all kinds of people into deeper relationship with God and one another!
Table for 8 is a casual, fun way to spend one meal a month connecting with people from FUMC in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you participate solo, with a spouse or partner, or with a family of any age, the goal of Table for 8 is to bring a small group of adults who live in the same general geographical area together for fellowship and a meal. We hope groups will meet three times in the fall and three times in the spring. Once created, your group will organize the details of those meals based on the needs and preference. The goal is to meet new people or deepen connections with people you don’t know well. Sign up with a sense of adventure! Do continue to see your longtime FUMC friends, but please don’t request that we put you in a Table for 8 groups with specific people.
As you sign up, you can indicate whether or not you are interested in being in a group that also includes children. Groups will be notified in mid-August and will begin meeting in September. When you register, consider volunteering to help coordinate your group’s first meeting. Questions? Email Emily Buchanan.

    Name (required)

    Name of Guest 2

    Name and ages of children or other family members attending (if applicable)

    Email (required)

    Email of Guest 2 (if applicable)

    Home Phone

    Mobile Phone (required)

    Zip Code (required)

    In what part of town is your home?NorthEastWestCentralSouth

    Which do you prefer? (required)

    What day(s) are you available to meet? Select all that apply. (required) SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayNo Preference

    Would you be willing to coordinate a group? (required)

    Would you be willing to host a meal in your home? (required)


    Table for 8 FAQs

    Q: How are the groups formed? Can we be in the same group as our friends?

    A: Each group will usually consist of seven to ten adults. Since the intent of the dinners is to get to know new people, we will not accommodate requests to be in a certain group. The mystery is part of the fun!

    Q: Will there be separate groups for singles and couples?

    A: No. Our intent is to mix everyone together.

    Q: I don’t have room at my house to host eight people or I really can’t cook!

    A: We want you to spend time getting to know one another and to include everyone. We highly recommend rotating hosting duties among group members. However, if that is not feasible, your group might choose to repeat a host home, schedule dinner at church, or meet at a restaurant.

    Q: Are children included?

    A: Parents may choose to leave their children at home with a sitter or bring them. As part of the registration process, tables will be set as adults only or child friendly. Ultimately, it is up to each group to decide the best options for its participants.

    Q: Who cooks all meals?

    A: That’s up to your group! We think potluck dinners are fun. You can even pick a “theme night,” (i.e. Italian night, Mexican Night, soup night, etc), and everyone can bring a dish that goes with that theme. Or, restaurants or alternative locations are also an option.

    Q: What happens after our final gathering?

    A: Hopefully, you will have had a wonderful experience and might even decide to continue to meet as a group. You can also sign up for another round with a new group.

    Q: What if I missed the July deadline for registration?

    A: Contact Emily Buchanan at to determine if any groups have openings or new groups might be forming.