Grace Cafe a place for women to gather
An idea several years ago became reality recently when Grace Cafe opened its doors.
“I had a coffee cafe for a missionary who visited the church,” Mary Jane Doyle said. “I thought it would be nice to do something like this but the timing wasn't right.”
She talked to Karen Kane who also had a vision for a coffee cafe for women and their plans began to take shape.
Grace Cafe made its debut at Broadway Alliance Church in East McKeesport in January, welcoming women Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m.
“We want to reach out to the community,” Doyle said, noting the cafe is for all ages. “We want to provide a place for women of all ages to go to get support.”
Women gather in a room featuring a couple tables with red table clothes and white chairs. There is coffee, tea and water, and homemade baked goods.
Doyle hopes single moms visit the cafe. “A lot of moms are alone and are trying to raise their children. We chose this time because the kids are in school and they have some time of their own. We'd also hope to see widows come to the cafe.”
Touching on women's need to talk, Kane said they want the cafe to be a “place of conversation and relaxation. Women need to talk and we hope this will be a place they feel comfortable coming to to do just that.”
The name reflects what Doyle hopes the cafe is able to do. “We chose the name because we want to share the grace God gave freely to all his children.”
Pastor Al Thompson likes the idea of the cafe. “It's an opportunity for women and single moms to come together and feel loved, supported and encouraged.”
Sharing his sentiments, Doyle said she hopes the cafe will evolve into “a group of women who have found friends that can help and support each other. This is a ministry outreach to women in need. Whether they are experiencing loneliness or need social support, we want to be here for them.”
Maggie Balogh attends each week, usually bringing the homemade goodies. “It's nice to know there is a place to go and get out with other women and not be judged. This is like therapy without the charge.”
While socializing may be a form of therapy, Doyle stresses the weekly gatherings are not intended as such. “We do not give out advice, but we do listen.”
Looking ahead, Doyle said they want to provide various programs like having a nurse offer blood pressure screenings and a scrapbook day or other event that would be of interest to the women.
“But we have to build the group first,” Doyle said. “If God wants this to happen, it will.”
Broadway Alliance Church is located at 1000 Broadway St. For more information, call 412-824-3198.
Carol Waterloo Frazier is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1916, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Students’ use of iPads a minefield
- Electrical problem sparks fire in McKeesport truck
- ‘Shocker’ tourney honors memory of pro wrestler from McKeesport
- East Allegheny officials confirm strike, notify parents
- 2nd area Speedway store nears completion
- McKeesport Area teacher fired amid sex scandal returns to school
- Sex offender held for court in address registration case
- East Allegheny teachers maintain strike plans
- Homeless cat population a problem for North Versailles residents, shelters
- Mon River Fleet seeks nominations for Women of Achievement awards
- $8 million Duquesne Light facility opens in McKeesport