Stroud Baptist Church will celebrate 25 years of Men's Dinners this month.
The popular dinners, held monthly between March and October, began in 1993 when the Reverend Tom Tolhurst raised the idea as a form of outreach to the community.
“Over the years there have been many men from all walks of life come and have a chat, share a meal and hear a talk from a guest speaker,” organiser Shayne Holstein, said.
“Those who attend have really enjoyed this unique experience.”
John Bowen was appointed to run the meetings which included monthly guest speakers to talk on various subjects from a faith perspective and to invite men to attend.
John and Doreen Bowen would organise the meals while Caleb Webster would faithfully set up the tables.
“We have had many people over the years who helped serve the meals too,” Mr Holstein said.
John Bowen resigned from organising the dinners two years ago and Mr Holstein has taken over this role.
Doreen Bowen has also resigned as the main caterer although still helps out regularly.
Alen and Christine Bowen are now caterers and have continued a great tradition of providing delicious meals.
“It's been estimated that over the past 25 years, well-over 5000 meals have been served,” Mr Holstein said.
“Not only do we have guest speakers, we also have had many accomplished music entertainers.
“John Ridgeway and The Ireland family from Bulahdelah were very popular with the audiences.”
There has never been an entry fee for these dinners, however there's a donation tin for people who wish to contribute to the cost of the meal.
Any surplus of funds is donated to charity.
Although the dinners are mostly for men, women are invited to about three dinners, including the final dinner of the year to be held on Saturday, October 20 from 6pm at Stroud Baptist Church.
“Everyone is most welcome to attend this celebration dinner and experience a great evening,” Mr Holstein said.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 17 to Shayne on 0459 030 178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org