How Do I Join Foyers?

Patterned after a concept developed at Coventry Cathedral in England, “Foyers”  started at St. Luke’s in 1976. These small groups of people meet regularly throughout the year to share a light meal and relaxed conversation.

While the word ‘foyer’ refers to a hearth, vestibule, or a warm, welcoming place, Foyers groups are a way for to get to know newcomers and others in a personal and informal way. And, newcomers themselves find Foyers to be a very welcoming and “at home” experience.

St. Luke's FoyersThe groups are a potpourri of St. Luke’s folk. Individuals, couples, old and young, urban and rural, old-timers and newcomers sign up in the fall and are connected to others in groups of six to eight people by the Foyers Committee.

When and where? Each group is different. Some meet after church on Sundays, or on Sunday evenings. Others meet on Saturday evenings. Some have been known to gather at restaurants or to have a picnic at a convenient spot.

Format? You decide as a group.  Most meet more or less monthly for a soup/ sandwich/ casserole meal. The goal is to “visit”, simply to get to know one another and to exchange ideas in the comfort of someone’s home or other relaxed setting. These informal gatherings are a wonderful for of reaching out within the Cathedral community and are one more step of living out our mission.

How do I join a group? In the fall a sign up list is posted on the bulletin board for several weeks to encourage people to sign up. From this master list groups are formed and we try to make them a bit different every year. And, groups are welcome to add new people during the year.

Each group is assigned a convener who will organize the first meeting. Then as a group you decide when, where, and how often to meet.

Or contact Anne Schink at 799-3112 or or Cynthia Fitzgerald at 774-3526 or

It’s fun! It’s relaxing! It’s a wonderful way to meet new people, explore new and old interests together, and to gain a new sense of belonging to the Cathedral community.