What is the basic format for the weekend?

The weekend consists of a series of talks given by clergy and fellow Christians. The talks focus on faith issues and personal testimony. Guests meet in small groups to discuss the talks and summarize key points. Communion is served daily. The team running the weekend and guests live as a self-contained Christian community, away from commitments, distractions, and responsibilities we all face in the outside world.

What makes the weekend special?

Ask someone who has attended a banquet! It is hard to put into words how inspiring the experience can be! When Christians have the opportunity to spend 3 days concentrating on their faith and personal relationship with God, many truly wonderful things can happen. From seekers who are new to their faith to Pastors, everyone seems to be moved by the experience. The best advice we can give is to ask someone who has attended the banquet. The description provided above (in response to the basic format question) might not seem dynamic, but the weekend certainly is dynamic.

What should I bring to the weekend?

Your sponsor will have more information on what to bring. In general, though, pack casual clothing, as layers are often the best choice. You will also need to bring bedclothes, toiletries, towels, and any medication you need to take during the weekend. Bringing a Bible is not necessary, but many guests do so to mark passages discussed in the talks.

Can I sleep at home?

No. Everyone, the team running the events, and guests spend the entire weekend together as a Christian community, isolated from the outside world. This includes sleeping at the church. However, if you require a special sleeping arrangement, please let us know. We will likely be able to accommodate your needs.

Is the Great Banquet part of a particular church or denomination?

No, The Great Banquet is a non-denominational movement that is governed by an ecumenical board. All Great Banquet Communities are hosted by churches that provide facilities for the community. So while Northern Virginia Great Banquet Community events are held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, we are not a Vienna Presbyterian Church, or Presbyterian-only, group.