Fresh Expression of Church – coffee shop in Crosby village
2016 saw the opening of the StoryHouse coffee shop on the 24th December! After receiving the keys for the shop unit in the October, a very dedicated team of volunteers, StoryHouse staff members and tradesmen worked hard to turn the empty shop unit on Liverpool Road into a coffee shop. We have continually been overwhelmed by the generosity of our church family and God’s faithfulness and provision in the development of this project from the incredible community space we have created to the queue out the door on our first day of trading. StoryHouse coffee shop continues to be busy with its popularity increasing over the past couple of months. Our plan for 2017 will be carried out in phases with the first few months focusing on staff and systems, ensuring we have a well-run coffee shop that is financially stable, that staff are trained, competent and happy in their roles as well as building relationships in the community and understanding the needs and interests of people in Crosby. The first stage of mission will begin with a week of prayer in Holy Week where we will seek God’s inspiration and guidance for our next steps. After Easter we hope to introduce a couple of community-based activities on a regular basis with a gospel content and aim to host some form of worshiping community by the end of this year. We are continually challenged to rely on God through prayer and believe prayer will be an essential foundation to every aspect of the work of StoryHouse.