Since the summer of 2017, St Christopher’s Church in Sneinton have been offering their local community a monthly evening of fun and food in the Church Hall.
The aim of the evenings are for the church congregation and members of the local community to really get to know each other – an easier task because of the table top games (ranging from the traditional Scrabble to the conversation-stirring Table Talk) and the home cooked meal.
It all began as an outreach particularly focused on young families within the church and on its fringes – the brainchild of Jayne Tunstall and Hannah Euliku, members of St Christopher’s. However, when they staged some one-off family games evening they discovered they were so popular that participants were asking when the next one would be held.
So encouraged by a grant from the Bishop’s Social Eating Fund towards publicity and subsidising venue and food costs, it was decided that these evenings would become a monthly event on Saturdays. Before the evening was launched, members of the team, (now drawn from St Christopher’s, the local Youth With A Mission household and The Salvation Army) carried out a survey at the weekly ‘Growin’ Spaces’ social eating café (run by a member of the local community in the church hall) about what it should be called. Various ideas were put forward, but in the end ‘Snacks and Ladders’ won the day, the idea of Amy Smith – a local mum who is a regular at the café and now at the games evening.
Since then Snacks and Ladders has regularly seen around 40 people of all ages and backgrounds from both church and community at each gathering – even the evening when the photographer came and the snow was falling thick and fast!
It is sometimes a challenge to gather enough team members, but people from the local community have also been keen to get involved and it has really become a joint venture, with some deep conversations and higher levels of trust being built. God is definitely at work!
The dates for the summer term are Saturdays: 16th June, and 21st July, 5-7:30pm at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Trent Road, Nottingham NG2 4FH.
Volunteers to be team members especially welcome.
Please contact Revd Naomi Hill for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org