Last night I participated in an event that I now realize was probably one of the most unconventional church-sponsored events that I have ever attended. (This realization was brought to me courtesy of my most unconventional friend – you know who you are.) Before I give you the details about how it all went down, just know that my church does not yet have a functional facility of our own, so this circumstance added to the aforementioned oddity of the evening. The main purpose of the event was to gather together to celebrate the commitments/re-commitments of about 40 people that wanted to be baptized to proclaim that Christ is now the center of their lives. That part was awesome! It always gives me goosebumps to know that God is alive and still moving in people’s hearts. I’m guessing there were at least a couple hundred people there. But let me help you with the visual: We were using a big inflatable pool that was set up outside the school that we use for our weekly services. It looked like some sort of wacky, enormous, pot-bellied, ultra-blue container. I’m guessing the water was about 3′ deep.
Once everyone that wanted to was good and dunked, everyone started feasting. Throw a burger on the grill, dip a chip, spoon out that mac and cheese and, for the strong-stomached, slurp down an oyster or two. I personally exercised my mooching skills that I have perfected in my singleness. In other words, I ate everyone else’s food, but I did not bring as much as a 2-liter of Coke. Here’s what that looked like:
Essentially, we tailgated a baptism.
After we all ate more than we should (all in the name of fellowship, of course), we moved inside to watch an unnamed sporting event. We watched and talked, then a few of us get a little bored and decided to play a game. We played poker. Yes, poker at a church event. Some of you probably wouldn’t bat an eye, but I know there are still some that see the irony.
It was a very fun evening. Now I think it’s safe to say that churches can come together in many different ways and for many different reasons. But we will always eat.