I met with Cid Latty on Monday. Cid is currently Minister of Christchurch, a Baptist church in Welwyn Garden City, but not for much longer. During his time there he has initiated cafe church in association with Costa Coffee, and this has developed to such an extent that he feels God's call to stand down from pastoral ministry to concentrate on this exciting and innovative project.
Cid is a man with huge energy and vision, and it was a pleasure hearing him talk about cafe church. The vision is a big one, 'One day we will see a cafechurch on every high street in every town, village and city.' And the network which Cid is directing exists to resource and support churches across the UK to run a cafechurch in their community. He says, 'We provide a ready-made opportunity for churches to bring communitites into the relaxed high-street cafe atmosphere to deal with issues from a faith perspective.'
So far there is a strong link with Costa Coffee who are very keen to host communities and see this style of cafe church as an ideal way to do this. But discussions are beginning with Starbucks. To read more about the concept go to cafechurch network.
One phrase Cid used that I found particuarly appealing was from Stuart Murray, who says that by connecting and engaging with the community where the community already meets, the church is creatively 'missional to incarnate the gospel winsomely.' I liked that.