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16th October Cafe Service

Posted on Thursday October 13th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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We just wanted to let you know cafe church is happening this Sunday morning (16th Oct) at St Ives Methodist. The cafe fairies were busy at work yesterday evening and all is ready for a great time together on Sunday!
If you have not been before, cafe is great time together, sat round tables with familiar and new faces, activities to do (this month there is plenty of play dough), time to be still, songs to sing (if you fancy it), thinking about life and life, newspapers to read, tea and coffee flowing until it runs out. It lasts about an hour and plenty of space to chat afterwards.
The drinks, pastries, fruit and newspapers are ready from 10am so join us anytime from then. The service begins at 10.30am but don’t worry if you are running late you are probably not the only one and we know life gets busy.
Take care and be in touch if we can help.

21st Feb cafe church

Posted on Friday February 19th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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21st Feb Cafe ServiceIt’s cafe church this Sunday. We start at 10.30am but the tea and coffee with be flowing from 10am. Come when you can even if you are running late we will still be glad to serve you coffee and pastry!

It will be the usual mix of talking round tables with familiar folks and new face, activities to do together, songs to sing and the Sunday papers.
Our theme this month is Survival- we will test your knowledge of what to do in the wild, building a shelter and lots more.
Hope to see you if you can make it!
Take care,
Matt and the cafe team

17th Jan Cafe!

Posted on Thursday January 14th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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We hope you had a lovely Christmas and a good New Year so far!

Just wanted to let you know that it is cafe church this coming Sunday and we would love to see you if you can make it.

Tea and coffee, pastries and papers will be ready from 10am and we will begin the service sometime around 10.30.

We will be thinking together about finding God in the ordinary times as well as times like Christmas! It will be the usual mix music from the band, chatting round tables, activities together and moments of quiet.

It will be lovely to see you but if you are busy we hope to see you soon,

Matt and the cafe team



Cafe Christingle this Sunday!

Posted on Thursday December 17th, 2015, by Matt | No Comments
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December Cafe Service flier

I am sure you are all mega busy getting ready for Christmas so why not let us make you a cup of coffee this Sunday morning at our cafe service!

The pastries and coffee will be ready from 10am and the papers will be waiting on the tables. The service will start at 10.30am but don’t worry if you are running late come when you can.

Seeing as it nearly Christmas we will be making Christingles- if you are wonder what they then take a look at this picture.

They are a lovely way to help us think about Christmas and remember why its so important.
It would be great to see you if you can make but if you can’t we hope you have a great Christmas or might come along to one of other events. Why not check out here for more info about our Christmas events especially our Christmas Eve Nativity for Children!

cafe church this Sunday

Posted on Thursday November 12th, 2015, by Matt | No Comments
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We just wanted to let you know that it is cafe church this coming Sunday and we would to see you if you can make it.

As usually, the service begins at 10.30am but don’t worry if you are running late won’t be the only one. The coffee will be flowing and pastries on the table from 10am so come as soon as you can.

It will soon be the church’s 200th birthday and it seems like a good idea to think about future and at cafe church we will do just that. So, our theme is all about our vision for who we are as a community at St Ives Methodist Church and who we would like to be. We want to dream dreams and think big about just what we could do as a church! So please bring you ideas, think what it is you love about the church, and what you might like you change! Don’t feel you haven’t got anything to say, actually every person’s views are an insight that we want to hear, whether you have been in the church 200 years or just a few weeks. And, don’t panic it will still be in a cafe style with plenty of talking round tables and activities to do!

And finally, we are putting together a display of the 200 faces of St Ives Methodist from the youngest to the oldest- so if you fancied let us have picture of you which we could put in it we would be really grateful. If it is easier then you could always email us one and we can print it for you.

Hope to see you Sunday but if you can’t make it let us know if we can help.

18th Oct Cafe Service

Posted on Thursday October 15th, 2015, by Matt | No Comments
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We just wanted to let you know that it is cafe church this Sunday morning and we would love to see you if you can make it.
The service starts at 10.30am but tea, coffee, papers and pastries will be ready to go from 10am.
If you have not been before, cafe church is a service but not as you know it, we are sat round tables rather than in straight lines, you are free to take part in everything or just observe from behind the Sunday papers, we have times to be still and listen, times to chat and activities to do together.
This month we are thinking about light as Autumn nights get darker and there will even be the pumpkins on the tables as we consider what is it to be people who live in the light!
Hope to see you if you are not busy elsewhere.

Cafe is back

Posted on Wednesday September 16th, 2015, by Matt | No Comments
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Cafe is back this Sunday after a break in August and we can’t wait.
As normal the service begins at 10.30am but if the tea, coffee, pastries and papers will be ready from 10am. Our time together will be a mix of talking round tables, a few activities, some songs to sing (if you like the idea) and opportunity to reflect on how faith makes sense in our complicated world. Or maybe you just want to drink coffee and read the paper!
It would be great to see you if you can make it no worries if not we know life gets busy!

Cafe Service Lent Challenge

Posted on Tuesday February 17th, 2015, by iain | No Comments
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At our February Cafe Service we were looking at challenging ourselves in Lent, and as a community created our own Lent Challenge

Below is the list of actions/tasks that we came up with – if you want to take up this challenge, there is no specific order to things, so you make an order to suit yourself.

1. Offer to babysit for someone so they can have some time to themselves
2. Spend a few minutes in prayer each morning for those in need
3. Get in touch with someone with whom you have lost touch – letter, phone call, email
4. Invite someone over for dinner/evening meal/lunch/coffee
5. Visit someone who is unwell/in hospital – or send a card/gift
6. Buy a coffee for a stranger in the queue behind you / make coffee/tea for your work colleagues
7. Join a lent group
8. Help a neighbor with putting out their wheelie bin (or taking it back in!)
9. Sort out clothes and /or items and donate them to charity – or donate your time!!
10. Set aside time to read a verse form the Bible every day
11. Do your homework or a chore without complaining
12. Do something to help the environment locally – a 2 minute litter pick up in your street, put out food and water for birds
13. Help an elderly neighbor – pick up some shopping for them, help in teir garden, or just visit for a chat!
14. Send a thank you letter to someone who has helped you
15. Buy or make cakes for work colleagues/team mates/friends (eg Brownies or Scouts)
16. Offer to help a teacher at school with a task, or a work colleague or a friend
17. Give thanks and pray or the free education we have in this country
18. Get to know someone at church/work/school/a club who you have never spoken to before
19. Give up something on a Thursday (Fasting Fursdays) – a game on your phone/Facebook/biscuits/the TV – and spend some time reflecting on what Lent means to you
20. Pay a compliment to someone (a friend or a stranger!)
21. Include some extra items in your weekly shop and donate them to the Food Bank
22. Invite someone along to Café church
23. Make time to listen to others
24. Swap an evening meal for soup one night of the week and consider those less fortunate
25. Go for a walk and consider God’s world around us
26. Leave a thank you note to someone who provides a service to you – the postman, lollipop lady, someone who serves you in a shop regularly…
27. Share a Bible verse with someone
28. Make time to have a proper conversation with someone without any distractions.
29. Swap at least one of your regular weekly shopping items to a fairtrade or ethically sourced variety
30. Thank God for your talents and skills – how can you use them to help others and be generous?
31. Write a letter to someone overseas – a missionary, friends, family member or someone in need (Find out more from Amnesty International or Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
32. Set aside your loose change/pocket money every day/week in Lent and give to a charity or organization
33. Buy some wildflower seeds and sow them in a barren space or in your garden to encourage insects
34. Turn off your electronic stuff – TV, mobile, computer, tablet – and spend time with your family/household playing board games
35. Let it go – when in a queue let the person behind you go in front…
36. Give someone a lift who normally takes the bus to work/a group – even if it’s out of your way
37. Find out what’s happening in your area locally (read the local newspaper) and pray for situations that touch you – you could do this worldwide/nationally too)
38. Find out what needs doing at your church and offer your time or skills to help
39. Give thanks for our free healthcare and pray for those who work in this profession and for those around the world who are not so fortunate
40. Give thanks for others you care for and for those people who you struggle with or find difficult

Cafe Church this Sunday

Posted on Wednesday December 11th, 2013, by Matt | No Comments
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Seeing as we are in Advent and Christmas is coming we will be making christingles this month cafe service to help remember the message of hope Christmas brings. If you don’t know what a christingle is then don’t worry there are probably plenty of other people who don’t know either. But we promise you will find out on Sunday and really enjoy making them out of an orange, a candle, some ribbon and some sweets!

As well as the Christingles there we will be the usual bits of singing some songs, chatting together and thinking about faith. And of course fresh coffee, pastries and papers are ready  from 10am
The service starts itself at 10.30 and we look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

Café Church Takeaway #3: Holidays and Rest

Posted on Wednesday April 11th, 2012, by Yasmin | 2 Comments
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We’ve had a few sunny days and we’re all starting to dig out the sun hats and slap on the factor 30! Here’s a Café Service to think about holidays and rest.








Café Church Takeaway is a resource for Churches or groups who would like to have a go at running a Café service.