A new youth café has launched at All Saints’ Church in Ewell every Tuesday, boosted by a grant from the Diocese of Guildford’ Growth Fund.
Sue Cooke, the vicar of West Ewell said,
“We have been called to open up our hall, provide the facility and sew seeds. On the opening day we prayed for just one young person to come along. In the end five young people came and the seeds for a growing new community have been sewn.”
The youth café was developed to provide a safe area for young people to come and meet with their friends. The church team identified that there were no youth centres in the local area and young people told them they had been moved on from commercial coffee shops as soon as they finished their drinks.
“It seems that people didn’t want to have large groups of young people hanging around. As a church team, we talked, prayed and planned and agreed that we needed to provide a low cost and accessible regular activity, run by a consistent team, to build up good relationships.”
The café’s format is simple – they offer drinks and toast, a wireless speaker for music, tables, chairs and even beanbags. Hot drinks and smoothies are cheap and water and squash are free, so there is never any pressure to buy something or to move on quickly.
If the café proves popular, Sue and her team plan to extend the opening hours to include Thursdays too.