St Michael's Church, Framlingham, nourish their local community through the Toast Rack Project.
The Toast Rack Project begun shortly after Christmas, and runs every fortnight from 10.00am - 12.00pm and has been consistently popular. Run by volunteers, the project provides a hospitable environment for anyone to come along and enjoy coffee and toast along with a chat. The grant given allowed the church to purchase coffee machines and a toaster to ease the process as the project seeks to grow!
Two new members have joined the church as a result of the project, and the project is seen as a welcoming entry point into church as it is located in the church building and run by church people, often with a visible clergy presence.
Starting the project after COVID felt like a challenge, but the church soon saw the people who attended were very grateful for the opportunity for coffee and toast (plus hot cross buns near Easter!) and a relaxed place to meet and feel unhurried.
There have been non church-goers attending and reaching out to ask for prayers, which is a wonderful example of the impact of the project.
The project is set to deepen community engagement and deepen the church as a community by having another opportunity for service.