I just wanted to update you all on the cafe. I feel it's really important that you share in the encouragements, the things that God is doing, and also the struggles.
I've been managing the cafe for 3 years now. One thing I've found is the relationships that form through that kind of consistent contact are really deep. People know when they come here, they will be welcomed, listened to and loved. Our regulars are so comfortable being here, it can feel like a big, wonderful family gathering.
I've had people tell me that for them the cafe is a lifeline. A real refuge where they know they'll be accepted and find the social connections that we all need. We've also had people from the cafe come along to our ladies’ breakfasts as well as our outreach events. The cafe is a safe space for people to explore what this church thing is and what it might mean for their lives.