Small things can say a lot about our Christian Hospitality. Can you spot any of these Coffee Hour “tells” at your church?
Starbucks in hand
If people at your Coffee Hour are carrying around Starbucks cups, it says two things:
- there’s a Starbucks located near your church (an almost redundant statement)
- your coffee is bad
Your visitors will know both of these things before they take a single sip of what you’re serving.
Who serves bad coffee at home? Why serve bad coffee to guests at church? Coffee Hour is, after all, a reflection of your Hospitality Ministry.
If you aren’t serving coffee that’s at least restaurant quality—or if your coffee maker looks like something from a Joe DiMaggio commercial—it’s time for an upgrade.
Coffee that does good
While we’re talking about good coffee, let’s talk about coffee that does good…Fair Trade coffee.
In the simplest of terms, when you buy Fair Trade coffee more of your money goes directly to the coffee farmers who work modest plots of land in developing countries.
As an example, when you buy a pound of Hope’s Blend, ground coffee branded by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), fifteen cents is donated to its Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program which helps farmers to build stronger communities.
Serving Fair Trade coffee shows your church is serious about social justice—and that alone might be a deciding factor in whether or not a visitor worships with you a second time.
They’re easy. And cheap. But a trash can overflowing with Styrofoam cups screams “landfill”! These days, people notice.
At some churches, people bring their own cups and have a supply on hand for guests. If that’s not practical for your church, check with your paper goods supplier to see what Earth-friendly options are available.
Ask other churches in your neighborhood if they’d join with you on a bulk order of recyclable cups so you can both get a price break.
Put together a committee of young adults—who may be more passionate about the topic—to research alternatives and present them to the congregation.
What little changes—with big results—have you made in your Coffee Hour? Comment below to share them with us.