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Fairtrading, big hearted, pop-up Xmas cafe in Ringwood
Feel like Christmas has lost its soul? If your Christmas experience more of a shop-fest than a spiritual opportunity, the Advent Cafe in Ringwood could be just your cup of tea.
In the lead up to Christmas the folks at Ringwood Uniting Church have transformed their previously unremarkable foyer into a pop-up cafe, and you're invited to drop in and see what's on offer.
The Coffee Home grown baristas will brew your coffee, chai or hot chocolate on the La Cimbali coffee machine, with a choice of lounge chairs, bean bags or firm chairs and tables for seating. In a nod to this church's active and ongoing relationship with the East Timorese church, the certified fairtrade coffee beans have been sourced from Wild Timor Coffee, a Melbourne company.
While the quality of the coffee may be important, the cafe element is only part of what's on offer here. Throughout the evening, in another space, you can engage in a short (10 minute) experience designed to get you thinking about the season of Advent (thats the month leading up to Christmas Day).
Organisers "warn" that input sessions may include engaging visual stimuli, music, sensory sensations, new thinking, life-changing perspectives, theological insights, laughter, opportunity to reflect, & surprises.
Unearthed by Triple J, Hip hop artist Dylan Joel is one of the presenters
Each week will see a new presenter and style:
November 26th Sensory Advent Experience - What does Advent sound like, smell like, taste like? Be prepared for time out from the hustle-bustle world in this sensory feast.
Rev. Peter Rivett, Community Development Worker at Ringwood Uniting Church.
Sessions of approximately 10 minutes begin at 7.00pm, 7.30pm, 8.00pm, 8.30pm, & 9.00pm. Times may be modified to accommodate demand. Late entry is not possible.
Minimising their Carbon Footprint Before or after your session, barista-brewed beverages, cool drinks, sweet or healthy treats will be on offer (last orders 9.30pm). Entry to this cafe is free, but your donation for food and drinks are relied upon to help cover costs. In the interests of carbon minimisation, Advent Cafe organisers have attempted, wherever possible, to provide from a 100km radius.
From the cafe windows you can watch the sun go down on another day
There is talk that if this pop-up cafe thrives it may continue into 2015, using your donations to fund training courses and work experience opportunities for asylum seekers, homeless and at risk young adults.
This unique pop up cafe opportunity won't last long, and its only on four Tuesday evenings starting on Tuesday 26th November from 7-10pm.
Situated right over the road from Ringwood Railway station and bus terminus, the venue is easy to access, with car parks on the east and west sides of the complex. Enter through large glass doors on Station Street. Enquires to 9870 6033 (church office).