I've begun my dissertation research on new Seattle churches, and was delighted to discover this uniquely simple, beautiful, and compelling approach by the Christ-followers behind www.communitydinners.com. This Pentecostal church asked themselves "what would Jesus be doing in our neighborhood" and has begun taking steps toward offering free community meals in all of the 27 walking villages of Seattle (they're currently at 5 or 6). They're also working to provide housing, training, and employment.
But this isn't just another church providing a social service. Each meal is followed by "time to encourage the soul by retelling a short story about Christ and offering a prayer for those who want to stay." This is church, and they know it. In their own words, "Community Dinners in Seattle are not a feeding program or an outreach; they are Dinner Churches modeled after the Agape’ Feasts of the first century." I can't wait to see these communities in action! Check out the video.