A taste of something different has headed Colshaw Farm’s way.


Each month, residents of the Riverside Housing-run estate on the fringe of Wilmslow, Cheshire, are being offered a free, monthly Sunday brunch.


The ‘Drop in, Join In, Tuck In’ invitation comes courtesy of Bitesize Church, a new venture backed by the Bramhall and Wythenshawe Methodist Circuit, St Chad’s Church, Handforth, and Hope Central, the Handforth-based Christian charity.


The recently launched informal get-togethers – which features a simple 10-minute talk – is being held on the second Sunday of each month at the Open Arms Centre located on Howty Close in the heart of the estate.

Andrew Pennells, the man behind the Bitesize Church initiative, commented: “We’re delighted with the initial response. Some 30 Colshaw residents turned up and joined in which was a really gratifying answer to prayer.


“True to our vision and values, we undertook to deliver brunch, love, hope, friendship and – above all – good news. The general vibe that was evident around the Open Arms Centre – along with the numerous complimentary comments we received from residents afterwards – suggests we succeeded.


“We can promise a relaxed and caring environment which we hope will appeal to believers and non-believers alike,” says Andrew Pennells, the Bramhall Methodist Church member behind the initiative.


“There will be tasty brunches as well as plenty of food for thought, all served with friendship, love and hope. Children’s activities will be on the menu too.


“Basically, it’s church Colshaw…but not as you know it.”