1.45pm A simple time of quiet reflection, thought and prayer which follows on from Freedom Cafe. There’s no “heavy religion” forced on you, just a space, a time for you, and maybe also for God. Here’s how one person experienced it:
At 1.30pm, café leader Mary Casey announces that the catering team is going to join remaining customers for lunch and at 1.45pm there will be something called 3.2.1 for Jesus. I half expected customers to head for the door in droves to avoid the ‘religious bit’ but no one left. In fact two young mums with toddlers arrived and took their seats.
We are each given a candle and a simple A5 service sheet of few words and a clear outline of what to expect. I am struck by how unthreatening the whole thing is. Still wearing her apron, Mary welcomes us and introduces us to 3.2.1. There are then:
Three minutes of music for reflection
Two short readings (one scripture, one contemporary piece)
One thanksgiving prayer.
3.2.1 for Jesus lasts about 15 minutes and is a short time of worship based on the simple Celtic theme of ‘circling’, an authentic sacred experience. We end with the Grace or the Lord’s Prayer, words printed on our worship sheet.
YOU are welcome in this place whether you are a local, a visitor, go to church, unsure of church or just seeking. 3.2.1 for Jesus aims to reflect the ethos of Freedom Cafe: not to push God on others, but to create a simple space where God may be met and enjoyed.