"He put a new song in our hearts" Psalm 40:3
The Church exists to increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love - Methodist Our Calling Priority
New Song Café
New Song Café began in 2009. The idea was simply to meet for 6 months prior to moving into a coffee shop. Using music as a core the proposal was to meet at Bold Street Coffee shop on the fourth Sunday night of the month at 7pm. That first month in January 2009 65 people turned up and the gathering moved in to the hall at Bold Street. 7pm on a Sunday night is not the ideal time to meet for those who work or have young families and meeting in the town centre for some (we were told) wasn't great. Yet people came and still do.
Those attending Café come from a variety of places and churches - it is truly ecumencial. Some come for a top up to their exisiting church attendance, others attend because New Song Café has become their church and in June we became an official church "New Song Network Church". Others come to learn new songs to take back to their home churches and others to explore how they too can set up New Song Café in their home environment. Nearly all come because the cake is absolutely delicious!
The evening usually follows this pattern:
Tea, coffee and cake are served upon arrival. The first half starts with 5 songs then a break for more coffee and cake then 5 more songs. Of these 10 songs 1 or 2 will be new songs. Interspersed is video, drama, prayer and a thought for the day. Communion and prayers for healing have all been part of the New Song Café worshipping menu. Refreshments are served from 6.30pm, worship begins at 7pm and finishes at approx 9pm.
Top 12 songs for 2012 - 13 can be found here
Top 12 songs for 2013 - 14 can be found here
Top 12 songs for 2014 - 15 can be found here
Top 10 songs for 2015 - 16 can be found here
Top 10 songs for 2016 - 17 can be found here
Top 10 songs for 2017 - 18 can be found here
Top 10 songs for 2021 - 22 can be found here
New Song Breakfast began in November 2011. It took place on the 3rd Sunday morning of each month. Beginning with breakfast at 9am then followed a 45 minute act of informal and inclusive worship using music, drama, discussion and visual media to convey the theme and message. It was relevant for all ages and an activity on the theme was prepared for the younger attendees.
Breakfast was continental-style or bacon or sausage butties (veggie options available) and copious amounts of coffee or tea.
Our worship pattern has since changed but while this service was available it enabled families with younger children to worship together.
New Song Breakfast
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." Psalm 95:6