The Presbytery of East Tennessee

The Loaves and Fishes Experience:  March 16-17, 2012

Loaves & Fishes 2012 brochure cover

             “Food for the Soul”

    At the beautiful Clayton Center on the campus of

                   Maryville College, Maryville, TN


What’s Loaves and Fishes?

A Friday night to Saturday afternoon, presbytery wide event with inspiring worship, keynote, workshops, and music for people of all ages from churches of all sizes. Come Friday night for a shared meal, great music and keynote speaker.  Then kick back afterward at our off site “Theology After Hours ” discussions led by our keynoter and worship leaders.  Saturday morning we gather again with music and workshops covering a wide range of topics to renew and refresh church leaders, pastors, parents, youth, teachers and all those in between.  Meanwhile our experienced John Knox camp staff lead your children in crafts, games and a day of fun with new friends they won’t forget.  We end with a communion service in the afternoon, and everyone goes home ready to share the experience with their congregations, families and coworkers.   The Loaves and Fishes Experience is something for everyone!  You won’t want to miss it!!

Loaves and Fishes 2012:  Food for the Soul

Food and Faith are interwoven on nearly every page of the Bible.  Table fellowship was central to Jesus’ ministry with his disciples, and the modern church more than ever must embrace table fellowship as a unifying act.  When we eat with others, we know them in ways we could not otherwise, we talk with them, we enjoy one another. 

The Loaves and Fishes Experience 2012 will focus on that table fellowship, not only inside the church doors but in our neighborhoods.  We will examine how we can be faithful stewards of the food resources in our local communities. We will explore ways for promoting healthy food habits, from what we put into our own bodies to the way food is presented in our schools and the community.

On March 16 -17, 2012, you can learn more about a variety of food ministry workshops on Community Gardens, Haiti's Children's Nutrition Program, Cooking Classes, Fair Trade Resources and more. This Experience will also feed your spirit and energize your walk with Christ with table fellowship classes on such topics as Family Systems, Leader training, Small Church ministries, Young Adults in Today's Church and Resources for Christian Education.

Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Lise Worthington, pastor of Blooming Grove United Church of Christ, and chef and minister of food and faith at Stony Point Conference Center -

Preacher: The Rev. Thomas Daniel, co-pastor, Kairos Church, Atlanta -  

Music: The Rev. Bryan Field McFarland, singer/song writer and Hunger Action Advocate for Salem Presbytery -