People are longing for a place to belong–a place to be welcome at the table and the turquoise table provides a simple place to love those God has placed right in front of us. ~Kristin Schell

The motto for Lowe’s Home Improvement store is, “Let’s build something together”. We love this for so many reasons, and in their own way, each of the writers here at GraceTable is building something in their real-life communities. 

Kristin Schell is building community in her neighborhood, by way of a turquoise table in her front yard. But what started as one woman’s obedience to God’s nudge, has traveled much farther than a Texas front yard.

Turquoise Table Neighbors

Turquoise tables can be found in over 25 states, and even in Uganda. 

“The Turquoise Table has led to a movement of Front Yard People ā€” a movement of people, just like you and me, who want to create community right where they live.” ~Kristin Schell

This is what God does with obedience. This is one of the ways God blows the roof off of our small, trembling “yes” and takes our small offerings and multiplies the gift. Neighbors are building something together, every time they gather around one of these simple tables. 

The very day I put the table out front, someone who needed to get out of the house ā€“ a neighbor Iā€™d never met ā€“ walked past and stopped to talk. We sat at the table and started a friendship. Next, curious people from across the street stopped by and stayed for a cup of coffee. By week three, both spontaneous and planned gatherings were happening regularly at the turquoise table.

This Thanksgiving, we pray you would open your hearts and doors a little wider, that you’d make room at your table for those who need a place to come and be–just as they are. We pray that God would encourage you, and lead you as you accept His invitation to come and sit beside Him, that you would know that in all things, you are never alone. We pray for bold,willing hearts eager to love, despite fear, willing to hope against the odds, and dream beyond what seems reasonable. 

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Kristin is generously giving away a Lowe’s Gift Card ($120 value) to ONE of you, so that you might build a place in your front yard to gather with friends and neighbors. We’d love for you to get a picnic table and a can of  Nifty Turquoise paint! 

 

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We wish you and your families and friends a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving celebration. We give thanks for you, and LOVE that you come daily to this table here. 

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Kris is a writer and artist living in the middle of Ohio. She loves Jesus, people, and words. She is most often found in her tiny kitchen, where she plays with her food. Having recently mastered the art of preparing perfectly crisp dino-nuggets–she is her children’s hero.

  • Julie

    I love the idea of the Turquoise Table! We’re trying to cultivate friendship among our neighbors and believe that front yards and open doors are great ways to begin. Thanks for the opportunity.

    November 25th, 2015 7:03
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  • Dawn
    http://www.journeysingrace.com

    Just the realization that a table represents a powerful welcome and it spans nations is amazing, yet so simple…it is evident it is a God-thing. Only God can move hearts in such a way to combine simple with genuine and yield abundance. Tables are good for serving such grace. šŸ™‚ Inspiring story.

    Blessings,
    Dawn

    November 25th, 2015 7:26
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  • Rebecca Hardee

    I have been wanting to get a picnic table for our front yard for so long, but we just haven’t been able to afford it. I would love to have a place for our bus stop kids to sit and wait, for the parents to wait to pick up kids, just a place to gather and get to know one another.

    November 25th, 2015 7:44
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  • Tina R

    I would love a turquoise table. What a great idea. Normally when I think of picnic tables, I imagine them in the backyard. I absolutely love the idea of having it in the front yard to invite community with my neighbors.

    November 25th, 2015 7:48
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  • Toria

    We moved this summer to a community with a circle loop. I have so loved getting to know our neighbors and experiencing this kind of community where we’re all here together! The neighbor kids end up riding their scooters on our driveway, and I can just picture them gathering around the turquoise table to color or make crafts in the summer.

    November 25th, 2015 7:59
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  • Monica Kaye Snyder
    http://www.MonicaKayeSnyder.com

    My husband was just joking how I needed more than a bench but an entire table! Love this.

    November 25th, 2015 8:00
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  • Angie

    A Turquoise Table is the perfect idea for us! We have just moved into our fixer-upper home, feeling beyond blessed to be back in a neighborhood… With a pull and a calling on our hearts to make a difference in this very place where only God’s hand could have sovereignly placed us. I am looking out my front window right now and picturing the scenes that could play out around a Turquoise Table in my front yard with all kinds of beautiful people. Thank you so much for this idea!!

    November 25th, 2015 8:19
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  • Susan

    What a fantastic idea! A visual invitation to community in your own front yard!! Love it.

    November 25th, 2015 8:25
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  • Candace H

    Have been “working my way to a turquoise table” with my hubby… So far have 2 benches, 2 chairs and 2 little side tables. šŸ™‚

    November 25th, 2015 8:37
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  • Alison Speerbrecker

    I would love to have a turquoise table in my front yard. I was hoping to be more visible in my neighborhood this summer and I failed. I think a cool table would help šŸ˜‰

    November 25th, 2015 8:48
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  • Katrina

    What a beautiful idea (and beautiful color!)… we live in a super rural area, so I don’t know how many people would stop in, but I’d love to try šŸ™‚

    November 25th, 2015 8:56
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  • Amy J. O.

    Ever since hearing about a turquoise table, I have wanted one. What a fabulous way to fellowship w/ neighbors. I’m praying about this one.

    November 25th, 2015 8:57
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  • Melanie

    I have been wanting to put a table in my front yard! And I will be more than happy to paint it turquoise!

    November 25th, 2015 9:04
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  • LaRae
    http://Laraehumes.blogspot.com

    One of my husband and I’s shared spiritual gifts is hospitality. This is a beautifully simple way to make hospitality accessible to all. Having something to gather around would allow us to build a neighbor community that we have wanted to.

    Thank you for being obedient and putting God’s truth into something tangible, like a turquoise table.

    November 25th, 2015 9:08
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  • Stephanie Wakeem

    We love being part of the turquoise table movement! I am entering for a friend!

    November 25th, 2015 9:49
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  • Susan Shipe
    http://hopehearthome.com

    Love the table. Emily has a bench, you have a table!

    November 25th, 2015 10:05
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  • Heather woods

    We used to have a long park bench in our front yard that we would sit and visit on while the kids played. I would love to have a place to sit and visit again with the neghbors

    November 25th, 2015 10:19
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  • Laura

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. I LOVE this idea and in a small community with very private neighbors, this would be a great way to show our doors are really open and we are ready to meet and share with them. God bless!

    November 25th, 2015 10:32
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  • Sophia

    I loved this idea and keep wanting to do it in my own neighborhood! Love, love, love this idea about how to build community! I love the color too! Maybe this is my opportunity to finally do it!

    November 25th, 2015 11:47
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  • Shelya
    http://www.aerielane.com

    I love the idea of this and the community behind it. Putting the Word into action right in our neighborhoods!

    November 25th, 2015 13:09
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  • Debbie
    http://www.naptimecoffeebreak.com

    I just found out about this movement and am SO OBSESSED. I would so incredibly love to get a table and paint it turquoise. My husband and I have already made changes in our lives so we have more time for hospitality and getting to know our neighbors and oh my goodness would this just be the icing on the cake. Thanks for this chance!

    November 25th, 2015 13:50
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  • Beth Ann

    Such a wonderful idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

    November 25th, 2015 13:51
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  • Laura

    Yes it would look great in our backyard!

    November 25th, 2015 15:35
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  • Beth D

    I am so ready for a turquoise table! I long for the neighborhood where I live to be a community.

    November 25th, 2015 16:11
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  • Mindi C

    What a beautiful idea!

    November 25th, 2015 17:24
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  • Mindy
    http://www.adandeliondiary.blogspot.com

    What a wonderful idea – a place to actually gather in the front yard. Most picnic tables are hidden in the back and or behind fences. This space continues to challenge my heart…

    November 25th, 2015 18:55
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  • Lori Justus

    I have never heard of the turquoise table idea and LOVE the concept! Thank you for all the grace and love you share on your blogs.

    November 25th, 2015 22:43
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  • Linda

    Great idea – thanks for chance to win the giveaway šŸ™‚

    November 26th, 2015 20:31
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  • Michele

    I love this!!

    November 27th, 2015 8:10
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  • Barbie
    http://barbieswihart.com

    OMG, this would be so awesome! I have no backyard furniture at all.

    November 27th, 2015 22:32
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  • Darlene

    Yes! That table would be adorable!!

    November 27th, 2015 22:51
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  • Robin Dance
    http://robindance.me

    Ever since I was introduced to the Turquoise Table REVOLUTION I tell ya, I’ve had fizzy affections for the idea :). Kristin’s story is so special because this wasn’t anything she set out to do or be known for…she just took this peculiar (but colorful) step of faith, and God turned it into something amazing. That so many others have followed suit is testimony to this holy work. I would SO love to win this table to begin this sweet tradition and “door opener” in our neighborhood. It would make me braver, I think.

    šŸ™‚

    November 30th, 2015 17:49
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  • Amy L

    I would love to try a turquoise table. Great idea šŸ™‚

    November 30th, 2015 18:07
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  • Nancy Franson

    Kristin is da bomb! I SO want a turquoise table – Connecticut needs to represent!

    November 30th, 2015 19:04
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  • RJ

    Love this idea. Community is so important!

    November 30th, 2015 21:10
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  • Christine Wright

    Nope, I’m not ready for a table. Not at all. As all my friends could tell you, I’ve run from having one. As someone who does not have the gift of hospitality, I’ve enjoyed cheering everyone else on in their turquoise table journey! But not me, Lord! Except now I’ve moved into a new phase (and last week, a new home). Still scared and inhospitable as ever but oh, how God uses the least.

    November 30th, 2015 22:10
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  • Laura
    http://Laura

    I want to be ready for a table, but I honestly think I should say that I’m not ready yet.

    November 30th, 2015 22:28
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  • Lisa

    I have felt so inspired by the the video of The Turquoise Table since they played it at church this summer. I really want to get out of my comfort zone more and bring my neighbors together. Only glitch is that with our homeowners association, I don’t think they would allow a turquoise table in our front yard. May have to get creative on that one! Thank you for inspiring me to do something!

    November 30th, 2015 23:15
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  • Amy Bush

    I’d love to try a turquoise table! šŸ™‚ Love this idea to build community!

    November 30th, 2015 23:17
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  • Valorie MacDonald

    This really hits home! I had thought of placing a couple benches under a tree in my front yard and instead of a Keep Off The Grass sign, post one that said something like “Sit A Spell” or maybe “Go Ahead, Walk on the Grass” etc;D
    Sadly we hita super bad rough patch in our lives right around the time I began having this desire, but it has never left me and I”m BELIEVING (very much a “hope against hope” feeling at this point:/
    ….that God can accomplish ALL that which He has intended for our home – community and indeed our family/marriage!
    Blessings and Hugs from DEEP in the South of Texas!)

    December 1st, 2015 0:48
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  • Wendy Munsell
    http://www.blessedunravelling.com

    My husband and I have been pondering ways to reach our neighbors here in Fort Worth. A turquoise table would be a beautiful way to help make our front yard a welcoming place for neighbors to become friends!

    December 1st, 2015 8:03
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  • Whitney Steedley
    http://WhitneySteedley

    I stumbled across grace table on Instagram and fell in love! What an awesome concept. Fingers crossed! šŸ’›

    December 1st, 2015 10:49
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  • Beth Glosser

    I first read about the Front Yard People movement last year and my family is so ready to be on board! I hope to start 2016 with one in our front yard.

    December 1st, 2015 15:52
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