The church is opening a café – in the middle of the pandemic
Church services count as public meetings. They are limited to eight persons now during the pandemic.
By opening a café while the service is in progress, more people are allowed to be in the church.
”We aren't doing this to be provocative”Johannes Lindh, the vicar
Sports clubs can have a lot of people in their restaurants during matches. But it took long discussions with the county administrative board and the police before the church was given permission.
– We aren't doing this to be provocative, says Johannes Lindh, the vicar.
– The police and the county administrative board ask what the purpose of the service is. So I can't answer that it is our legal right to get a group together. . I must answer that we get together to drink coffee, that's acceptable.
– But we must charge for the coffee, the vicar sighs.
The café can only have four - eight persons at a time.
– People whose lives are orderly can put up with following our services on Facebook. But we also have a lot of people who have been knocked about a bit by life, some of them new arrivals, who need coherence in their lives.
On Sunday there is a service from 11 till 12:15. The café is open between 10 am and 1 pm.