Jesus used the dinner table to befriend the stranger and the sinner to talk about the Kingdom of God. At the Last Supper he instructed his disciples to take the meal of love and forgiveness and re-enact it whenever they gathered. In this way Jesus embedded the Gospel into the dinner table theology. What this meant to these first followers was to gather the poor and the strangers to an abundant table, eat a meal together, and talk about Jesus. We believe that Jesus still likes having dinner with sinners. He just needs his followers to set the table.
In 2018, Central had the vision to offer Jesus in Waco through a different kind of worship experience based on the dinner church model on a day and at a place other than on Sunday in the church. The Jesus Table was born. After much research and prayer, it was decided to offer this dinner church on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm in a restaurant on Franklin. Central secured a grant of $10,000 from the conference and in September, the first service was held. The vision was that the Jesus Table would attract people living downtown who might be leery of traditional church and who might be looking for a spiritual alternative. Soon, the word began to spread - not with the people living in the condos downtown but among the homeless and the working poor living downtown. A new faith community was formed and new relationships began to grow. The service each week begins with a welcome followed by a short message from the Gospel. Then the central part of the gathering is offered – Holy Communion. After prayer and the serving of the bread and juice, everyone is invited to share a meal around the tables. In 2019, the Jesus Table moved to the Hangar on 17th Street. The rent is free and the food is donated by a local Waco restaurant every Tuesday night. All are welcome to come, break bread together and experience Jesus in a new and exciting way.