Foyer Groups are small groups of members and friends of the cathedral congregation who meet to deepen their relationships with one another and to build community. Each group has ten to fifteen adults, who traditionally gather monthly, but that can vary at the discretion of each individual group.
Foyer Groups can be social groups, enjoying a meal to together, either a potluck or as provided by the host, or members of a group can meet for an activity, such as bowling or a picnic. Others build their get-togethers around discussion topics.
This year, the cathedral is offering Foyer Groups that follow the traditional social format, as well as groups that wish to engage in a book study. A new addition this year is an option to form a Foyer Group that meets to play board games, similar to what the diocesan council is promoting. So many options to choose from!
For more information, contact Paula Rose.
HISTORY OF FOYER GROUPS
In 1967, the staff of England’s Coventry Cathedral, where the ministry of reconciliation called the Community of the Cross of Nails was founded, began meeting in small informal groups as a means “to bridge the divisions that subtly separate us one from another.” As a result of the meetings, the staff members noticed a power bond forming and came up with the name Foyer Group.
The English work foyer is derived from foier, the French term for hearth side, instilling an image of warmth and comfort. For untold generations, it has been customary for people to welcome old friends, family members, and newcomers into their homes by gathering at the hearth side to celebrate special occasions and to enjoy times of fellowship and camaraderie. In tune with the time-honored tradition of hospitality, the Anglican community has for many years encouraged the formation of small informal gatherings called Foyer Groups.
The cathedral annually kicks-off its yearly organization of Foyer Groups with a luncheon in January. However people can join Foyer Groups at anytime during the year. Foyer Groups are especially great for newcomers to the cathedral.