Good food and conversation at Faith and Life Centre’s community meal

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

The Faith and Life Centre (FLC) is offering the Brock community a home cooked meal for a toonie donation this Wednesday.

On November 6, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Christian Reformed chaplain Zach DeBruyne and the FLC, will be hosting their “Toonie Supper.”  According to DeBruyne these meals started 20 years ago with the past Christian Reformed Campus Ministries at Brock. The new space, at the former Alphie’s Trough, is ideal for them to hold these events. The healthy meals including a vegetarian option are made by the local churches and then donated to the ministry.

“We want to make sure students are getting a good meal. We want [students] to know there are communities outside of Brock that really care for them. They want to say we care about you and these meals are the way they can show it,” said DeBruyne.

Beyond the food provided, this is an opportunity for students to build new relationships by sharing a meal across the table from someone they may have seen around campus and never got a chance to talk to. The space is set up just for this type of interaction.

“The best way to build a relationship with someone or get to know someone, I think, is over a meal,” said DeBruyne. “So it is just setting up the space intentionally and students have really loved it because it is kind of like going over to a friends house for dinner. It is the vibe we are trying to establish with the community.”

If someone does not practice a faith, the space is still accessible to them. According to DeBruyne the FLC helps to facilitate students of faith to continue to grow but it is also for anyone asking big questions.

“We try to fill a specific role for students of faith but also for all students, whether you believe in anything at all or you believe that there is nothing out there. That is still a belief. We help to facilitate a space for students to ask some of those questions and to explore at the university in that way,” said DeBruyne.

The space is not just for Toonie Suppers, it is also a drop in and study space as well. The centre is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“We want students to know it is a space for them to come and use to study or drop in during those hours. I think that will help rewrite the narrative around Faith and Life at Brock and the services we offer at the university. Come and enjoy the space. We look forward to meeting more and more students every day,” said DeBruyne.

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