We love being part of our community! From Teeny Tots to Craft Groups, from ‘The Table’ (our community meal) to Living Room Night Shelter, we are looking to make a difference (in a good way) within our community, always looking for new opportunities to become more involved with the people around us.
Why do you do this?
“Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” – James 1:27 (Message)
What sort of things do you do?
Teeny Tots, a parent and toddler group, has been part of Kingsgate for a number of years now. If you have been along recently, however, you will have spotted a new addition; Tots’ Treasures, our ‘pop-up’ affordable pre-loved clothes shop, pops up every time Teeny Tots is on. Tots’ Treasures also works with ‘Baby Basics’ to support local new mums in need.
Our Coffee Shop does not only offer a friendly and welcoming space to meet and enjoy affordable snacks, drinks and meals throughout the day Monday to Friday, it also provides the venue for a number of great community activities. These include:
‘The Table’. This happens on a Thursday, 12-2pm, and is a freshly cooked two course meal to enjoy with other people from the community (for just £4.00 per head).
Puzzle Group. If you enjoy jigsaw puzzles and would like a bit of company, this group is for you! It happens on Wednesday, 2-4pm at the Kings Centre
Craft Group. Rather like the puzzle group, but for people who like to be a bit crafty! Come and join us on Friday, 10-1pm at the Kings Centre
Crafters. Another opportunity to get crafty, this happens every Thursday evening on alternative months (January, March, May, July, September and November). Quite a few interesting materials are available at this one, so there is a small charge of £1.00.
In the kitchen, our Coffee Shop staff enjoy working with local organisations to offer work experience opportunities, and Richard has recently been involved in providing food preparations experiences for children.
Over the winter months (December to March), on a Friday night, we are working with The Living Room, a local charity, to provide food and shelter for homeless people within the community.
Is there anything else in the pipeline?
We are excited to be looking at providing low cost family lunches and helping to relieve holiday hunger for primary school children in our community over the next few months. More information will follow as these ideas take shape.
Can I get involved?