Devonshire Tea is a safe, welcoming space for anyone to come meet friends, enjoy a cuppa, homemade scone and have a laugh.
Our team create a beautiful atmosphere, transforming our hall into a pretty tea room complete with lace tablecloths, Royal Albert crockery, fun tea cosies and cute teddy bears.
We welcome anyone looking for a good cuppa and good company to join us on Thursday mornings, there is just a $3 donation to help us cover running costs
"I enjoy the fellowship with others, everyone is very friendly. Every week we sit at different tables and I enjoy hearing the different life stories. I never like to miss a Thursday." - Margaret
"I have been coming for two years and I like the friendships I've made. Some of the ladies have had the most interesting lives." - Patricia
"I enjoy and feel comfortable coming both by myself or with others. Being here 'tops up' my emotional and spiritual tank and is a nice time out from my normal duties" - Jo
The Friendly Faces of Devonshire tea
Janet is a passionate soul who sees value and beauty all around her in both people and the environment. She longs for people to be connected and discover their unique expression. Janet can often be found pottering around either her own garden or the gardens at CNL, or sharing a cuppa with her wide circle of friends. Janet has been connected to the CNL community for over 30 years and since settling back in NZ has made CNL her home.
"I wanted to connect with people (especially women) in our local community who didn't feel like they had a 'place' that they could belong to. Now each week they come along, make new friends, laugh and share about their lives, families, swap knitting wool and books, and show off their latest crafts. Some even bring their husbands and most stay about two hours - it's wonderful!"
Jan has been part of the CNL community for over 20 years. She likes the genuine extended family feel, with a great range of people of different ages and stages of life. She also likes the fact that everyone is encouraged to find their place and follow their passions.
"I like the fact we can serve people from all walks of life, we create a non-threatening environment for people to come and experience 'church' (connection and belonging). It inspires me to see we are making a difference in peoples lives."
Wife, mother and grandmother - Lorna has been part of the CNL community for over 20 years, it is the place where she finds belonging, friendship and spiritual input.
"I am involved with Devonshire Teas as it creates a beautiful inclusive atmosphere, where people can come, chat and feel cared fore. It's a place to make friends - a place to be listened to."