Stainton Cafe Church
Café Church is a joint venture between Penrith Methodist Circuit and St. Andrew’s Church of England, Dacre. It is held in Stainton School’s hall 10-11am on the 2nd Sunday of each month, except during the school summer holidays. As its name suggests, the school hall is set out like a café, with doughnuts, cakes & biscuits on the tables, and drinks served when people arrive - and during the service if required.
The service is very relaxed & is usually on a specified theme. There are playdoh and paper & crayons on the tables to keep the children (and adults!) amused; and there is opportunity throughout to write prayers and put in a post box or stick in a designated area. Children & adults are then invited to read these out near the end. Halfway through the children usually do a small craft activity whilst Phil does a talk or activity for the adults. This attempts to make the service appropriate meaningful for young & old alike. Often the children are also asked to help act out a bible story.
Café Church welcomes all age groups & we really don’t mind if children are noisy or very active - it all adds to the fun! We always need help with action songs! Above all our aim is to offer an encounter with God in a friendly and relaxed setting.