The Well is the Bethel Christian Fellowship’s town centre coffee shop and drop in centre at 1 Penhaligon Court, Guithavon Street very near to the High Street. Since it opened The Well has been providing brilliant coffee, good food and Christian books, but most of all it is a great place to meet people, or simply relax and just ‘be’.
The Well is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are all passionate about providing a welcoming, safe, supportive and caring environment for visitors to enjoy. Whether their need is high quality coffee, a good toasted sandwich or just someone to listen to them, The Well is the place.
The Well hosts the main church office and is the mid week hub for our other church activities such as prayer meetings and alpha courses.
The Well is open from 10am to 2pm on Monday to Saturday.
Mission: We have and continue to develop the Christian mission of the Well Coffee Shop, as place where customers can enjoy spiritual peace and receive encouragement, whilst at the same time enjoy excellent tea, coffee and food.
Our products: We are Fairtrade registered and serve lovely coffee called Kingdom Coffee (coffee with a conscience). Kingdom coffee source Fairtrade, ethical and sustainable coffee; and invest their profit back into the countries where the products are grown. We have an extensive range of Fairtrade Tea’s which are Clipper Fairtrade. Other fairtrade products that we sell include; hot chocolate (Cadbury’s), sugar and biscuits.
Support local; We currently buy our cakes from Tiptree Patisserie, and in the near future are hoping to buy from and support some local Witham cake makers. Our bread is bought from Witham Greggs, and our milk from Witham Farmfoods.
Volunteers: Our volunteers are a mixture of faithful and friendly Bethel Christian Fellowship church attendees. Plus we have one volunteer per shift who may be for example; recovering from mental health issues, learning disabilities, need language support or other health issues.
Pastoral care: We have a trained volunteer whose job is to provide pastoral care. She uses the Well as a base but often does visits. She reaches out to church members and outsiders. She offers care in whatever form is needed; spiritual, physical, practical or emotional . Most of her work involves time to listen. This might mean taking someone to the Well for coffee, but she also often find home visits more beneficial for both parties. She has helped signpost to different agencies i.e. housing, CAB, counselling and the food bank.