Saturday, 10 October 2009
The first Sunday of every month, my church has an all-church potluck immediately after second service. They rearrange the sanctuary while people are filing out and getting in line for food, then everyone eats together. I have been attending that particular church since December 2008 and yesterday was the first time I've stuck around for the church potluck.
I left after only about 20 minutes. I had two reasons for doing so. One reason was that I didn't like the food, and the second reason being the "fellowship" I experienced at the potluck. So I walked out the door, across the parking lot and down the hill in search of a fast food restaurant.
Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's really true of potlucks, but has anyone else noticed that as the number of people eating at a potluck goes up - the food quality goes down? The food yesterday was HORRIBLE! I'm a bit of a picky eater, but not too incredibly picky. The food was just bad. The college group potlucks, we call them "feasts" just because "feast" is a cooler word than "potluck", have had really good food. Food at all-church potlucks? No thanks.
Okay, on to the so-called fellowship. I was sitting at the table for probably less than fifteen minutes, but during that time, the other people at the table didn't even look in my direction. I guess it was one family sitting there, but I couldn't tell for sure. I think one of the guys is a church elder, but I'm not sure about the other people. Plus there was a little kid complaining (screaming is more like it) that he wanted to sit somewhere else. I guess he wanted to sit with his friend.
Me and little kids is not a good combination. I generally don't like kids all that much, especially when they're screaming and crying. So after only a few minutes, I stood up, threw the rest of my food away and walked out the door to find some more, more suitable, lunch at a restaurant down the road.
I think I have better fellowship with the people on Xanga, like Grampa_David than I do with people I actually attend church with. It's really sad.
Do you ever get that feeling that you have better fellowship with Christians online than you do with the people you actually attend church with?