Could you and your friends transform lives this Lent?
Churches across the country are joining together in solidarity with those who struggle to get food onto their tables.
This is because, as part of their Lenten activities, we’re encouraging church goers to join with their friends and share in a frugal lunch together. We’d love to see you taking part, too!
How does it work?
The idea is a simple one: get together after church one Sunday and share a meal together as a church family. But, instead of the traditional roast dinner, get some grub on the cheap that can be made into soup or something else frugal.
All that dosh you save by forgoing the roast joint can then be donated to CUF to support those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
What’s it like to do a Frugal Lunch?
Holly took part in a Frugal Lunch last year that saw her church, Marton in Middlesbrough, who invite St Agnes Church in Easterside to join them for a basic meal of soup, bread, and cheese.
When she spoke to us about her experience of the lunch she was full of praise:
“I felt it was a fantastic way to draw people in the community together to support such an important cause. There was a lot of generosity and genuine concern for people in our community facing poverty, as evidenced in the donations raised.”
Through their frugal lunch, these fantastic churches managed to raise a total of £300 that was contributed to CUF!
We’ve found that churches who have taken part in a frugal lunch before have found it a great opportunity to build up relationships within the church family, or even in the wider community through inviting other churches along, as Holly’s did.
Frugal Lunches are an excellent opportunity to give back to the community, whilst taking part in the biblical tradition of building fellowship over food.
How we can help!
Well, to start with, we can give you a recipe! It’s for Lentil Soup (which we are whimsical enough to have renamed ‘Lenten Lentil Soup’) and is a nice and frugal lunch that you can share.
We’ve also got packs ready to be sent out to churches that includes, amongst other things, thought provoking placemats, prayer cards, and a DVD that shows how your money can be used to build up the lives of others.
If there’s anything else we can do to help you as you plan your Frugal Lunch, then just let us know!
Where do you sign up?
And, if you like the idea of helping people this Lent, but don’t think the Frugal Lunch is for you, you can also find details of other activities you can register yourself for!
Author: Mr Tim Burton-Jones
Date: 24 February 2016