Caffeine for the Soul: you are invited to the launch of the Host Café on Tuesday 27 November at 1pm
We are excited to announce the grand opening of the Host cafe next Tuesday lunchtime and would love you to come and join us from 12.30 onwards when wine and snacks will be served. The official ceremony begins at 1 pm with David Meara, the Archdeacon of London. The TV Presenter of BBC Two’s ‘Around the World in 80 Faiths’ and Church of England Priest Peter Owen Jones will be giving a short talk on ‘how do we understand the needs of the soul today? There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to Peter and the Host team at 1.30.
Host is a new venture of the Moot Community, a fresh expression of the Church of England, based at St Mary Aldermary in the Diocese of London. The café is the realisation of a long-held dream to enable those outside the church to build trust in it again and those inside, to grow in the virtues of faith, hope and love, through the practice of hospitality and generosity. Not only are we looking to serve excellent Union hand roasted coffee, loose-leaf teas, fresh pastries and delicious cakes in our tastefully designed cafe but we also seek to give a warm and friendly welcome to everyone who comes into the church. We built the café because we want people to feel comfortable and at home in the beautiful and relaxing space that the church offers, as we seek to restore the church building to its true vocation as a welcoming hub for the local community, a public space where friendships and connections can be developed. Since we started running the café in September we have experienced the increase in the life and warmth that people bring to a building.
Alongside this we also want to offer the church as a ‘sacred space’, where there is permission and encouragement to give attention to what is often neglected – the deeper dimensions of life, the self and wellbeing that include the spiritual, without feeling under pressure to conform to perceived ideas of what it means to be religious and ‘go to church’. As part of our weekly rhythm of worship and prayer at St Mary Aldermary we are building a programme of arts, meditation, yoga and discussion groups to enable those who live and work in the City to access points of stillness and reflection, where it becomes easier to listen to the needs of the soul and where the Spirit of God might be seeking to meet us in our daily lives.
If you are free next Tuesday lunchtime we would love you to come and join, wine and nibbles will be available from 12.30pm.
Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone you think might be interested.
A PDF version of our press release is available here.
For a map of how to find us please click here.