St Michael at Plea becomes a Norwich Christian Resource Centre

 

It was in July 2004 that the SPCK Resource Centre & the Forget-Me-Not Café moved to St Michael at Plea Church . Previously the SPCK shop had been based at retail premises on Pottergate. Steve Foyster (manager) welcomed the move to the beautifully restored Norwich Church as it not only gave them a separate space to set up a café, but is was also in a perfect position being close to Norwich Cathedral and also  on the tourist trail.

Although there was initially some concern that being located in a church may have been a barrier to potential customers (especially for the café) the reverse proved to be true with a number of visitors initially coming to look at the church architecture staying to buy. The fact that the church is so bright & welcoming with huge windows also helped.

When the venture closed in May 2008 it seemed that Norwich would lose this asset - however, this was far from the case when Steve renegotiated the lease with NHCT and became part of the management team for a non profit making Community Interest Company : "The Norwich Christian Resource Centre". The new centre opened its doors in October 2008, with virtually the same staff who worked for old venture. This includes Lynton Johnson and his team in the Forget me Not cafe which will again be serving delicious food throughout the day. For more details visit : www.norwichchristian.co.uk

Opening up the church in this way has encouraged & enabled thousands to visit this architectural gem. The building averages 120 visitors a day during the year additionally over 1000 people have attended special events ranging from Burns Night to discussions & debates.

The Café

The Forget-Me-Not Café provides a comfortable setting in what was once the chancel of the church. The café is open all day for morning cofee, hot lunches and afternoon teas. It has gained such a good reputation that plans are afoot to expand into the graveyard with outside tables and seating. Not many cafés can offer such a unique eating experience as well as excellent food.

 

 

Churches managed by NHCT are highlighted in in bold below. Click to visit a church.
All Saints Westlegate St. George Tombland St. Julian St. Michael at Plea
St. Andrew St. Giles St. Lawrence St. Peter Hungate
St. Augustine St. Gregory St. Margaret St. Peter Mancroft
St. Benedict St. Helen St. Martin at Oak St. Peter Parmentergate
St. Clement St. James Pockthorpe St. Martin at Palace Plain St. Saviour
St. Edmund Fishergate St. John de Sepulchre St. Mary Coslany St. Simon & St. Jude
St. Etheldreda St. John Maddermarket St. Mary the Less St. Stephen
St. George Colegate St. John Timberhill St. Michael(Miles) Coslany St. Swithin