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Our first season of Table for 8 went really well. It’s time to shake things up and sign up for new groups! Table for 8 is a fun way to connect with people from First Church in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Singles, couples, and families of all ages are welcome.
Sign up in July in the foyer or online. This time, you may select whether you want to be grouped by geography or schedule availability. Then you will be placed with others in a dining group. From this group, an initial “lead host” will contact all the other members to decide the date and time of your first gathering. Tables are encouraged to meet three times in the fall and three in the spring. The group can meet at a home, restaurant, park…it is up to you!
Questions? Visit our FAQ below or email Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at emily@fumcaustin.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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[toggles class=”yourcustomclass”] [toggle title=”Q: How are the groups formed? Can we be in the same group as our friends?”] A: Each group will consist of eight 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![/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: Will there be separate groups for singles and couples?”]A: No. Our intent is to mix everyone together.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: Being a lead host sounds like a lot of work. What do I have to do?”]A: Being a lead host is really quite easy. You are responsible for coordinating the location, date and food for the first meal. At the dinner, the leader facilitates discussion of where and when the group will meet next. That’s it![/toggle] [toggle title=”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. [/toggle] [toggle title=”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.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: This is sounding better and better, but I have children. What happens to them?”]A: Childcare will be decided by the host and the parents. Parents may choose to leave their children at home with a sitter or bring them. If children will attend, parents will share in the responsibility of supervising the children. The parents and hosts can determine what alternative activities might be available for children. Tables will be set as adults only or child-friendly. [/toggle] [toggle title=”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 outside of Table for Eight. You can also sign up for another round with another group.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Q: Who can I contact with questions?”]Contact Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at emily@fumcaustin.org. [/toggle] [/toggles]

Register Here for 2019-2020

Registration ends on July 31

    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)