What do we do at Assembly?
Thinking of coming to check out our monthly Assembly, but aren’t sure what to expect? Here’s a preview…
We meet in the private party room at Mercato Ristorante in downtown Olympia. The location is served by public transit and is ADA accessible. Just come in the main entrance and go straight back, down the hall past the restrooms.
The Assembly starts at 12:00pm and runs until about 1:30pm. The format centers on a 20-30 minute speaker presentation – sometimes informative, sometimes inspirational, sometimes both! After the speaker, we break off into small groups to discuss the topic for a few minutes. Other elements of the Assembly include music, a topical reading, a chance for each person to share a sentence or two about what’s going on in their lives, a short personal story from a featured member, and announcements. Anyone is welcome to stand or wander as needed for personal comfort – the atmosphere is casual.
We listen to our theme song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers Theme Song)” at the beginning of each Assembly. There are also occasions where a music video is part of our presentation. All songs are secular, popular songs that either fit the topic of the day or just fit with our general goal of celebrating life. Singing along is welcome but entirely optional.
We have a server on hand to take other drink orders (soda, wine, beer, etc.). After the Assembly, many of us stay at the restaurant and socialize over food and drinks.
Kids are absolutely welcome at Assemblies. (And at many of our social and volunteer events, too!) At the moment, only a small handful of kids attend regularly, and our venue doesn’t offer a separate room for them to play in. We do have a dedicated Kids Table in the back corner, equipped with things for quiet play, like art supplies and books. (Feel free to bring your own quiet toys as well.) Kids are welcome to sit at the Kids Table, join their parents in the audience, or quietly wander back and forth – whatever works for you. In the future we hope to be able to expand our offerings for kids and families. If this is something you’re interested in helping with, please let us know!