Thursday, February 21, 2013

St. Vinent de Paul's more than a Soup Kitchen!

Soup Kitchen Dining Room  
A Flurry of Activity

Did you know that St. Vincent de Paul Middletown's Soup Kitchen dining room is used for more than just daily breakfast and lunches? We're actually open nearly every night of the week and on weekends to the community. And now we're about to open for an evening of fun and games and you are invited!

Monthly Game Nights including chess and ping pong will be offered to the public at the Soup Kitchen on the second Friday of each month between 7-9 p.m. Because of the recent blizzard, we had to postpone our first game night to Friday, February 22, 7-9 p.m., but will resume on the second Fridays, beginning March 8.

The dining room will be open for chess and ping pong enthusiasts to enjoy some friendly competition. Chess boards and a ping pong table will be set up for all who come from beginner to tournament level players.  There will be prizes for monthly tournament winners and light snacks will be provided. 

We are also open throughout the week as a host site for support groups and faith sharing.   For many years our space has been the site for four weekly Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) Meetings. Each group has its own name and identity:
1) New Freedom on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2) Where We Are Going on Sunday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
3) New Perspectives on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
4) Steppin' Up on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m.

Valarie Smith leads a Women's Faith/Reflection Group on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7 pm. There are also faith/support groups for women on the 1st Friday of each month (7-8:30 p.m.), for men on the 3rd Friday of each month (7-8:30 p.m.), and for youth on Saturdays from 5-7 p.m.

Finally, don't forget our Sunday evening meals. More than 40 faith communities in the greater Middletown area take turns to put on a feast every Sunday - they plan the menu, buy and prepare the food, set up and serve the meal, visit with guests and clean up before they leave. The Sunday meal is served from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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