by Mike Kinney
A Richmond church has caught on to the coffee shop craze.
On Easter Sunday, April 16, the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at 32nd Street and Barrett Avenue reportedly opened the Holy Spirit Cafe at the church site.
The cafe is set up to resemble the experience of a Starbucks or Peet’s, but this one also has live music and doesn’t charge for drinks and pastries. The space, according to Rev. Tikiko Lesuma, is envisioned as a hangout spot for local youth who might benefit from an informal refuge.
It is a place “where they are embraced no matter what they are facing, a space where they can come as they are, a space where when they enter, they won’t be judged,” the Rev. Lesuma said.
The cafe is currently open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. Rev. Lesuma said they hours of operation will expand once the community becomes more aware of Holy Spirit Cafe.
The cafe features St Luke’s UMC “New Creation Praise Band,” which is made up of parish youth and young adults, according to the church’s Facebook page.
“Friends and family if you do know any teenager, youth, young adult or even young couples who live in Richmond [or any place in the East Bay], invite them to come to St. Luke’s,”
For more information about Holy Spirit Cafe, call Rev. Lesuma at (510) 234-5263.