Coffee with Soul!
October 15, 2014A rural Church has run is second successful café church in a mid-Wales Market town. St. Mary the Virgin, Builth Wells takes over CC’s Coffee Shop in the Builth town once a month to run an informal fresh expression of community dealing with issues from a faith perspective. Inspired by the burgeoning Café Church movement which is taking off across the UK, the church decided to leave its familiar walls and hold a regular event in the middle of the town. The event has seen over two dozen different people meet together for quality coffee and great refreshments whilst taking part in round table discussions, quizzes and activities – all without a hymn book in sight!. Everyone is welcome whether churchgoer or not! With one in five of us now visiting a coffee shop everyday (as opposed to one in nine in 2009), coffee culture has become imbedded in our way of life – even for a small rural town like Builth Wells. When the church realized that it was missing out on a chance to reach out to both locals and visitors it took a chance and decided to try something different. Banners advertising the church now festoon the church railings and there has been a really positive response, Father Neil Hook, the local priest said; “We’ve been amazed at the reaction that this short high quality, interactive event has generated. Sometimes people find coming to church really intimidating – going to an unfamiliar locale, with strange architecture, and even stranger words and music takes courage. However popping into a coffee shop is something most of us do day by day! What we have found is that people are seeking to make an initial connection with their spirituality in a comfortable and familiar environment”.