5 & 7 September 2017
Our annual deep clean will be on Tuesday 5 September from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be provided (chilli con carne, vegetarian chilli and rice) to everyone at 1 pm. This annual event is always a great success and the response from our community is always fantastic... it's a true testament to the saying, 'many hands make light work!'
There’s a sign up list on the bulletin board in the Main Breadmaking Room to help us with catering numbers. Alternatively, you can call Toni Poole in the Somewhere Else office on 0151 706 0155 or send a text to the Minister's Mobile 07546 474598 if you would like us to add your name on the sign up list.
If necessary our cleaning will continue on Thursday 7 September from 10:30 am to 2 pm
Breadmaking and worship resume on Tuesday 12 September at 10:30 AM.
Many thanks for all of your continued support and love!
Heroes and Sheroes Awards
Toxteth Town Hall recently hosted the inaugural 'Heroes and Sheroes of L8' celebration, to recognise the unsung who make a difference to community life in Liverpool. Rev Ian Hu, our minister at the Bread Church, and Frances Phillips, one of our regular bread makers and worshippers, were selected as part of a group of community leaders presented with badges of recognition by Louise Ellman MP.
Ian was nominated by Martin Zopa Huiskens, a facilitator at the Bread Church. He writes, "Authentic leadership is rare in our community, particularly with many men who tend to wear many masks. One of my inspirations for authentic leadership is Ian Hu because he is openly himself... (and) is honest about... his Christian faith."
Martin continues, "I have read about many leaders from the past, like Issan Dorsey, the Zen Buddhist monk whose biography 'Street Zen' was a real inspiration. As a Buddhist, I did not expect to find similar authentic leadership in a little Methodist church in Liverpool! See, Christians can be cool, Christians can inspire and provide authentic leadership. The 'Somewhere Else' church is a place of refuge for me. I feel safe there. May you continue to do your work for our community in Liverpool and beyond."
Ian writes, 'This recognition is 100% the result of the time and energy of all of our volunteer facilitators at The Bread Church who make our Tuesday and Thursday worship expressions come to life through the making, baking and sharing of bread. Without our volunteers, The Bread Church would cease to exist... they are the TRUE HEROES AND SHEROES!"
11 July 2017
Welcome home Ian!
Our minister, Rev Ian Hu is now back from his sabbatical and he was made very welcome by everyone. We'd like to thank all of the guest chaplains who provided excellent support while he was away.
Ian recently visited Woodchurch Methodist Church in Birkenhead where he shared some of his Sabbatical time with their baking group. Peter. one of our facilitators, said, "(It was) an honour and blessing to have him with us. God be with you Ian in everything you do.
29 June 2017
Monika was a popular facitator at the breadchurch. She was a Vincentian Volunteer, someone who takes on the responsibilty of supporting the Minister and Administrator. And Monika rose to the challenge in so many ways.
We wish her all the very best for the future and look forward to her visiting us soon.
Thank you Monika for your hard work, your caring nature, your sense of fun and of course, your delicious soup!
22 May 2017
Congratulations to Mollie, Joanne, George and Monika on completing their facitlitator training. It takes several months and hard (but enjoyable!), work to complete the training. We all enjoyed a wonderful presentation ceremony to celebrate their achievement.
Also a huge thank you to Heather for running the course and presenting the certificates.
20 May 2017
Methodist Women in Britain enjoyed their breadmaking day!
A small group from the MWiB gathering in Liverpool came to explore ways of "looking at church in unfamiliar ways" by making bread with us. As well as making bread the group learnt about the history of the bread making community at Somewhere Else and an opportunity to sample our “outrageous hospitality”.
Their experiences were shared in a typical Somewhere Else bread-making morning and then, in the pouring rain, delivered the fruits of their labours to the Quaker Meeting House where the other MWiB attendees had gathered
Many felt that the opportunity to make bread in a warm, dry and welcoming environment was infinitely preferable to “looking at church in unfamiliar ways” by walking the streets of Liverpool taking photographs in the pouring rain!!
Our thanks to the little band of bread-makers who baked such wonderful bread.
Nat visited us for the first time and offered to share her beautiful, heartfelt poem
Having all of my life being like a big merry go round
Being happy until you are dragged down
Confused, alone silent and frightened
Nowhere to hide
Nowhere to turn
Lost in a world
Where everything you have to learn,
Your knowledge, feelings, empathy and skills
As we know we won't be fooled by the children of the revolution
We are all one individual no matter what creed colour race disability of sexuality
Or your beliefs or disbeliefs
Peace not war