Successful launch for Norwich cafechurch
CafeChurch



2010: Cafechurch had a successful launch at Costa Coffee on London Street, Norwich when over 40 people from across Norwich and Norfolk joined together for carols, a Christmas quiz and coffee in this new initiative to help the church to engage with the local community. Lesley Henery reports.
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There was a lovely atmosphere at the first Norwich cafechurch event on Sunday 12 December. Local churches worked together to host the event, which was fun and relaxed and drew in Christmas shoppers who enjoyed the music, coffee and quiz.

Cafechurch will take place once a month in Norwich and the idea is for Christians to invite friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues – anyone wanting to talk about issues that matter to them, but who would not necessarily go to a ‘normal’ church service. Often church is seen as being out of touch and boring. Cafechurch seeks to change all that.

Cafechurch gives people an opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere to look at issues, such as the environment, debt, stress and relationships, from a Christian perspective.

There was a good mix of people from local churches with their friends and people passing by who appreciated the welcome and cup of coffee at the event last month. One couple who dropped in en route to the cathedral said, "We were drawn in by the singing."

Musical accompaniment was provided by Keith Lilley on accordion and Tim Hughes on piano. Duane Elkins hosted the event and Neil Henery was quiz master.


The next cafechurch is on Sunday 16 January at 4.30pm when the theme for the evening will be ‘New Year, New You.’ Life coach Simon Delf will give a short talk and there’ll be plenty of time for discussion.


Come along and bring your non-Christian friends. It promises to be an interesting and enjoyable evening.

 


 

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The concept of a church in a café could be coming to Norwich soon with interest already raised and the prospect of a training event being planned. Lesley Henery reports.
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Cafechurch is an exciting new venture springing up across the UK. The idea, led by Rev Cid Latty and the Cafechurch Network, originated in Christchurch Baptist, Welwyn Garden City two years ago. Currently there are over 50 cafechurches in towns and cities across the UK. Norwich could be next!

Once a month, cafechurch take over the local coffee shop and host an event for the local community. Costa Coffee are keen to build links with the local community and are encouraging churches to set up a cafechurch in their UK stores, although alternative venues can be used.

All are welcome at cafechurch – it’s an opportunity for the church to engage with the local community. To invite friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues – anyone wanting to talk about issues that matter to them, but who would not necessarily go to a ‘normal’ church service.

Cafechurch gives people an opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere to look at issues, such as the environment, debt, stress and relationships, from a Christian perspective.

Each event is relaxed and informal with quizzes, interviews, discussion, live music, great coffee and good conversation! What an exciting way of bringing people together, to discover more about God. Often church is seen as being out of touch and boring. Cafechurch seeks to change all that.

The Cafechurch Network has a responsibility to train and resource churches nationwide. They hold regular training days and once churches have attended a cafechurch training day, the Cafechurch Network will link them to their local store and resource them to begin cafechurch events. The vision of the Cafechurch Network is a big one, 'One day we will see a cafechurch on every high street in every town, village and city.'

How exciting is that? We are keen to work with other churches and/or individuals to make cafechurch a reality and would love to hear from you. We are also looking at the possibility of hosting a training day in Norwich.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Duane Elkins or myself at New Hope Christian Centre, (01603) 617905 or e-mail the church office jenny.nhcc@virgin.net.

To find out more about cafechurch check out: www.cafechurch.net




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