The dinners not only forging new friendships, but new leaders as well. “If you just come on Sunday morning, sometimes you don’t get to know people,” said organizer Pat Breneman. “When you have eight people in a group you get to know each other a bit better over dinner,” she said. “We make groups of people from different ages, singles and couples,” Breneman said. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — For years, Dinner With Friends has been bringing the Central United Methodist Church community closer together. At Sunday’s kick off dinner, members were divided into subgroups who will spend the next year going out to dinner and building friendships. “If you’re more comfortable around people maybe they’ll introduce you to somebody else and they’ll introduce you to somebody else,” she said. “The opportunities are endless,” At Sunday’s meeting, there was proof that the program really does create lifelong friendships. Gaylord says the opportunities don’t stop there. Breneman says this also makes people more likely to get involved with other aspects of the church. The groups will meet once a month for one year before being switched in order to get to know new people. “I started attending dinner with friends and that’s how the two of us met and ever since we’ve been the best of friends and she’s been my support system,” said Amber Gaylord of Endicott, referring to her friend and fellow Dinner with Friends member Marie King of Binghamton . “She really did get involved she now takes care of ushering and she gets the scripture readers all kinds of things in the Church now,” King “She’s one of our leaders,” “If people get to know each other they are more likely to get involved in the things that we have,” she said.