Cafe Church takes place on the third Sunday of every other month (alternating with Free to Be). It has been running for about 3 years and we are delighted to be able to welcome a variety of guest speakers - some "home grown" or local and others from further afield - often highly respected theologians and preachers covering a variety of topics.  We have had Bishop John Pritchard, Rev David Day, Janet Henderson, Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley, Rev David Wilkinson, Baroness Angela Harris, Alexe Finlay, Wendy Pritchard and many many others.

We start at 4pm with Bishop John leading us in prayer, then our guest may lead a discussion or speak or be interviewed for approximately 45 mins.  Some afternoons are more interactive than others but sitting round tables the setting is informal and there is no obligation to do any other than listen and think.  We close with Compline.  All accompanied with cake and coffee.

The diary for this year is

Sunday 16th February at 4pm Revd Alan Bartlett whose recent book is entitled ‘Vicar – Celebrating the Renewal of Parish Ministry’.
He is an engaging speaker with wide experience of parish life. Come and hear more about how and where we fit in to ‘Every Member Ministry’.
Afterwards, all are welcome to Q&As with the Parish Development Team on how this might shape our future at St Mary’s.

Sunday 19th April at 4.30pm (please note amended time) - Our guest will be the Very Revd Geoff Miller Dean of Newcastle Cathedral.

Sunday 21st June at 4pm  - Our guest will be Chris Denton St Mary's Church Musical Director

Sunday 16th August at 4pm - Our guest will be Freda Dykes in conversation with Bishop John Pritchard - Freda is one of our longest serving members of St Mary's Church.

Sunday 18th August at 4pm - Our speaker will be Mr Keith Miller.