Connie and I have been parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church over in West Ashley for maybe a little over a year now. I'm hardly the religious type, but Connie is Catholic, so I go along for the ride. It's pretty good people watching too.
Since the beginning of the year, we have been doing the coffee/donut social after the 9AM Mass. It's a nice social gathering after Mass in the church hall, a chance to sit down and chat/hang out with fellow parishioners over coffee and donuts. It's been a fairly popular thing, and from what I've gathered, a long standing tradition at the church.
Every Sunday morning except for the third Sunday of each month (the Knights of Columbus do pancake breakfast that Sunday), and the Sunday immediately preceeding or following a major holiday, we head over to our local Dunkin' Donuts to pick up anywhere from 13-18 dozen donuts (makes the car smell really good...)
With the donuts, apple and orange juices, and any other supplies needed for the day, we get to the chuch hall around 0745 and start setting up. Tables and chairs are moved around, donuts are set out and the coffee brewing is started. By the time everything is set up, it's about 0830, and time to head over to the church.
After the final blessing (but not after communion, because you're not supposed to leave until at least after the blessing), we're out the door back to the hall to set out the coffee urns and start pouring the juices. Not long after that (sometimes there are people waiting already), there's a line of people coming to get their coffee and donuts.
It's nice to see people hanging out and socializing. People are talking, having a good time, sometimes there are kids running around and playing. After 8 months now, there are a lot of familiar faces, and sometimes a few new ones. It's a nice little community, and part of what I expect churches to be.
If you're in the area, come join us for coffee and donuts!