What room do you spend the most time in at your home? I’m going to guess your answer is either the kitchen or the living room (or the family room). The family room is the heart of the home where the family comes together at the end of the day to laugh, bond, talk, watch tv, play games, and more.
Imagine now that your parish has a family room where you can sit to rest, catch up, and come together. What a dream!
I have to share these pictures from St. Elizabeth Seton in Carmel, Indiana. I was there a few weeks ago for workshop I was leading and I was so excited to experience their Family Room in person. I’ve been hearing about this concept for years. It’s a room, off the main Church, with space for people to gather. It’s simply decorated, has comfortable couches, tables, and even a piano. There are photos throughout the room of deceased parish family members as a point of remembrance. Throughout their either facility they have a few spaces set up similarly.
Each is a space where the family, the parish family, can come together to catch up after Mass, before an event, or after school. Your building might not be able to accommodate something as large as this, but could you take the concept and be intentional about a space at your parish?