A new coffee bar is
opening tomorrow as part of a church’s plan to improve its
community facilities and encourage greater use of its building.
Wellspring will be open
for three mornings a week at Earlsdon Methodist Church following
a transformation of the building.
A new lobby area that
will also double as the coffee bar is part of the new front of
the church that has been built after volunteers raised and
Windows have been built
in the doors to allow more daylight in and to give people a
chance to see the activities in the church.
The coffee bar will be
open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 9.30am to 2pm.
Community groups in the
area are being encouraged to use the area on the other days of
the week, and traders and businesses are being asked to support
the next phase of the transformation.
Chairman of the
fundraising committee Victor Keen said:
”We are absolutely
thrilled with what has been achieved. I don’t think any of
us could visualise exactly how it was going to look.
“We hope now the
Earlsdon community will feel happy about using it and will
feel that it’s a facility that they can use quite happily
without being over-burdened by it being a church.”
A balcony has been built
inside the church, and the pews replaced with moveable seats to
try and broaden the range of uses of the building.
And the next phase will
involve constructing several rooms that could be used for
meetings of counselling sessions by local groups.
Mr Keen said:
“We’ve still got a
lot to pay off for this stage, but the members are so
impressed with it they are giving us more money.
”Someone has very
kindly offered to pay for the planning application for the
next stage so it is possible that we might be able to get it
Anyone who wants to make
a donation to the next phase can write to Mr Keen at the church,
in Albany Road, Earlsdon.