Work to re-open this community café, where everyone is welcome and the Gospel can be shared, is well under way. It’s hoped that by the end of October once again the door will be open for people to drop in for a coffee and a chat.
The enforced closure over the past six months has been keenly felt. But it has provided a period of reflection for the Trustees to prayerfully consider how best to move forward in this changed environment. Sadly, it has been recognised that the ‘bookshop’ corner no longer fulfils the need it once did – overtaken by the practice of buying online – and is no longer financially viable. This was not an easy conclusion to reach, as the bookshop has been a wonderful ministry over decades. And it will be missed, not least by those who prefer to buy from a local bookshop.
But its loss means the café will have additional space to use in a new way. For some time Revive Trustees have been seeking a town centre location for Newport Youth Café. They have now decided it makes both practical and financial sense to bring the community café and the Youth Café together under the same roof. This will involve careful planning to ensure a safe, Covid-compliant environment, where consideration and respect are shown to all, clientele, volunteers and staff.
At this time, when we are all facing some dramatic changes, it’s good to remember that God’s love remains unchanged. And as one chapter ends, another chapter begins…