November 7, 2019
Did the early Christians ever party?
We are, of course, going to have to grade on a curve with this answer, not because early Christians did not enjoy a feast or a party—think the wedding feast at Canna and the party in Acts where a child fell out of the window while Paul was going on and on (Acts 20:7-12). These were parties. These were parties, although we probably have access to better fare at our nightly dinners.
And speaking of parties, St Francis, in the tradition of the New Testament Communities has an annual fellowship called the Chili Cook-off. This is a friendly competition with all the marks of a party from the 20th Century and the marks of fellowship from the 1st Century—friends, food, and drink. We bring our best Chili, or we bring a side or beverages to share, and we bring ourselves and our families.
The competition is very friendly, and the stomachs are full. For children we have hot dogs, if they choose, and there will be games for them to play and Creche School Book Fair to peruse.
The festivities begin at 5:00 PM and will end at 7:00 PM—enough time for fun and to prepare for the week ahead.
Christians do party—we call it fellowship!