Three community soup nights are planned for 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Westwood, located at 313 Ash St. Soup will be served Friday, Jan. 24; Friday, Feb. 28; and Friday, March 27.
“Soup Night is a time to get together as a community in a casual and comfortable surrounding and possibly get to know someone a little better,” said Kippy Mayne, who coordinates the free event.
This is the fourth year of community soup night, said Mayne. After hearing a story on the radio about a soup night hosted by a church on the East Coast, she approached her pastor, Terry Johnson, at Calvary Chapel Westwood to ask if a soup night for the Westwood community could be a possibility. Three were planned for 2017 and every year after.
Ten to 12 soups are prepared and served with warm bread and cookies for dessert. Also, coffee and punch are served.
Mayne listened to the details of the event on a Christian radio station when the church members back east were interviewed. They described how much their community enjoyed a no-charge soup night.
She agreed that there are many benefits to soup night. During the winter months people can get cabin fever, and soup night provides an opportunity to get out of the house. Also, people are often laid off work during the winter, making going out for a meal less affordable. Residents of Westwood and Clear Creek have an opportunity to connect and form friendships that creates a bond of support, which is particularly helpful when someone in the community needs help. Because tables are set up family style, singles do not eat alone.
“Everyone is welcome. It’s wonderful soup and fellowship,” said Mayne.
She added that during summer months people often connect and visit with neighbors while shopping at the Friday Night Farmers Market in Westwood. Soup Night is a similar opportunity.
For more information, call 256-3309.