New innovative churches are springing up in coffee shops and community centers throughout Great Britain, drawing people in who have never entered a church. UK’s largest and fastest growing coffee shop chain, Gloria Jean’s and Costa Coffee have opened their doors to Christian organizations, such as the “Café-church Network,” offering a casual space for fellowship and faith-based conversation.
Foursquare Pastor Hope Yoloye and the Living Way Foursquare Church in London recently launched their Café-Church in a community center in Hertfordshire, England. In conjunction with Harvest Elim Foursquare, vibrant music, food and fellowship engage neighbors each week into topics of interest such as health and finances, parenting or latest emerging issues. Monthly, popular practitioners from the medical or legal fields, sports or media, share personal chats on career, family and faith, helping individuals find moral solutions and God.
With a drop in church attendance, and exponential growth of Islam, Foursquare Pastor Hope believes their new Foursquare church-planting venture is helping engage a “Road to Emmaus” experience that is helping foster deep relationships in Christ and lasting community.
Foursquare National Leader Surekha Hulugalle believes this new Café-Church launch is a “great prototype for the church planting initiative currently underway in Foursquare Great Britain.”
Along with weekly Bible studies, parenting classes, prayer support and counseling, this Grant Funded project is also helping to provide Gospel themed outreaches for children and families.
New home groups are anticipated to be launched in the cities of Chesterfield, Rippon,and Middlesex.
For details on the Australia based Café Church Network visit their website at www.cafechurch.net