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New coffee shop project for Yarmouth church

Chatterteria22010: Chatterteria, a new outreach project run by a Yarmouth church opened its doors to the public last month.

The new coffee shop and Christian contact centre is run by Park Baptist Church in Great Yarmouth.

Weekly activities take place at the premises on 86 Middle Market Road, Great Yarmouth include a scrabble club, contact centre, Portugese groups, a base for processing gifts for the Smile Shoebox Appeal as well a place to drop in for a cup of coffee and a chat.

When Park Baptist Church first began using the premises in 2008 they were in a poor state of repair with the need for a new kitchen and toilets. That Autumn the initiative was accepted as a pilot a Baptist group in Ipswich who were looking to undertake building works for churches. So for several days over the next months, friends from Ipswich worked alongside Park’s members on the necessary renovations. It was a time of truly wonderful fellowship alongside the hard work!

During this time, they discovered an unused staircase and gained permission for this to be removed thus greatly increasing the available space for the new project – although also adding to the costs and timespan of renovation which was not finally completed until mid-2010.

Chatterteria1Despite the use of much voluntary labour the building works cost around £8,000 that was funded by the church with the support of a grant from The Harvest Charitable Trust – an independent charitable trust based in Norfolk - whilst the Baptist Union approved a £2,500 grant towards equipping costs.

The church is excited about the opportunities ahead for Chatterteria and the ability to offer a welcome to the local community close to the town centre. Initial reaction from visitors has already been very positive about the atmosphere of the facility – a reflection of both the commitment that went into the physical project and the level of prayer that has surrounded all aspects of the development.

Judith Edmonds from Network Yarmouth who attended the launch on 15th September said, "As I walked into Chatterteria this morning, the aroma of delicious smelling coffee was most inviting, as was the welcome received from the volunteers staffing the centre."


Pictured above: the launch of Chatterteria and below: during the building work


Article courtesy of http://www.networkyarmouth.co.uk

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