It is as well that our Cafe Church is near Tesco’s, as there were three times our usual numbers on the first Sunday in August, and we sent a runner for more supplies!!! – after an hour’s chat and eats, Vivienne Wiggins of Beacon House in Colchester was sharing some her journey with us.
Beacon House, an old Edwardian building on five stories was no longer fit for purpose so she was on the lookout for new premises. From the beginning the well known Psalm 23 was on her heart especially the last verse where it says ‘surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life’. First thoughts were adapting a small building in Colchester barracks but after difficulties with planning permission and objections from the neighbours, Kesed Church drew her attention to the vacant ground floor of their building in Crouch Street. Originally the landlord offered the premises to Vivienne to manage a housing project for the homeless, but following discussion they felt this would be the perfect place to relocate Beacon House II. God’s hand was in all the negotiations including planning permission, building works and all provision for the project.
People now going to Beacon House are greeted by a wide open space with opportunities for the homeless to shower, eat, receive help and advice and companionship. God gave Vivienne the vision, inspiration, courage and provision; she listened and obeyed even through it all seemed an impossible dream. And that isn’t even the end of the story – the old building on East Hill is to be converted to provide those much needed flats for the homeless. God truly is a wonderful provider for the most vulnerable and needy in society.
Next Cafe Church is on Sunday 2nd September from 10.30 to 12.00 noon- all are welcome to come and join us for interesting conversation over croissants, toast, tea, coffee and a finish with a short talk. For further details please contact 01621 817820.