The following words were written by a member of our community who went out to serve Holy Communion and also give Spongebags to those people who have no dwelling.
"We went out onto the streets on Christmas morning. Met with warmth, cold, gratitude, apathy, from those awake, asleep, drunk, drugged, dirty and clean.
Our simple sponge bags were graciously accepted, as some already had received gifts of more socks than Primark and more mince pies than Greggs from well wishers seeking to feed and clothe the outer person not the inner person!
Our bags contained elements of Christ - humanity, love, respect, thoughtfulness, warmth, dignity and inclusion. But is there somewhere a short transcript of the Gospel Christmas stories that we could include next year that looks at the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John through the eyes of the homeless, the abused, the marginalised. A simple re-telling that we could include in our sponge bags to offer the hope, love and strength of Christ to those who feel lost.
Just a thought?
If there isn't one - perhaps we should write one???
With blessings for a peaceful, joyous and above all God-filled new year."
Both events on Christmas Eve and the 29th of December were welcomed as a time for reflection over this very busy period. Those who attended would like to thank Col and the Rev. Ian for leading these Quiet Space events.
We enjoyed the Carol Service which was led by Robert and members of the community. It was attended by friends of the the Somewhere Else Community both locally and from as far away as West Lancashire.
We enjoyed the fellowship and mince pies afterwards too.
THANK YOU TO ALL YOU AMAZING FRIENDS OF THE BREAD CHURCH. YOU HAVE BEEN SO GENEROUS WITH YOUR DONATIONS OF BOTH MONEY AND ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY. THE SPONGEBAGS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND ALSO AS AND WHEN NEEDED IN 2020.
This evening was well attended. Lots of creative bakers out there, shaping different loaves of bread.
Look out in the new year for another event. Thanks to all those who supported this evening.
On Tuesday, 3rd of December, Stephanie and Simon joined us here at SWE to share in Reflections and Lunch, after he graduated from Liverpool Metropolitan University with an MSc.
We really enjoyed hearing all their news, especially about Simon winning 'Student of the Year' award for his course. Well done, Simon.
We look forward to seeing them again in the new year.
Reverend Ian met up with Stephanie and Simon in London at the Wellcome Collection Cafe, Euston Road, on 20/11/19. Ian was in London for an Evangelism meeting at Central Hall, Westminster.
Simon and Stephanie are settling in well and send everyone at The Bread Church their prayers and best wishes.
On Tuesday, the 8th of October, Stephanie baked her last lunch time rolls here at Somewhere Else.
Stephanie has been a facilitator here at The Bread Church for over a year. She found out about us via our website when she arrived in Liverpool with her husband(from Hong Kong) last September, contacted us and has been a regular Tuesday person ever since.
The community here at SWE welcomed Laura and Risma on Tuesday, 10th of September.
Laura, our One Programme Participant, will be working with us during the next year, with a special focus on youth work. As part of her work and training, she will also attend Cliff College (Theological) in Derbyshire.
Risma is our new Vincentian Volunteer this year. She comes to us from Indonesia and will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Twenty people enjoyed exploring their creative loafing bread making talents on Friday. These are the results. Look at the news page to find out which bread was baked by which person!
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.
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.