Our Story

Our Story

It all started in 2012, when we opened our first coffee shop in Shoreditch, Brick Lane. With a slice of red velvet, a good cup of coffee and a smile, we introduced ourselves to the community by providing a space where anyone could take a break from the busyness of London and just belong, regardless of who they were.

We've build friendships with our regulars and our local shops, and want everyone & anyone to think of us as a home in the midst of Brick Lane. Now, five years on, life in our community is still thribing and our organic form of community has grown into various types of gatherings.

Our prayer is to share the love of Jesus with those around us, and at Kahaila we are committed to being creative about making that happen. Whether it is through arts and crafts workshops, film nights, book club, social justice or music events, we hope to create space where honest friendships and community can be built. 

Values

BELONGING  

Kahaila is a place where all people belong regardless of what they believe.


COMMUNITY  

Kahaila is a community which means we want to put others before ourselves.


SERVING  

We believe in every member ministry, therefore we understand that God has a purpose for each one of us, so we are here to help each other to fulfil that purpose.


FAITH 

We seek to live by faith – we do not want to be limited by our circumstances or paralysed by our fear.


GENEROSITY  

We believe in generous giving – we want to be generous with all things, our finances, our time and our resources.

AS DISCIPLES:
 
We are people who earnestly desire to emulate the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. We are about relationship not religion, about fullness of life not legislation. We are committed to live life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We do not have all of the answers, so we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. We believe that the bible is the most life transforming book of all time, in it we believe the true character of God is revealed. Our desire is to discover more of who God is through scripture and let that transform the way we live.

Team

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PAUL UNSWORTH
LEAD PASTOR

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CHILEL SANYANG
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ANDY SYMMONS
ELDER

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ALEX BOYD
ELDER

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ROSALYN BILBROUGH
ELDER

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LIZ SIMMONS
DIRECTOR OF KAHAILA WOMEN'S PROJECTS

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JO HOBSON
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ALICE BOYLE
LUMINARY BAKERY

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EMILY CHALKE
ELLA'S HOME

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NAOMI RICHARDSON
Brick Lane Cafe Manager

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JOY DA COSTA
Aldgate Cafe Manager

Partners

Here are some friends and organisations we support or have supported us as a church.

STEVE AND DIANA

SOZO FOUNDATION

South Africa
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KAHAILA Church

135 Brick Lane
E1 6SB London
tlf: 12 34 56 78
info@kahaila.com