Fellowship in Christ Church launches ladies tea room

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Ladies gather for tea at Fellowship in Christ Church. The church hosts the tea room for women from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. The event is open to the public. (Photo by Heather Collins)

By Heather Collins

Carmel’s Fellowship in Christ Church has always sought to live up to its name. Last month, women of the church joined together to create a tea room to provide fellowship and fun for all women in the community.

Fellowship in Christ Church hosts the tea room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in the basement of the church at 310 N. Range Line Rd.

Verona Xanders and Lisa Lawrence, wives of the church’s pastors, came up with the idea. The space was formerly a coffee house called the Catacombs.

“We’re all sisters in the world. Wherever we are, we are sisters,” Xanders said. “This place is like a little haven down here for anyone that just needs a friend.”

Church member Leslie Doctor previously worked in a tea room and connected with fellow church member Terri Peterson to launch the tea room in early May. Diane Mrsny decorated the space.

“It’s important to have a place where you can be yourself,” Peterson said. “I feel like here we have a place that’s a peaceful, joyful place for women to come.”

The weekly event is open to all women in the community and free to attend. Complimentary tea, coffee, baked goods and fruit are served. The space also has a play area for children.

“Having tea and scones and pleasant music in the background is always conducive to a peaceful atmosphere,” Doctor said.

In the future, the group wants to have discussions about women in the Bible and invite guest speakers.