A West Yorkshire Methodist chapel has reopened its doors as a children’s playhouse and café as part of a Fresh Expressions of Church initiative. The Wesley Playhouse Project at Howden Clough began as the dream of local preacher Caroline Holt and a congregation of 13 people. Thanks to grants from various businesses and from Methodist funds, the playhouse will open from 10am to 6pm six days a week. The centre will provide a soft-themed play area for under 12s while their parents enjoy a chat over a cuppa and fair trade food. It takes the theme of Noah’s Ark to convey how God provides a place of safety. Yorkshire District Chair Revd Peter Whittaker said, ‘Wesley Playhouse is an opportunity to reach into the community in a way the community understands.’
Source: Methodist Recorder (25/10)
One thing puzzles me though! Shouldn't the children be in school each day from 10am to 6pm - or most of that time? We will be starting an after-school children's club in one of our Caversham churches but surely it would be wrong to open earlier and tempt childen away from school?
'Let us Play' could be the title of another Fresh Expressions church in Devon called 'Tubestation' which the President of Conference opened recently and has written about on his blog