The Flowing Oil Cafe, a ministry that connects local churches with members of the community by providing them a free meal, has announced its schedule for the next several months.

The next meal the ministry will sponsor will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Second and Hess streets, Quarryville. Memorial UM is one of two "host" churches that provide a place for the meal to be held and a kitchen where the meal can be prepared.

Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 611 Robert Fulton Highway, will host the second meal of the New Year at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The meals will be held at either church the last Saturday of every other month through June at 5:30 p.m. There will not be a meal in May because of Memorial Day.

Trista Steinhauer of Quarryville, a member of Mt. Vernon Mennonite Church in Kirkwood who came up with the idea for the ministry, said "It's a way to gather the community and get to know everyone and share Christ."

The Flowing Oil Cafe officially formed at the end of October. On April 2, they served their first meal at Faith Church. Although 65 people signed up, only six came because it rained.

The last meal, held the same evening as Quarryville Community Day was held, brought in 75 people. They usually average between 10 to 20 people at the meals.

Steinhauer said the ministry has established "service teams," which can include members of a Bible study group or a Sunday school class who help prepare and serve the meal. There are a few teams from Wesley United Methodist Church who help with the meals.

She said she's also working on getting a transportation team together.

"It's a way to bring in people who need something to do on the weekends or who don't want to be alone," said Steinhauer, who added that new families who just moved to the area are also welcome to attend.

The meals are free and open to anyone.

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