Table Groups

What are Table Groups?

Good things tend to happen around a table. It's a place where we are able to slow down with family and friends over a meal or drink. It's a place where friends hear one another and become family. It provides a neutral space for adversaries to come together to discuss how they can get past differences and treat one another with dignity and respect. It's a place where we can put aside our combative natures for a while and seek the truth together as friends. A table is a place where everyone shares one thing in common: their hunger and need for something that satisfies. The table is where we come, busy and hungry, to sit so that we can be satisfied and find rest together. 

Practically speaking, this means that we at Declaration City Church make it a habit of getting together as groups of individuals to share our lives together. In these groups, we gather around good food and good conversation. Through these groups, we develop deep friendships and share life's challenges together. These groups are open to Christians and non-Christians alike. For those of us who have made the choice to follow Jesus, this gives us a place of mutual encouragement and a way to live out the love of Jesus. For those of us who haven't made that commitment, who are seeking answers or who may be curious about church, Table Groups provide a non-threatening environment to ask questions, express doubts, and find support in that search. Whoever you are, wherever in life you are, you are free to come as you are. There is a seat waiting for you at our table.

The Table Invites us to R.E.S.T.

REST - A table and a good meal give us the chance to slow down with those we love and those we are getting to know. A table invites us all to pull up a chair, cease working, and simply receive the warmth and nurture of good food and good conversation. As followers of Jesus, the table reminds us that we are free to rest in his finished work for us. Just as a host sets the table for a guest, Jesus has served us and we receive from him. We need to add nothing, only rest in the Spirit's power to change us and others.

EAT - We gather together as a family to share meals together and we gather around the table with others as we go about our individual lives. In this way, we remember that we all have the same need for something that satisfies and we have the opportunity to listen and relate to the people God places around us. In eating shared meals, we are given the opportunity to hear the stories of our friends and share generously with them that which God has graciously provided for us.

SERVE - We serve and bless one another and our neighbors. We serve and sacrifice for others because Jesus served and sacrificed himself for us. As a family, we work together to meet each other’s needs and to work to meet the needs of the people in our community. In so doing, we extend an open invitation to anyone and everyone who wants to come find a seat at our table.

TOGETHER - We weren't made to be alone. It's through community that we are able to find freedom from brokenness. Where one might have a burden that seems unbearable, as a family, we can shoulder it together. We get the joy of resting, eating and serving together as a family who loves one another deeply.

Not part of a table group yet?

We currently have multiple table group meetings monthly. We'd love to have you be a part of one. You certainly don't have to be a Christian to join us, just be aware our conversations often center on faith because it's part of who we are. Either way, we promise not to make you share anything you don't want to. You're our welcomed guest, and we want you to feel comfortable.

If it's your first time as our guest, you don't need to bring any food, just let us know you are coming and we'll have a plate for you. Please let us know of any food allergies you may have, and we will do our best to have food to accommodate your needs. Children and families are very welcome. Feel free to dress casual. 

For more information or to find a table group near you, please reach out to us on our contact page and we'll be glad to answer any questions you might have.