In a happy atmosphere of anticipation, the Playdate Café at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church launched a new community destination for church members and the wider public.
The concept for the café started in 2013 after Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church member Fiona Adams attended a Mission Shaped Ministry ‘fresh expressions of church’ course run by the Port Phillip West Presbytery. Rev Dr Adam McIntosh, Presbytery Minister Mission and Education, and Rose Broadstock, Mission Development Strategist, were struck by Fiona’s enthusiastic vision of a God that is welcoming, loving, engaging and serving. They continued conversations and Fiona’s dream of a café that was a social enterprise, a place of gathering and a location to experience community became a reality.
Rose and Fiona still laugh at the moment they decided on the location for the Playdate Café. “One of the funniest things during the planning stage was when Fiona and I were sitting in the entrance area of the church,” Rose recalled. “We were staring at the kitchen area which was basically an unused space, and puzzling over where we could possibly operate. Then it hit us. The perfect place for the café was in front of our eyes, at the church!”
As well as the delicious cakes and beverages, a large enclosed area means it is a safe and secure environment for children to play. “We haven’t gone for playground equipment,” said Fiona, “preferring simple blocks, toy boxes and sensory toys that nurture imagination. In fact the adults love using the blocks too!”
Four framed word images hang on the wall of the café, reflecting the ethos of all who enjoy a visit to the cheerful environment –
- We are respectful
- We are loving
- We are eclectic
- No Perfect People Allowed
Fiona said the signs are central to the belief of the café.
“Our hope is that the spirit as well as the body is nurtured at this café. We have enjoyed so much support already from the wider community and I hope that Playdate Café becomes a gathering space for anyone in the Hoppers Crossing area who enjoys happy company. And of course, great tea and coffee.”
Playdate Café is located at 235 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing and is currently open Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 2pm. Like their Facebook page.
You can watch the video story of Playdate Café’s evolution on YouTube.