You are welcome at Sheffield’s Open Table

SHEFFIELD — Hungry for a home-cooked meal? Want to spend your Sunday night chatting with neighbors and friends?

Then Sheffield’s Open Table Community Meal is the place to be.

For the past few months, the ladies of the Sheffield United Methodist Church have orchestrated their monthly Open Table event, which is open to the public.

“We want to have anyone in the community come,” said Beverly Barton, who was busy cutting cakes Sunday night at the most recent Open Table meal. “It doesn’t matter if you have money or not. There’s no collection ever taken.”

While the Methodist church in Sheffield started the event, the other two churches in town — United Church of Christ and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church — have chipped in with food and lady-power. Barton said the Sheffield event, which welcomes anyone in the Sheffield area, was initially spearheaded by Sheffield resident Leann Bill. The event is similar to the one held on a weekly basis in Princeton at the First United Methodist Church.

Barton said the event has grown since it first began. On Sunday, she estimated about 60 people enjoyed a pasta bar, salad, garlic bread and plenty of homemade desserts. Other favorite items on the menu in past months have included barbecue, soup/sandwiches and more.

But it’s not just about the food. Barton said the fellowship enjoyed at the Open Table is just as important.

“Anyone is invited. Fellowship is just as important as the meal,” she said.
“A lot of people are lonely and just need someone to visit with.”

The next Open Table in Sheffield is set for April 13.

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