Members of Light of Life Baptist Church in Ormesby St Margaret set up tables outside their Chapel and gave out free drinks, cakes and goody bags to Halloween ‘trick or treaters’.
“We carved hearts into pumpkins and lit up the front of the Chapel”, said church member Jenny Nicholson. “Some people feel uneasy about Halloween but we felt it was an opportunity to shine the light and love of Jesus into our community. Nearly 200 people, mostly families, stopped to chat and share the refreshments”.
Last year, the church members redeveloped the chapel building into a community café, called The Chapel Coffee House. They had outgrown the building as far as Sunday services were concerned and now meet, each Sunday, at All Saints Parish Hall in Scratby.
“We were already running a Tuesday lunch-club in the Chapel but researched how else we could best use the Chapel building. Feedback from the community told us the village needed a café where people could meet in a friendly and welcoming place and enjoy quality food and drink. We opened The Chapel Coffee House in September 2015 and it has proved very popular with locals and visitors alike.”
The café is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30-14.00, and Saturdays from 10.00-13.00. The church employs two part-time members of staff who are supported by a team of volunteers from the church and community. Fair Trade and locally sourced products are used wherever possible. Please see the website for more information, www.chapelcoffeehouse.org.uk, or find us on Facebook or TripAdvisor.