Seems like I deliver a lot of bad news in this space about declining church attendance and changing faith views.
Today, I come with a little good news from Friendship Community Church in Dover. The church, led by the Rev. Dennis Hall, is expanding a bit and adding a Lifetree Cafe ministry.
On its website, leaders describe the program:
Simply put, it’s a “conversation café”-a place and time for people to gather weekly to experience stories and talk about thought-provoking topics relating to life and faith.
Zion United Methodist Church in York has a Lifetree Cafe program on Tuesday evenings. Friendship will kick off the program Sept. 12 and 14, and it will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays.
“It is a time that non Friendship Community people can come and talk about some interesting subjects, without judgement,” Hall said via email.
Friendship added a cafe home for the Lifetree program, spending around $3,000 for new tables, chairs, partitions screens, artwork, and more “to create a more pub like, inviting area,” Hall said.
The church, at 3380 Fox Run Road, averages about 260 people for three Sunday services, Hall said. The Lifetree program welcomes all who want a lively discussion of matters of life, he added.
“I believe that the Kingdom of God is the kingdom of right relationships,” Hall said. “People need an encouraging and safe place to share from the heart serious and not so serious issues of the day. People need to know that some one is listening to them. And why can’t Christians be those ears who, and form relationships with not yet believers. Just maybe they will find Jesus and a church home.”