Embracing the Vision: Extending Hospitality
During the Advent season, we host several events across our campus. These events range from our upcoming Longest Night Service and Candlelight services to the recent Women’s Advent Celebration and even the Breakfast with Santa Event. Whether it’s celebrating the joy of the season or realizing that some of us are weary, overwhelmed and in need of rest – we create environments to reach all with God’s grace.
The complete list of Advent services and times can be found here.
Our Vibrant Family, A Saturday Morning, and A Breakfast Fit for A King
A unique aspect of our Vibrant Family is the preschool ministry. We benefit from both the Methodist School for Early Education (MSEE) and the Trinity Christian Academy (TCA). These schools support the discipleship process of our children and provide safe environments for them to learn. MSEE hosts a Breakfast with Santa Event every year where families come for a time of fellowship while enjoying some of the typical holiday festivities such as writing letters to Santa, crafts, and photo-ops. Another neat component to this event is that a group of volunteers serve and organize the event. Our Hospitality Ministry works in conjunction with the group to ensure the food logistics go off without a hitch, but it is a very lay driven event to encourage the excitement of the little ones during the holiday season.
Food by Numbers
Have you ever wondered about all the food preparation for an event like this one? We serve breakfast to over 500 guests, teachers, and volunteers in two shifts all within a matter of hours. The MSEE volunteers and our Hospitality Ministry worked together to expand the menu to include scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, Munster cheese biscuits in addition to the traditional staples.
In addition to the months of planning and prep-work, here are some stats on the food preparation:
- 1200+ prepared eggs
- 500 servings of hot chocolate
- 400+ foil wrapped biscuits
- 60+ lbs of strawberries
- 15 cases of yogurt
- 3 cases of bagels
If you’re interested in serving on the hospitality team and supporting events such as the Breakfast with Santa Event, reach out to Randy Parsons, our Director of Hospitality, at RandyP@fumcwp.org.