The Coffee Shop is now Open
A brief history of the Coffee Shop
For a period of over 10 years, the church provided a Tea Room in Court House Antiques and the Tea Room became well known for its fresh tea, coffee and some marvellous homemade cakes.
Staffed by volunteers from both the church and the community it was a way of reaching out into the community of Ecclesfield, as well as to visitors from other places. It helped to raise funds to pay for the mission and outreach of the church and also helped fund maintenance of and improvements to the church building.
Sadly Court House Antiques closed in 2006 and with it the Tea Room, the tradition however still continues with tea, coffee and cakes being served in the 'Coffee Shop' in the church on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
Saturday Coffee Mornings are also run on several occasions throughout the year; these coffee mornings are used as fund raising events to support a range of charities and various Open Day activities.
We now have a: wheelchair, pram and push chair friendly level access at
the Great West Door
Left - David Banham shows groups of people from The Universities of the Third Age round St. Mary's, pointing out some of the more interesting features of the Church's fabric and its history.
Below - "Another welcome visit of U3A to St Mary's Church - Ecclesfield , this time exploring the Churchyard before sampling the Church teashop's cakes and coffee"
The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK.
U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.