The Octagon is a community centre situated in the Brook Farm Community of St Andrew’s parish, and is an area that All Saints and St Andrew’s have been actively involved in for many years.
Coffee Shop on Thursday mornings at the Octagon was established 17 years ago by volunteers from All Saints and St Andrew’s churches as a community cafe for and outreach to the Brook Farm Community. The Cafe provides a warm welcome, acceptance, inclusion and hospitality to a community of over 30 members and drop-in visitors from the local community and beyond. While providing a low cost and nutritious lunch is the main function of the cafe, it is underpinned by a serving team committed to building relationships and developing opportunities for building faith.
Our Coffee Shop mission statement “Growing in love for God, each other, our community and the world” shapes our aim, values and ethos. So each cafe session always starts with coming together for a Bible reflection and prayers for the cafe and this has become embedded in the culture of Coffee Shop. There is also a culture of prayer through the prayer station on the pool table and opportunities for prayer and reflection following national events e.g. Thy Kingdom Come initiative and tragedies e.g. terrorist attack in Manchester.
Celebrations for example Christmas, St Valentine’s Day, Easter, Harvest and a service of remembrance for loved ones who have died are an important highlight in the life of Coffee Shop providing an opportunity to decorate the Octagon, have special food and a short service including hymns, Bible readings, prayers and a reflection.
Coffee Shop also has a community group which meets on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month at the Octagon for a simple Agape meal, sharing life and faith together.
Coffee Shop is an exciting place to be and a church with a difference in a cafe. We are humbled to be part of God’s mission and amazed at the things that are happening there. If you would like to find out more, pop into Coffee Shop at the Octagon from 10am-1pm every Thursday.