Cafepoint recently provided coffee and tea supplies to St. Mary’s Lutheran Church for their Open Garden Squares Weekend event which is an annual event that opens private gardens and squares to the curious.The ILSC had 209 visitors over the course of the day (the garden was open 10am-5pm). Entertainment was provided throughout the day, and our tea and coffee was served all day alongside food and snacks. A full report can be found below:
On Saturday, June 13th, the International Lutheran Student Centre and St. Mary’s Lutheran Church opened their courtyard garden up to over 200 visitors as part of the London Open Garden Squares Weekend. The small but airy garden was a place of peace and hospitality to those who spent their time within it. Guests were welcomed to sit on the garden’s benches for a coffee or a tea provided by Cafepoint, rest their feet and appreciate the greenery around them. Not a strolling garden, many found respite while they sipped and sat, enjoying lively piano music or beautiful violin duets, meditation, or lectures on seeing gardens as an important aspect of every part of our lives, from health to architecture. Taking donations for refreshments, the ILSC also raised over £80 in donations for Stand By Me, to support efforts to rebuild their Hetauda Home for girls in the wake of the Nepal earthquakes. One of the coordinators of the weekend’s events came by, and remarked that amongst the guidelines for including a garden in the weekend was the quality of being, “A nice place that you wouldn’t know was there if you didn’t know it was there,” and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Euston Road, that’s exactly what the ILSC and St. Mary’s could offer.
Quotes from attendees:
“What I found quite interesting was getting to know some of the members of the church community. It often feels like we are so separate, even though we are in the same building; so it was really great that this is something we can do together.” –Jutta Zwick, ILSC Resident and volunteer
“It’s hard to be in a particularly bad mood when enjoying a garden.” –Kathy, OGSW visitor
To learn more about the Council Of Lutheran Churches, please visit their website: http://www.ilscentre.org.uk