Durrington church launches café drop-in sessions

Phil Gilbert with Rita Parisa , manager of Durrington's Costa Coffee, W39086P11.
Phil Gilbert with Rita Parisa , manager of Durrington's Costa Coffee, W39086P11.
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A CHURCH is broadening its reach into the wider community with an informal monthly drop-in evening at a Durrington café.

New Life Church, in Durrington, has teamed up with Costa Coffee to hold a monthly get together entitled “Coffee with a Conscience”.

The event has been created for people to come along and seek advice on a range of subjects, with the first topic on Tuesday based on self-esteem.

Phil Gilbert, from the church in Salvington Road, said: “It is one of those things that is such a big issue because so many people suffer from low confidence.”

The evening will include talks by former teacher Denis Mitchell, who helped young people overcome low self-esteem, and church member Mary Gilbert, who suffered from confidence problems.

Phil said the evening was not about “Bible bashing” but about the church working with the community in an attempt to dispel its stereotypical image.

He said: “People have this idea it is a building full of old people singing hymns written by men on a Sunday and then going home and having a roast dinner.

“If it works properly then a church should serve the community, like the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.”

The first evening will take place on Tuesday, with meetings taking place on the second Tuesday of every month.

The event will start at 7.30pm in Costa Coffee at Tesco in New Road, Durrington.