By Tom Momberg
The Tutti Play Cafe is opening this weekend in Bayside as part of a new community outreach endeavor from BrokenBuilders Ministries, the multi-congregational Korean church operating in conjunction with the United Methodist Church in Manhattan and Bayside.
BrokenBuilders is holding a free open house at the new cafe at Bayside UMC, 38-20 Bell Blvd., on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. .
“Our doors and our hearts are always open to the community of Bayside,” Bayside UMC Senior Pastor the Rev. William Wendler said. “I am thankful that we are able to invite Bayside families to this great opportunity to connect with one another and grow together.”
The open house is the pilot for an expansion of the ministry’s Sunday children’s program, providing a number of sports and arts classes to Bayside youth, and will now include for the next two Saturdays, free snacks and coffee, live music, face painting, balloon making and classes for kids in basketball, arts and crafts, music and Taekwondo.
“This is something the residents of Bayside neighborhood would appreciate very much,” said cafe organizer Jennifer Luna, a Bayside resident, educator and mother of two. “I am so glad that this new community project is coming with a clear purpose to serve the people in this neighborhood rather than as another business endeavor. This is something that will open new exciting opportunities for Bayside families.”
Organizers said free parking for the open house would also be available at the rear of the church, entering from 213th Street. A full program schedule for the spring is supposed to be released at the open house. The cafe is slated to open every Saturday from now on, organizers said.
For more information, visit BrokenBuilders Ministries online at www.b3m.org/
Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at tmomb