As of Tuesday, 17th March the Trustees of The Bread Church suspended all bread making until further notice. As of 11th June, 2020, Methodist Churches In the Liverpool District remain closed. Please read the statement from the Chair of the Liverpool District which explains why. We look forward to welcoming you to The Bread Church when we are able.
During this time of lockdown, we have added pages about on-line worship, prayer, help in Liverpool and activities to do at home to keep us all connected.
Look at our Action for Children charity section for help with your children during the coronavirus (Covid 19 ) pandemic.
Do scroll through the other pages; to see how we normally work. We look forward to welcoming you to Somewhere Else in the future.
If you need to contact either our Minister, Reverend Ian Hu, or myself - Lorraine Howarth (Administrator), then email firstname.lastname@example.org as we continue to work from our respective homes for the foreseeable future.
You can also stay connected to our community through our facebook page, which is organised by our One Programme Participant - Laura.
The Bread Church (also known as Somewhere Else) is an inclusive community that meets around the making and sharing of bread. We offer a warm welcome, hospitality and friendship to those of all faiths and none.
We are open twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10.30 - 2.00 to make bread by hand, with individuals and community groups of all ages and abilities. The sessions include time for:
Anyone wishing to make bread is asked to arrive by 11a.m. To share in other parts of the fellowship - coffee, conversation, Reflections and lunch - people arrive at any time from mid-morning onwards.
The activity is usually led by our resident Minister, the Revd Ian Hu, and facilitated by a team of volunteers who help with hospitality, and guide visitors through the steps in bread-making.
We also hold meetings for worship and contemplation at other times. Scroll down this page to read about our Quiet space on Tuesday sessions last year.
Check this website or our facebook page to keep up to date.
Todays's prayer is based on Pslam 70 - described in the Bible as a prayer for the poor and needy. Click on the picture to hear Daniel James's version.
Hurry Lord, O God,
Help and deliver us from all who seek to confound us and hinder us in our good deeds.
Be with all who who rejoice and are glad - who call, 'Let God be magnified'. May we praise you and share your love with all who are 'poor and needy' this day.
Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice.
rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice.
Rejoice, rejoice and again I say rejoice.
Rejoice, rejoice and again I say rejoice.
Words and music: Traditional
At the moment, the community of SWE are separate from each other, but joined through their love of God and prayers, especially when we think of each other as we bake bread and knit or crochet our squares for our blankets. Last week, I heard this new song on the Radio 4 Morning Service – adapted from the original by John Bell (a leader of the Iona Communty), which was originally written by his Norwegian friend Hans-Olav Moerk. May it give you peace.
Click on the image to play the video.
We will meet; when the danger is over,
We will meet when the sad days are done;
We will meet sitting closely together and be glad our tomorrow has come.
Words copyright 2020 Hans-Olay Moerk and WGRG, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland.
Music copyright 2020 WGRG, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland www.wildgoose.scot
Tetchy - a #prayer by Jude Levermore, Head of Mission at the Methodist Church in Britain.
Sometimes, we just feel like this and need to ask the following question of God through our prayers: 'Could you help me find my rest in you today?'
Take time out to pause and take inspiration from our Positive Thoughts page.
Listen to a song, read a poem, psalm or passage from the Bible.
If you have any inspirational passages or songs that you think others would enjoy, then please send them to email@example.com
Four of the SWE Community met with Risma, our Vincentian Volunteer for 2019-2020, yesterday (2.07.2020) for a farewell picnic in the park near to where she has been living. It was very moving.
Risma returns to her home in Indonesia this week and we wanted to share 'outrageous hospitality'; present her with a certificate and a gift, as a reminder of her time with us - all at a 'social distance'.
Risma presented the community with 25 squares and 5 twiddle muffs, which she has been busy creating whilst in lockdown, as part of our Clicking and Connecting initiative.
The Revd Richard Teal has been elected and inducted as the new President of the Methodist Conference, taking over from the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson. The induction took place on Saturday 27 June at Cliff College in Derbyshire, as part of the Methodist Conference which is, for the first time, taking place online. The Vice-President, Carolyn Lawrence, was also elected and inducted.
During his lifetime John Wesley chaired the Methodist Conference but after his death the Conference determined to elect a President annually.
Read about our new President and Vice-President on the Methodist Website.
Our MHA heroes
On June 3rd, 2020 the Chief Executive of MHA and staff in 2 of their care homes were on Newsnight on BBC 2. They had been filmed as part of an investigation by the Newsnight team for a piece about the Coronavirus Pandemic and its effect on carehomes and their staff.
It is a powerful programme about the dedication of the staff and how they were let down by lack of resources provided by the government. Do take time to watch this moving film.
'It is with outrage and deep sorrow that we have witnessed the recent brutal killing of George Floyd in the United States.
But outrage and sorrow are not a sufficient response to racism and inequality in society. How to begin a process of change? It starts with self-examination and listening to the people whose lives are affected by discrimination and hate......'
In response to a letter which she received this week, from a South London Methodist, about racism and the lack of support from The Methodist Church over the last 15 years for the injustices experienced by BAME young people, Barbara writes: There is no excuse for racism. All people are made in God’s image. We are one body in Christ Jesus.
Follow the link to read the full message.https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/all-news/a-personal-message-from-the-president-of-the-methodist-conference-the-revd-dr-barbara-glasson/
Our Clicking and Connecting project to keep us connected has really taken off! If you have sent squares that you have knitted or crocheted; please let us know, so that we can give you a great big thank you!
If you have not already started, then search out your knitting and crochet needles.
Read more .....
On the 21st April, a former regular attendee at the Bread Church - Violet - sent a message to the community, via facebook, from her new home in Germany. Violet moved there in March. It was great to hear that she is well and still baking - though yeast was just as rare back in April there as it was here.
This is what she said:
This is a wonderful place to come and spend a few hours. It is not just for folk who have religion (I don't), it's for anyone to enjoy. The people who come here are really lovely and kind folk who are interesting to talk to. The whole idea is amazing and it is a shame there are not more places like this for people to go.
I went regularly, twice a week, with a girl I supported who enjoyed baking, we made heaps of lovely things together and always felt welcome and relaxed. I miss coming along to the baking and only stopped as I moved to Germany.
Thanks so much everyone, I will miss you.x
Do 'like' our facebook page and check it regularly, as we are keeping connected through this and our website.
Here at Somewhere Else, we have a wish wall in the main room. When we are waiting for the kettle to boil or our bread to prove, then people may physically write their wishes for local and national issues on a post-it and glue it to the wall. If you log on to the Methodist Website https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/prayer-wall/ you will find a prayer wall, where you can add your concerns.
Do take time to have a look, as it is another way for us to feel connected.
The Methodist Church Website has also added prayers connected with the pandemic not only from the UK, but from our brothers and sisters around the world. https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/prayers-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Follow this link for A prayer for Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Z9KRMAFgk7o&feature=emb_logo
A prayer for all people during lockdown
Members of the SWE community say a prayer together, which is posted to our Facebook page, every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 pm.
Each Sunday morning, you can join in worship from Central Hall Westminster at 11 am by following this link.www.youtube.com/mchwevents
You can also join in worship led by the Minister of Wesley's Chapel London at 11 am https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
Sthie ('At home')
This is a different form of worship experience from the Isle of Man. Join in live on Sundays by joining a Facebook group. For details see https://andyfishburne.com/2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/
You can watch previous live-streamed videos at https://www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
Find out more about Sthie by turning to....
We trust that these will help you to feel connected to the wider Christian community.
Both members of the Somewhere Else and the CASAI communities welcomed the opportunities to grow, share and express creativity around various areas of faith.
These are some of the results of that time.
This collage was based on ideas contained in At Sea with God by Margaret Silf.
On Sunday, the 14th of April, members of Somewhere Else and CASAI (Church Action on Sexual Abuse Issues) met for a time of reflection on the words from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. The group of fifteen took time to produce decoupage hearts, whilst reflecting on the passage. Our friend, Carole Benn then led us in a poetry workshop. People produced poems around the themes of "Space" and "Ten Things about Me".
Everything has its time
Absolutely not based on Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 1 -8!
The trouble with Ecclesiastes,
Is that all that rhymes are nasties
Unless you’re in to Cornish Pasties!
So time to create
No more hate
God’s love is great.
His amazing grace
For every race,
Colour and creed
And those in need.
For his grace is the answer to all,
Picks us up with his love when we fall,
And he hears us when we call,
When we throw it- he catches our ball.
The Byrds had a time and season,
A purpose under heaven and reason.
The Bryds, how absurd.
Had they heard
Has God’s calm,
His holy balm,
His loving arm
Kept you from harm.
If not, don’t cry,
Fly – for in CASAI no one asks why,
No questions that pry,
No need to lie,
For in time
Life will rhyme
And you can climb.
It’s not a crime
You just need time
To see a sign,
And meet the vine
Strong and true
Firm as glue.
For God’s in charge
Of life’s decoupage.
10 Things I love about Myself
Here is my voice – crying out passion with vibrating chords of endless sound.
Here is my sight – eyes caressing the forms, being one with light.
Here is rhythm – percussion, pounding, repeating, my hands dancing, foot tapping, heart racing.
Here is my kiss – no words, just love’s impact, whistling a tune of you and me.
Here is where I stand – treading the boards on the clouds of the earth, ‘Oh my feet ache.’
Here is my flavour – spectrums of taste and colour, eaten well, ‘Tea’s up.’
Here is my idea – Sheer and clear, God gives me skin to fly, watch the gulls and flying thoughts.
Here is your space – my friend no time to waste, together kindred under heaven.
Here is faith – not placed, infinite body, everywhere from me to the master.
Here is God – soul’s seat, complete, a gift for life. My heart is yours.
Heather’s Haiku and other poems
Sharing round a large table
All are fabulous.
Paddle in hand, I’m ready!
Keep an eye on that ball!
Small and white,
Bouncing towards me,
Smack! A point on the board,
Over to you.
Sometimes in the dark
Sometimes in the dark I think
Sleep will never come.
Count backwards, relax, - impossible!
Sometimes in the dark I dream
My handbag gone,
Run, frenzied, wake – a real nightmare!
Sometimes in the dark I feel
Fulfilled, cherished loved,
Safe in God’s care – an answered prayer.
Lunch at Shelly’s
Plan a quiet day
A purpose under heaven
For every season.
Having a together time
Need to take some time for me
Space and quiet please.
last 2 lines can read –
Move away from me
Get lost you bobo!
Ode to the Trafford Centre
Take the right road out
Shopping dreams and food
Home away from home.
Palm Sunday Quiet Day
Writing our haiku -
Maybe you can kindly muse
Pride summer season
Celebration of ourselves
Haiku by Alex
Will I trust again
Open up my heart anew?
And say ‘I love you.’
Is it any wonder
I want to hide deep under
Tough times like thunder!
Bright new days are here
Wiping away every tear
Rising up, no fear.
There’s hurt and pain -
I put on my smile again
No rainbow without rain.
You know my heart’s cry
To my old self I must die
I will heal and fly.