The Way Church in Carlisle was set up in 2013 by the Rev’d Matthew Firth, chaplain of the University of Cumbria and Young Adult Mission Worker Andy Dykes.
Their congregation has grown and continues to meet at the university’s Fusehill Street campus chapel and in house groups.
Now The Way team has opened the new café – Lost On A Mountain – in Bank Street in Carlisle city centre to serve the community, develop as a fresh expression of church and help fund wider mission.
Matthew explained: “A while back members of The Way started to talk about the possibility of us opening a café for outreach and we felt God’s call to push ahead. This is all about developing a model of mission through business.
“Hundreds of hours of work have gone into making this happen, from developing the constitution and legal framework, through to renting the property, decorating and raising the money to make this happen.
“There has been a lot of sacrificial giving and we’ve also been supported by various trust bodies for which we’re really thankful.
“We hope the café will be particularly attractive to students and people in their 20s and 30s but we’re also seeing a full spectrum of ages coming through the door which is fantastic.”
The café officially opened for business to the public in August, following a launch event attended by guests including the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman and the God for All Fresh Expressions Enabler Richard Passmore.