A WEEKLY community cafe event run by the island’s Seventh Day Adventist Church branch has been proving popular in Ramsey.
It has been running every Saturday at Close Woirrey Hall since the start of the year, and aims to provide an outlet for members of the community to socialise.
Tea and coffee is served for free at the 10.30am to 12.30pm events.
‘The number of people coming along is increasing every Saturday, it’s a great response,’ said Pastor Noel Apugan, who explained that word of mouth, signs and leaflets have helped spread the word.
‘There are people there to chat to, it’s about making ourselves available to people in the community.’
The idea was to set up a social club during what can often be a lonely time of year.
‘We believe it’s the role of the church to be integrated. If there are people who need friends, maybe we can be of help to them,’ said Pastor Apugan.
‘As a church, we offer services like child dedications, house blessings, home visits, or just offer comfort and support. We also have a group of young people who have been around the nursing homes to sing, to uplift the people there and give them encouragement.’