A new “Tea and Toast” church service launched in Weston-super-Mare on Easter Sunday. Around 44 people from the local community came to the new “church plant” initiative.
Based within a new housing development called Haywood Village, organisers hope the monthly service will help to act as a catalyst for bringing people together in the young community.
Community Pastor, Fiona Mayne, is behind the idea and led the service on Easter Sunday. She says: “The Tea and Toast service is a way of sharing the love of God in an informal way, similar to messy church. My hope is that people will use it as an opportunity to meet and form new friendships, helping to establish this new housing estate as a community.”
The free event took place at Haywood Village Academy with live music performed during the service. Children were also told the Easter story before taking part in an egg hunt in the school and trying their hand at some Easter-themed crafts.
Fiona has been supported in her community work by a network of six local churches including Locking Castle Church, New Creation Church (Banwell and Congresbury), Woodspring Church, Locking Village Church, and Milton Methodist Church who are working together across Weston as the new housing developments grow.
Fiona came to her Christian faith at the age of 40 and says her life has been “transformed” since that time. You can read about her personal journey to faith here.