Christian Service Mission continues on the quest to bring lasting change and community to Birmingham in strategic ways. This spring, ladies from Hope Health Clinic (Fairfield), Covenant Presbyterian, Birmingham Bible (Woodlawn), Mountain Brook Community, True Vine (Tarrant/Inglenook), Oak Mountain Presbyterian, Church of the Highlands, Redeemer, Briarwood, Christ Fellowship and Common Thread Community have been learning and growing together around cutting boards, stove tops and the dinner table through Cooking Well, our healthy lifestyle initiative.

Cooking Well has become a delicious connection between incredible women, who are together one night a week for six weeks to learn about nutrition and healthy cooking techniques that focus on herbs and produce fresh (primarily from the CSM greenhouses!) In the process, subjects are covered such as learning to read food labels, reducing sugar and salt intake, incorporating more vegetables into our diet, meal planning and becoming more physically active. But the deeper truths come from the time we shared eating the meal we prepared together. We are encouraged to be intentional about the nurture of ourselves and our families, to cook and eat dinner at home, and to recognize God’s provision for our lives and godliness (II Peter 1:3).

CSM, eMeals and Samford have partnered to bring this vision to life. Our Cooking Well classes are a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ, a unique experience of feasting together, a bonding that only comes when you are shoulder to shoulder, eye to eye and heart to heart. There is a place set at the table for each participant, expressing an invitation to friendship and celebrating the intrinsic value of each individual and the great gift of community. You are invited to be involved with Cooking Well during the summer months. If you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering or participating, please contact Judy Vann: judy@csmission.org