Café team aims to put church at heart of the community

PUBLISHED: 16:04 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 30 January 2013

church members at the  churchs new weekly coffee shop.

church members at the churchs new weekly coffee shop.


“CHURCH is not just for a Sunday morning” – so says a long-standing member of Clarence Park Baptist Church who is part of a new café project team.

The coffee morning is run at the church in Walliscote Road every Thursday, from 10.30am-12.30pm, and was organised to help the church become more community orientated.

Run by members Gordon and Zillah Long, the café team is made up of six Weston residents who take it in turns to run the free service.

Among them is Alan Loveridge, aged 67, who has been a member of the church since he was five years old.

He said: “We started the café three weeks ago. We opened it for the community and do not charge for anything.

“We wanted the church to become more community-orientated and this was one way that we could start.

“We want to raise the church’s profile. Church is not just for a Sunday morning, there is something going on here all the time, such as clubs, toddlers’ afternoons and boys and girls’ brigade meetings.”

Although the café does not charge for its provision of tea, coffee and biscuits, there is a donations box, and all money collected will go back into funding the facility.

Alan’s wife Beatrice, also aged 67, has been a member of the church since they married 46 years ago and is also part of the team.

She said: “We know in our catchment area there are a lot of rest homes, refuge homes and care centres for people with learning disabilities.

“Some people do not know where to go to meet others and this is somewhere they can have a chat.

“We are hoping that by the summer we can have chairs and tables outside. If it takes off we would do it more than once a week.”

n Pictured: Gordon (seated, left) and Zillah (seated, right) with their café project colleagues.

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