A message from Sandals Church and Cultivate Women: We care deeply about the safety of our guests, families and communities. We’ve been keeping a close eye on what’s happening with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19) and have made the decision to move weekend services online starting this weekend, March 14-15. For ongoing updates and online service times, please visit sandalschurch.com.
As KIND tables are small scale in-home gatherings, we encourage you to connect with your invited guests and proceed at your discretion in the way that is most comfortable for both you and the women in attendance. Whether you choose to proceed on Friday, March 13 or postpone your event, our Kind Table video and content will remain available to you here on our website through April 2020.
With you in love and kindness,
The Cultivate Team
We wholeheartedly believe YOU were made for community. Our desire is to create meaningful opportunities for EVERY woman to cultivate REAL community marked by exceptional kindness. You’re invited to join us for a unique, one night group experience that will empower you to serve as an ambassador of kindness, setting a table for the women in your community AND making room at the table for even more women to taste and see what kindness can do.
What is Kind Table?
Cultivate KIND tables are a small detour from our regular group format that give you the opportunity to invite women to share in REAL community and experience exceptional kindness. Our heart is that you create an intimate, safe and welcoming environment, where your invited guests can share a meal, enjoy unique Cultivate content through a video (available here on March 13) and engage in REAL conversation that will allow you to cultivate community.
Whether in a community group, attending Sandals Church or simply an invited guest, EVERY woman is welcome to cultivate a KIND table:
- Cultivate Group Leaders may host women from their existing group along with their invited guests.
- Women in Sandals Church Mixed Groups can gather at a KIND table while the men enjoy “guy time.”
- All Sandals Church Women are welcome to host a KIND table or attend as an invited guest, even if you’re not in an existing community group or ready to join one.
- EVERY Woman including friends, family, neighbors and co-workers is invited to experience KIND table!
Host: Set a KIND table in your home.
Co-Host: Ask someone to host in their home. This frees you to focus on other details and share the opportunity to serve your group and guests.
Get Creative: If neither you nor group members have the ability to host, choose a neutral location where you can gather. Be sure it will accommodate your needs with enough seating, space to enjoy a meal and the ability to watch our teaching video.
Choose Your Meal
Decide on the meal plan that best suits you. You might choose to bless your guests by providing the entire meal and all the trimmings. Your guests can also share in meal planning by bringing a favorite appetizer, main dish, side or dessert. If you’d rather, everyone can pitch in for take out or food delivery. Be considerate of your guest’s unique needs and plan accordingly.
Extend a Kind Invite
Your KIND table is an opportunity to live out kindness with your community group, as well as invite women who might not be ready to join a group, attend a Cultivate event or even a weekend service, but would willingly gather among friends for one night. Ask God who He wants around your table, then get the word out! When you register as a hostess, you’ll receive exclusive content including printable postcard invites or use group text, e-mail, e-vite or phone calls. Ask your guests to save the date for Friday, March 13 and send a KIND reminder before your gathering!
The simplest table can be the most KIND. First, make your guests feel welcome and comfortable, then add those special touches that create an inviting table. Consider the skills and talents represented among the women attending and encourage them to cultivate those. Is someone known for creative table decorations, cooking a special dish or incredible desserts? Invite them to partner with you in setting a KIND table!
Here are a few KIND ideas to consider:
- Create table settings with a place mat, charger or decorative element.
- Add fresh flowers, a centerpiece, table runner or creative touch.
- Use name cards to assign seats and help women get to know each other. Register as a hostess to receive our printable hostess place/note cards!
- Keep beverages simple with pitchers of water, ice tea or lemonade.
- Make room for dessert, coffee and the fixings.
- Don’t forget plates, utensils, napkins and glasses!
As the hostess, you set the tone for your time together, so create a unique and memorable experience. Pray over the details and add elements that will make your guests feel invited into your community – like our “Be KIND” bingo game, get to know you questions or simply easy conversation. Your time together will also include a short video (available here on March 13) that will lead your group into REAL conversation. A closing time of gratitude or prayer is a KIND send off too.
Serve your KIND table with love. This is an opportunity to show the love of Christ, rather than share the gospel. Go first by authentically answering questions, modeling kindness and encouraging each woman to participate in a way that makes them most comfortable. Everyone should feel safe and included, not awkward or overwhelmed. Be REAL, but above all else be KIND.
Continuing in Kindness
What’s next? Our hope is that your KIND table experience will bring you closer together and remind you of the power of community and kindness. If new women joined and are eager to continue in community, make an invitation to your group. If your group is at capacity, perhaps someone is ready to grow in leadership and start a new group? Your next step might be as simple as an invite to an upcoming Cultivate event, weekend service, or just to talk more over coffee. Seek God and step forward in faith and kindness, ensuring each woman feels cared for and loved.
There’s a seat at the Kind Table for you!
Thank you for partnering with us in this incredible opportunity to reach more women with our vision to be REAL and grow spiritually wise in a community of kindness. If you have any questions about KIND tables or Cultivate Women, connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover creative ways to encourage others…doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together…because we need each other! Hebrews 10:24-25 TPT