With the aid of a Mission Initiative Grant Rockingham Road Baptist Church in Kettering recently opened the doors of a new community café – and the local mayor was present to give it a sense of occasion.
Their minister, Laura Staves (top picture left), comments upon this new initiative for the church:
“We had been seeking God on how to reach out to the community around the church. After prayer and discussion the first step that seemed right and caught people’s imagination was to set up a community café running one day a week in term time. At the same time as we were planning this, the leader of ‘Accommodation Concern’, a local charity helping the homeless and those with housing needs, came and spoke about their work at a morning service. She spoke of the need for another place for a drop in. The community café provided that opportunity and as a result two of their volunteers have been coming every week to join the team running the café. Our aim is to provide a welcoming environment for those in our community, whether they are lonely or have just dropped children off at the local school or pre-school, or just want a good cup of coffee.
It has started slowly but well and has proved a good platform for building links with those around. We are having a break over the summer and take time to review how things are going. All those involved are enjoying the experience and keen to see where God leads us through ‘The Ark’.”