Foyer Groups are a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together on a regular but informal basis for purely social reasons – to enjoy one another’s company, to strengthen bonds of community, to develop new friendships and deepen old ones, and just to get to know other people who share a common interest in Holy Cross.
There is no agenda or plan – just convivial fellowship and a delicious meal. Groups are made up of anyone who attends Holy Cross and has an interest in getting to know others. Each group has a group coordinator who facilitates gatherings. Newcomers are especially invited to join one of the groups at any time.
Here's how it works. A group of 12-14 people meets in the home of one of the members of the group ideally once every four to six weeks during the year, beginning in the late summer and continuing through May, although often groups continue to meet until new groups are formed and even beyond. Hosts rotate throughout the year, with ideally every Foyer Group member taking a turn hosting. Generally, the host provides the main course while the other members fill in the rest of the meal such as appetizer, bread, salad, a vegetable dish or two, dessert, drinks, etc. Some groups have enjoyed gathering for a picnic at Valle Crucis Community Park for a summer Friday night concert or even meeting at a local restaurant. Some groups have met for sunrise breakfasts and lunches after church on Sunday. Groups can also use the facilities at Skiles Hall (just check with our Church Administrator, Kathy Williams, and she'll put you on the calendar). While some groups may choose to study and discuss certain books, or incorporate an evening devotional into the gathering, others gather for a purely social experience. The choice of available options is limited only by the collective imagination of the group, but the main idea for the gatherings is to simply focus on Christian fellowship, good food, which Holy Cross Parishoners are known for, and relaxed conversation.
New groups form each late summer, and new members are always welcome . The groups are put together randomly in order to add an element of spontaneity, such that each of us might have the opportunity to get to know others in the parish who may be outside our normal circle of acquaintances. In other words, this is a great way to meet and get to know those you might not have a chance to visit with otherwise.
The Foyer Groups are coordinated by Ann Gerber. To participate in a Foyer Group, just leave a call for Ann with Kathy Williams at the church office at (828) 963-4609 or send her an email at email@example.com , subject: Foyer, and Kathy will pass it on.