About

The Table

The Table has been set, candles and good music have set the mood, and the aroma of delectable food is noticeable. Tired, isolated, and hungry folks are arriving, having accepted the invitation. Their glasses are filled as they sit down with a sigh of relief. Together we will feast on our laughter and care, on great food and drink, and on the Lord’s presence. This table symbolizes the Kingdom of God, and is the vision God has given us for our faith community. But, it is also a reality of how Christ is now moving in Bellingham.

 

Our Name

“The Table” is a name that speaks of rich relationships and friendship. A table is a place of connection between new friends… a table of hospitality. A table was where Christ invited His disciples into greater fellowship… a table of discipleship. A table is also a place where the hungry are fed… a table of blessing.

“Missional” is a term describing a paradigm of church, where we live out our faith with our neighbors. Rather than calling out from the inside of a church building for people to come in, the missional church goes out and lives alongside others, whatever their background.

Being a “Faith” community is what separates us from a civic organization or a book club. We unashamedly pursue Jesus Christ as we live out our calling in community.

In a culture that markets primarily to the desires of individuals, “Community” stands in contrast. Despite our differences, The Table is becoming a family, where we laugh and share challenges together. We are sharing a life defined by the alternative values of Christ.

Our Rhythms

The rhythms of The Table (hospitality, discipleship, and blessing) are our mission, our values, and the vision of how we see Christ calling us to live.

Hospitality is the rhythm of creating space in our lives and inviting others into  relationship, where life and faith are shared. Envision a recent party at The Table, where friends were sharing a meal and fun with neighbors and those from the church. Hospitality is when the circles of “my” life purposefully overlap with the circles of “your” life.

Discipleship is the rhythm of intentionally walking in the footprints of Christ, as individuals and as a community. Picture one of The Table’s small groups or worship gatherings, where friends examine scripture, refining their opinion of who God is together. Discipleship is when the Holy Spirit uses His word and people to make us more like Jesus.

Blessing is the rhythm of purposefully leaving the “walls of the church” and home to be the hands of Jesus to those around us. It is seen weekly and monthly when those at The Table visit the sick, tutor children, develop friendships with those different from us, and partner with neighborhood groups in bringing Shalom to our community, all in Jesus’ name.

The rhythms of The Table are the basis of what Christ has called us to do. They are what we strive for, and what we are longing to live out, for God’s glory.

Our Family

We at The Table believe in “the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,” and walk along with all who desire Jesus’ Kingdom to come and His will to be done. Specifically, The Table is blessed to be a part of a bi-national family of churches called the Christian Reformed Church. Locally, The Table is in direct partnership with Mosaic, Hope in Christ Church, and Three Trees Coffeehouse, as well as other churches in the county (including Bethel CRC, among others).

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