A new concept of hospitality unfolded in my neighborhood. The Turquoise Table has become a meeting place—kind of like the old village well—for neighbors, friends, and even strangers, to hang out and do life together. The table has spurred a front yard revival in our neighborhood and had become a welcome place to gather and love. Before long the Turquoise Table led to a movement of Front Yard People—people just like you and me who want to create community right where we live.
All across America, neighbors are getting to know one another at turquoise picnic tables in the most simple place of all — their front yards. From California to Maine, the Turquoise Table has become a symbol of hospitality and a welcome place to slow down and connect with friends and neighbors.
“The simplicity of the Turquoise Table embodies the kind of movement that all congregations must embrace. It encourages the people in our pews to leave their Christian bubbles, embrace hospitality, and intentionally form friendships with their neighbors. Anyone can do this and all of us should. If every Christian in America took these simple steps we would see our neighborhoods, cities, and nation transformed in amazing ways.”
Thomas Daniel, Senior Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas
“Here at ACC Pinnacle campus we were looking for a way for students and faculty to engage in a comfortable setting. A place where ideas could be shared and discussed outside of the classroom environment. The Turquoise Table has been the perfect answer for creating that community. It is a welcome place to meet new friends and connect.”
David Tucker, Austin Community College Campus Manager
“Once upon a time there was a basic social interaction we could count on called “knowing our neighbors.” Somewhere in the mix of social media and busy living, many have forgotten how to build community in even the most obvious places. The Turquoise Table is the simplest, most low stress, delightful, friendly, and approachable way to do life with the people around you again. It’s a no-brainer: cheery picnic table, front yard living, knowing the people who can loan a cup of sugar. It has become hands down one of my favorite spaces to do life!”
Logan Wolfram, author of Curious Faith