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The Mustard Seed Coffee Shop

Overview:

This is an initiative in development of Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church, to enable the church develop and strengthen its links within the community it serves and in particular with those members of the community who do not regularly attend church services. It wishes to do this in a way that will nurture a culture that is people-centred and flexible , supporting community development in an area that has been identified as deprived.

The shop aims to provide:

  • a welcoming, friendly place providing excellent coffee, tea and other refreshments using Fairtrade and ethically sourced products whenever possible. It will be a place where people can relax and meet and share in conversation.
  • a safe environment for young people to drop in for information and social activities. We will look to attract them by providing a small cyber-cafe and a modern attractive environment. It is hoped that the church will be able to develop closer relationships with the young people that drop-in and this will eventually provide an opportunity for sharing of faith.
  • For those young people already involved in church activities the coffee shop will provide a modern, cosy and friendly environment in which to undertake activities to develop and extend their faith.
  • a modern attractive meeting place in the town to help develop relationships with the 'lost generation' of 30s to 40s particularly with young Mums by attracting them as customers in the early morning or afternoon when they are taking and collecting their children from the local school which is located close by. This will enable the church to build upon the good relationships already established by "The Ark" Mums and Toddlers held at the church each week and the Girls' and Boys' Brigades.
  • an opportunity for outside agencies to use the premises to provide support and advice sessions and are actively pursuing opportunities with Help the Aged, Citizens Advice Bureau, Connexions and others. This will enable the church to provide relevant services to meet the needs of the community. This is especially important during the current economic climate. We recognise that for some of the elderly members of the community it is not always easy to travel to other areas and we hope to provide local access to the services provided by these agencies, this will be particular important as the local Post Office has recently been closed.

When and Where: Chapel-en-le-Frith

Contact: The Mustard Seed