Dove Cafe is our community cafe that is currently open every Tuesday and Thursday between 10.30 am and 2 pm. We offer free drinks and biscuits between 10.30 am and 12 noon. From 12 noon till about 1.45 pm, we serve simple but affordable lunches. Our emphasis is on good, well-prepared, wholesome food at very reasonable prices. The cafe happens in our Lower Hall, a fresh and bright venue on the ground floor of the Centre.
The cafe offers a safe and welcoming space to have a leisurely drink and chat. Users of the Palace Gate Centre and visitors use the cafe as a place to meet or to enjoy a piece of home baked cake. Centre chaplains or volunteers from the church are always available to chat with those who come if they wish it.
During Dove Cafe, South Street Baptist Church is open for people to visit it or sit there for quiet reflection and prayer. Centre chaplains regularly offer Dove Prayers in the church to which all are welcome.
The former Exeter MIND group also use Dove Cafe as a place to continue to meet most Tuesdays and offer support to those coping with poor mental health. Other groups also use Dove Cafe as a place to meet each other more informally.
Dove Cafe also acts as a work placement experience in partnership with the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which manages mental health services across the county. Langdon Hospital, Dawlish sends men recovering from mental health problems on placement to help them gain confidence and new skills before discharge. In this way, we hope Dove Cafe benefits these men and helps to break down stigmas about mental health.
On the menu at Dove Cafe is freshly baked, delicious cake. Fruit is also available.
Families are welcome at Dove Cafe. We have toys available for children and high chairs for them to use. The nearby womens and mens toilets have baby changing facilities.
Centre chaplains lead Dove Prayers normally on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 11.45 am in the church. The Prayers last for about 15 minutes and are often quite reflective. They are led by the chaplain, often with opportunity to express our own prayers, for instance through the lighting of candles. At special times of year, Dove Prayers often meets to reflect on the Christian story.
Whatever your faith, all are welcome to drop into Dove Prayers.