Thames Street Living Room
We're open! Thames Street Living Room now opens every Monday from 9am to 5.30pm (4pm in school holidays)
The last 2 hours are intended for young people and families to pop in after school to relax or get some homework done - more info on the youth and families session here
Thames Street Living Room is a cafe style area in the school hall where you can make yourself at home. There's tea, coffee and cake throughout the day, and free wifi. You can read a newspaper, play a board game, bring your laptop and do some work, or have a chat with friends. The entrance is via the side door (to the right of the main entrance - it will be signposted each Monday).
The reason we have called it 'The Thames Street Living Room' is because we hope people from the community of Wallingford will feel that they can come and stay a while. The aim is that it will be a place where all kinds of groups and individuals will feel 'at home' in good company. If you know someone who might be feeling a bit isolated at home for any reason we would particularly encourage you to bring them along.
Every Monday varies with a different mix of people and activities. Parents and toddlers pop in for coffee and play. There is always tea, coffee and cake - help yourself and just pay what you can. Also available are activities which you may find in any living room, such as board games, jigsaws, knitting, as well as toys and books for young children. There is lots of space and sometimes when older children are around we get out the table tennis and table football etc in the main church room.
There is free Wi-Fi and we will soon have the use of a laptop which can be used in the Living Room by anyone who may not have a computer or internet access at home.
Some weeks there is a craft activity laid on, and on the first Monday of each month there is a tool cleaning session for the charity Tools with a Mission.
Most lunch times there is soup-making after which we have a shared lunch at around 12.45.
We have been running a post Alpha group on Mondays, as well as a CAP budgeting course, and we offer the opportunity for a simple Bible study each week. The prayer room is also open if anyone wants to have some quiet time or would like someone to pray with them.
We hope that many of you will pop in and have a cup of tea with us whilst you are out shopping, and bring your friends too!
Mustard Seeds is a new group that runs 10:30-11am on normally the second Monday of each month at the Living Room. Little ones and their carers are welcomed to come and join in with a Bible story and some children's songs in the adjacent room during the morning. Upcoming dates are: Jan 14th, Feb 11th, March 11th, April 29th (as the 2nd Monday falls in the holidays), May 13th, June 10th and July 8th).
Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
More information about Mustard Seeds from Hilary or Esther.
Things you can do to get involved:
pray about who you may bring along
sign up on the cake rota
share a skill which you have by providing an activity for others to join (this can be a one-off)
help with setting up on a Sunday night after the service or Monday morning between 8.15 and 9am.
If you have any questions about what we are doing at the Living Room, or you would like to be involved in any way, please see Tricia, Esther or Wendy, or email the team.