The Story Behind...
... the Honeycomb Community Café
We are so delighted that our new community café will be opening on Tuesday mornings. Please read below an explanation from its founder and manager about what brought us to this point…
"Not so long
after Sue arrived at All Saints, as she was getting to know us all, we were
asked to fill in a form and say if there were any existing areas or future
plans that we felt we would like to get involved with or maybe felt we had some
gift/talent/skill that we could offer. After considerable deliberation,
procrastination and hesitation, I offered my services to a café idea, thinking
I was on to a safe bet, after all, the Webber Hall had no running water, let
alone a toilet or a sink – perfect. How wrong could I be?!
Now here we are, 18 months later, on the brink of a somewhat daunting but hugely exciting venture and I am having to eat my words. I truly believe the chance to offer our community a place to come and relax with a cuppa is a wonderful opportunity to further walk in Love and Obedience and what better way to do it, than with cake!
Being a wife and mum, with four children – all with hearty appetites, including a son with permanently hollow legs, I have always enjoyed baking for them and having to follow a recipe is obviously essential to achieving a tasty end result. Consequently, I am sincerely hoping that the following recipe is going to be key to us forming a happy and successful community café and will also go some way to explaining to you all how we have come to this point. So here’s my recipe –
- Take a
visionary vicar who loves a cup of tea
- Add a keen
home-baker who makes great buttercream
Combine these two together with
- A brand new
- Add a
handful of willing helpers
- A good
measure of a creative daughter
- Mixed with a
phenomenal trip to Ikea to purchase lots of lovely items
- Include a
large dose of discussion and planning with a sprinkle of great ideas
- And most importantly,
place God in the mix, blending together everything we do.
The last thing we had to come up with was a name for our café and this actually proved quite a difficult task. Finding something catchy and appropriate was really difficult and in fact, despite mulling over lots of ideas, neither Sue nor I really felt happy or confident with any of our suggestions and we were really at rather a loss. It wasn’t until we were on the way back from our Ikea trip, chatting about it, waiting at traffic lights, when I said to Sue, there has got to be a verse in the Bible to help us that suddenly inspiration came our way in the form of a verse Sue found from Proverbs.
Proverbs: Ch16 vs 24 says
‘Gracious words are a honeycomb- sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
I am sure that you are all well-aware of what gracious means, but if you look it up, the definitions are:
"calm, courteous, kind, compassionate, tender- hearted, sympathetic, pleasant and polite", indeed all the qualities that we hope that we can share with our community when they come to the café and our gracious words are a honeycomb so what better name could we have, than ‘The Honeycomb Community Café’, hoping and trusting that we will provide a comfort and blessing to all we welcome through the door.
So, we open on Tuesday the 17th April, from 9-12.30. Please support us in this brand new venture. We would definitely value your prayers and, of course, come to the café and spread the Word, although maybe not all of you at 9am on the first morning!"