Café Church is where those who are wondering about faith can have a safe place to explore, those who enjoy contemporary worship can grow in their faith and where families can meet and worship together in an all-age setting.
IT’S INFORMAL, IT’S LIVELY AND IT’S LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!
The idea for having a monthly Café Church first came about in early 2020. The Outreach Group had been chatting for a while about ways to reach out to those perhaps on the fringes of our church and started to plan an informal, contemporary event. Modelled on a similar event run by a church in the south-west of Scotland, we held our first Café Church at the beginning of March. It included lots of lovely home baking, fresh coffee, a live band, worship and a variety of engaging activities around a theme. We thought it was a good start for our new venture… and then lockdown happened.
For a while we didn’t have any idea of how we could continue to run the event remotely, but then we started meeting monthly on Zoom. It’s not quite the same as you have to provide your own coffee and treats! However, much of it remains the same. Firstly, there’s a chance to worship with a (small) live band and sing along to contemporary songs (albeit on mute!). There’s also a chance to explore the theme through quizzes, interviews, chat, drama, Bible readings and a short talk. We hope that the people who come along find it welcoming, engaging and meaningful as we explore God’s Word informally and in a contemporary way.
We try to make it relevant to all ages and wherever people find themselves on their journey of faith.
We usually meet on the third Sunday of the month, although it can sometimes be the fourth one in a five-Sunday month. If you don’t feel comfortable on Zoom, or if you’d prefer to cook the dinner at the same time, then it’s fine to keep your camera off and put yourself on mute. We want everyone to feel welcome and, unlike the pre-recorded services, it’s a chance to meet live and talk to people in real-life (well, as close to real-life as we can manage for now).
Our vision for the future is that we will be able to meet in the church again. We hope that over the next few years, Café Church can be a place where those who are wondering about faith can have a safe place to explore, those who enjoy contemporary worship can grow in their faith and where families can meet and worship together in an all-age setting.
I hope that we can welcome you to Café Church. Although we won’t be meeting in December, we look forward to welcoming you on 17 January 2021, so please make a note of the date in your new diaries!