Question: How can you help save the environment, save yourself some money … and enjoy being involved in the mission of God … and all at the same time?

Answer: By taking someone out for a coffee and using our Seventy-two re-usable coffee cups.

Challenge 1: Saving the world one cup of coffee at a time

According to the latest statistics, the UK throws away around three billion disposable cups a year. That’s over 5000 every minute! As if that’s not enough of a problem, a lot of the cups used in high street coffee chains aren’t actually recyclable. The problem’s the polyethylene that makes them waterproof that can only be recycled at a tiny number of specialised plants. So simply by reusing a cup, you can help cut down on harmful landfill waste.

Christians have tended to stay fairly quiet in the environmental debate, although everything suggests a large proportion of new, younger, Christians assume creation care is an integral part of Christian lifestyle. Taking a reusable out with you, acts as a visual, gentle reminder we can make a small, positive, difference every day.

Challenge 2: Saving money one cup of coffee at a time

Starbucks still offer a 25p per cup discount offer if you use your own cup. Apparently they withdrew their 50p a cup offer because not enough people took them up on the offer! Now that doesn’t make any sense, to me; common, business or ethical. However, some people do and it’s always worth asking, as at least it keeps the issue in the frame. Even one cup a week adds up to £13 a year savings you can donate to a worthy cause, or even warm yourself from the glow of being a better steward! Stewardship is a seriously under-sold facet

But what if owning one of our cups prompted you to buy someone a coffee on a regular basis? Imagine the impact if we had a DNA group meeting in every one of the 22,000 plus coffee shops now in the UK. Imagine the impact if you were prompted to take a friend out for coffee once a month. Coffee#1 don’t provide free internet access because they want people to sit down and enjoy their coffee and talk to people. We want you to enjoy your coffee, but see it as means to create the space to listen to a friend and maybe God will turn up in the conversation.

Challenge 3: Saving the world one person at a time

How many of us started our Christian journey with the desire to see the whole world converted to following Jesus, but somewhere along the road lost the depth of passion? My guess is, however, whilst most of us may have allowed that expectation to evaporate, we still have a passion to see some people we know personally, come to know Jesus and be rescued by him. We’re encouraging as many people as we can to pray daily for five people who are not yet followers of Jesus. Praying for ‘five a day’ is something we can all do and the knowledge that one in every five people in Britain is, right now, open to knowing more about Jesus should give us all the encouragement we need to invite someone for a coffee and a chat, knowing that God is already out there, ahead of us, drawing people to himself.

Seventy-two cups are available via Alex would also love to hear from you if you have a story about how you’ve shared Jesus with someone over coffee lately.


Nigel Coles

Nigel is Regional Team Leader of the West of England Baptist Network. He facilitates the life of the webnet team and oversees the missional strategy for the region. He also works to develop missional strategy over a wider geographical area with our partner Associations and Baptists Together. Nigel believes that when Jesus sent out seventy-two others, he meant everyone who was there, and this passion to help everyone find their way in the mission of God is what inspired the development of Seventy-two.