Making the Church Fellowship Hour Healthier

Lutherans love coffee hour
Lutherans love coffee hour (Photo credit: Tatiana12)

In many churches Sunday morning fellowship hour means coffee, some sort of sweet drink and doughnuts with nothing for those with special needs.  Stewardship includes keeping our bodies healthy and including people rather than excluding or inadvertently leaving them out.  Keeping this in mind let’s consider these points.

1. It isn’t about food. The purpose of the fellowship hour is to encourage people to talk, get to know each other and welcome visitors.  No one should feel left out. Food and drink are used to encourage interaction.  If food is driving people apart we need to think of other ways to accomplish this.

2. Add healthier foods instead of taking away the doughnuts.  Steer away from having nothing but sweets. Take known special needs into account.  Given choices, fewer people may eat doughnuts.

3. Add pitchers of fresh water.

4. Change may not happen quickly — we are talking about church.   Don’t be demanding, just casually bring it up.  Take a  fruit or veggie plate on your turn to provide food.  Remember we are talking about adding healthy options, not taking away the doughnuts.

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