Foyer Groups are our community building ministry. They consist of small groups numbering 10 to 15 adult cathedral members and friends. The groups meet monthly, or per agreement of each specific group.
During the 2018-19 program year, we are offering three different formats. The first is our traditional offering, a social gathering with food and conversation. The second is a supper book club. And the third, a bible study. (See more below.)
The two-hour gatherings are held at individuals’ homes or at another location of the group’s choosing. Any cathedral member or friend is welcome to join, whether interested in hosting at one’s home or not.
Sign-up for a group at the church reception desk (as of September 2) or join a Foyer Group at the kick-off luncheon on January 13, 2019. (We provide sandwiches; you provide a side dish or dessert.) For more information, contact Paula Rose.
TRADITIONAL FOYER GROUPS
Groups meet for a meal, either provided by the host or by potluck; or for an event, like bowling or a picnic. Some groups like to build their get-togethers around discussion topics. Others are purely social.
SUPPER BOOK CLUB
Each group commits to Lenten readings for discussion and reflection Readings are drawn from the works of Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Christian Formation Committee members prepare study materials and questions to aid the host or club leaders facilitate the discussions.
The year the group is reading the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, as part of the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Big Read.
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.