Spaghetti, salad and toast were on the menu last Friday as the Men’s Fellowship of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church hosted a pregame meal for the Warren County High School football team at the church.
However, the meal was more than food on a plate or even a chance to sit down and relax before the Eagles took on the Vance County Vipers in a non-conference game to open the new season.
“It was a great time of fellowship between the men and the young men,” said Pastor Mike Edmondson of Wesley Memorial. “I feel like a friendship has been built. That’s what it’s all about.
This is exactly what the Men’s Fellowship wanted to do. For the past six months, the group has been meeting at the church once a month to share a meal.
“It started as a brotherhood, a time when men came together,” Edmondson said.
After a while, the men wanted to expand the ministry to reach the local community.
“They wanted to use this as an opportunity to do something as men to help the community,” Edmondson said.
He credits band member Steve Milligan, who has a background in education and coaching, with the idea of hosting a pre-game meal for the WCHS football team. The local ministry made arrangements with Warren County High School and began planning the meal.
While the Men’s Fellowship averages about 18 people at each monthly meal, the members now planned to serve about 50. They thought about what to prepare that would not be too light or too heavy for the Eagles before to go to the field. That’s when they settled on a favorite among people of all ages: spaghetti.
A total of 55 people gathered in the Wesley Memorial Community Hall for the Friday meal, including members of the men’s community, players and WCHS coaches. The meal was not only a time to thank the coaches for what they do in the lives of the young men they coach, but also to let the players know that “the community cares about them and wants to support them in every way possible. possible ways,” Edmondson said.
The meal was the first outreach opportunity for the Men’s Fellowship, and they certainly don’t want it to be the last. They hope Friday’s meal will encourage other churches, organizations and community groups to provide a special meal for high school students or choose another way to reach people living in the Warren County area.
For its members, one question defines the raison d’être of the Men’s Fellowship: “As men, how can we get more involved in the community, especially with young people? The Friday meal was the starting point for what the group would like to develop into an ongoing community outreach ministry.
Six months ago, the men of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church began meeting for meals because they wanted to meet outside of the regular church service schedule. Together, the group identified a goal. Now they are achieving that goal while continuing to serve the community.