The Community Cafe at St. Columba’s is in its 6th year with all the profits going to various charities. It was started in 2015 when, after the Healing Mass with a Strawberry Tea, it was realised that there was a need for a social gathering to enable parishioners and others to meet on a regular basis in an effort to combat loneliness and generally raise awareness of our own parish needs. So we initiated a coffee morning every month until Sept, 2018.
We then opened for lunches after taking a survey to see if our parishioners thought it would be a good idea. We decided that every week would be good to get a regular date in the diary. We had a rota of ladies and gentlemen to help serve teas, coffees and cakes in the morning and then later, light lunches with home made soups, toasties, pastas, curries, cottage pie, lasagne and jacket potatoes.
We welcome the wider community, not just parishioners, so the Cafe is publicised in GP surgeries, libraries, community centres, magazines and mail shots. It has proved to be very popular and whilst not attracting a massive number, we do have a varied selection of clients coming from the different churches in Selsdon who now bring along their friends. We also serve a Christmas meal for £10 to 35+ visitors which was is always well received.
We are always looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen or donating tasty cakes. There is a rota and volunteers work either the whole 3 hours or share the duties. Gill Tomei holds the information, so get in touch with her if you are interested. Her contact details are shown under the Parish Directory on this website.
The Cafe has been able to support: HCPT, Mary’s Meals, Mayday Hospital Chaplaincy, CRISIS at Christmas, the SVP, the Uniform Groups in the Parish, Honeypot Children’s Charity and the LilyPad Appeal at Croydon University Hospital and many others.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.