Penny’s Youth Cafe re-opens 17th May 2021!
We will re-open as a COVID-secure café from May 17th with year group bubbles to work in partnership with the local secondary schools.
See the KPC Youth page for the timetable and the calendar below for what is happening in 2021.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE CALENDAR ON THE SESSION YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK, you will then be taken to a booking page.
For more information or first bookings please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you for your ongoing support and best New Year wishes in these crazy times.
Paul, Anna and the Penny’s team.
Payments for future events can be made by bank transfer using these details.
Happily married to Anna with 7 wonderful children; Judah, Jacob, Caleb, Josh, Daniel, Jodi-Caila & Hannah
I wanted to be a dolphin trainer when I was a teenager. My dream took me to live in Seattle for 1 year where I started going to church because they were arranging ski trips! I wanted God to look after my family while I was away from home so I chose to believe in God selfishly at first. When at university I got baptized and chose to put God’s will before my own…no more dolphins…God wanted me to work with young people…and now I love being a youth minister at Knowle Parish Church and cafe coordinator at Penny’s!! God is good!!!
I’m a mum of 3 adult kids who used to cause havoc in KPC Youth back in the day! – but those patient leaders made a lasting impact. I’ve also been a GP in the area for a good few years, and can often be spotted on my bike in a luminous fluorescent jacket. Fun fact – Aged 15, I was on TV in a quiz show series, got to the final, and we won – highly embarrassing!
Most of all, I long for young people to get that knowing Jesus can transform their lives.
A safe haven
For over 600 years Knowle Parish Church has been a haven and refuge, open to all, in the heart of our village community.
Young people living in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath now have an additional haven and refuge in the form of Penny’s Youth Café which opened its doors in September 2019 to everyone aged 11-21. All young people can receive a warm welcome, as well as enjoying great drinks and delicious food!
Who was Penny?
9.4.1949 – 2.7.2018
In July 2018 KPC lost a valued member of its youth team. Penny Coggan had a huge heart for the youth in our community. We believe that Penny would love spending time at the Youth Café with the young people who come through its doors so it seemed fitting to name the café after her.
Penny was an incredible gardener and one of her favourite Bible verses helps remind us of the thirst young people so often experience in life. Isaiah 44 verse 3 says:
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground.”
The reason this verse was so significant to Penny wasn’t just the water her garden would need but it was also the life-giving water that God’s Spirit brings us all as He meets with us in our place of need. We hope that Penny’s Youth Cafe can become an oasis for young people. When they experience dry and challenging times and become thirsty in life, they now have a place where they can be refreshed in more ways than one.