What an achievement!!
The Drop-in Centre opened in May 2013, with the aim of providing a regular meeting place for anyone to come into our church Welcome Lounge for free refreshments and fellowship given by members of our church.
Meeting every Friday morning, from 10-11.30a.m, we have a six week rota of roughly 24 of our members, who provide their own baking, or purchase cakes and prepare drinks as necessary. There is no charge, although a plate is there if anyone wishes to donate. All donations received go to local charities.
At first we did not have many visitors, just a few of our own members, but gradually the Drop-in has grown and now is usually very busy. A lot of our own members enjoy conversations when there is no restriction on their time. We have made lots of friends. Lonely people now welcome the chance to talk while they are eating the delicious food provided. We have a regular table of men sharing local gossip and solving national andAs well as providing refreshments we also provide a book stall and home-made jam is available.
Whilst we haven’t gained many members in our church congregation from the Drop-in, we hope that it provides the love of Jesus and hands of friendship to those outside our immediate fellowship, giving comfort, companionship and sustenance. As an unexpected result of the creation of the Drop-in, we have been able to give nearly £3,000 so far to local charities.
We can only thank everyone involved, who has helped create this outreach at Haworth Road Methodist Church, and pray that the Lord keeps on working with us to bring people into our church for a long time to come. If you are passing, please come in and see us in action. You will be made very welcome!
Sandra F, Haworth Road