St Ann’s Community Café Offers New Ways to Engage With Church

By Lynn Glanville

St Ann's Cafe

A city centre church is opening its doors to one and all and inviting them in for coffee. St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street, Dublin, has opened a community café in which they will offer free tea and coffee and a friendly face every Thursday from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm.

The church (which is open every weekday) is also offering visitors to its café the opportunity to listen to some wonderful music with free lunchtime recitals each Thursday in March at 1.20 pm, after the daily Eucharist which begins at 12.45 pm.

The Vicar of St Ann’s, Canon David Gillespie, hopes that the new initiative will introduce people to a different side of church. “The café allows people to engage with church in a different way and shows a different side of church,” he explains. “People can come here on a Thursday and leave with a different impression – it’s not just about a service, prayer and hymns.”

The café is staffed by a team of volunteers from the parish and refreshments are free although anyone can leave a donation if they wish to do so. With the café, Eucharist and recitals, David adds: “We are feeding people physically, …read more

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