The workshop in action
Highlights of the workshop.
What does SWE mean to me?
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoner and recovery of sight for the blind.
At Somewhere Else the people mean so much to me and so we welcome all to come and participate in the community and in the bread-making.
The atmosphere and the ethos of the place are so much a part of me after 21 years involvement.
Those who feel imprisoned are welcome. Many are imprisoned by illness, disability, the attitude towards them of society in general. Those on the margins who feel trapped by the very society that is supposed to be looking after them. Those with mental anguish, those who have been abused, ignored, hurt, damaged - all are welcome at the Bread Church.
We seek to hold the tension between showing the love of God to all who would come across the threshold and being a safer space.
Somewhere Else means the freedom to be real, the release from the imprisonment of "ordinary" church. The release from the fear that church is somewhere where "other people" go. At Somewhere Else, we don't sing hymns - unless people would like to, we don't have pews or hymn books and liturgy. Our worship is the making, kneading, shaping, baking and breaking of bread. I love the freedom of the worship space in the Cloud Room where we hold prayerful reflections during each bread-making session.
We seek to be a companion to those who visit. For "companion" means together with bread - 2 Latin words.
We offer a new way of looking at church - fresh, different, wonky around the edges (we have a poster up on the wall from Lurpak - wondky is good - but it is next to a poster form John's gospel - I am the bread of life.)
So no matter whether your life is easy or difficult; no matter whether you feel trapped and imprisoned or free; no matter whether you feel that you have lost sight of your faith; no matter whether there seems to be no "good news" around you or your community ...... at the Bread church I know that....
The yeast will enliven you.
The flour will be the basis of a loaf to nourish your needs.
The oil will be poured on your troubled waters.
The honey will sweeten your outlook.
The water will immerse you in God's love.
The salt will spice up your worship habits.
For though we are all unique in God's eyes, we all share in the one loaf that is Jesus Christ, whom I see every week in the people that make, bake and break bread in Liverpool City Centre.
That is why I love Somewhere Else.
That is why I use my LOAF and L.O.A.F. - live out a faith with good news, free and in the full sight of God.
Here is a photo of Andrew receiving his official facilitator's certificate in November. Andrew is The Bread Church's Senior Steward and also Treasurer. He has been part of the community since it began 20 years ago. However, due to his work commitments it has taken him some time to complete all the elements required of the official training. The Trustees enjoyed witnessing him receiving his certificate.
What a creative evening. We enjoyed our supper of beans or spaghetti hoops on toast too. Thanks to Robert who came to help to do the washing up as well. A thoroughly enjoyable evening and reflection time.
Every year, we are blessed by students from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) on placement at The Bread Church as one of the first year placement community requirements for LIPA's Community Drama programme. This year we have had Rebecca join us on Tuesdays. She quickly became confident as a baker. Here you can see a caterpillar loaf that she made!
We are soon to be joined by two other of her fellow students.
Over the last few weeks, members of our community have been preparing and making the soup for our lunch.
Milly and Dominique are seen here preparing the courgettes for our delicious soup. Not only does Milly chop the vegetables, but she is also a dab-hand at blending the soup to
" a silky smoothness."
Vinny is becoming an expert at preparing the peppers without the use of a knife! If you don't want your knives to become blunt when preparing a pepper, then follow this technique.
1. Wash the pepper.
2. Use your thumb to push the stalk into the pepper.
3. Remove the stalk from the pepper and throw away.
4. Tear the pepper into small pieces using your fingers.
5. Wash the pepper pieces again, to remove the seeds.
Now you can add your pepper to your cooking.
Eleven Facilitators, the Rev Ian Hu and three Vincentian Volunteers all met at SWE on Saturday afternoon, the 16th of March, 2019 to learn how to make Irish Soda Bread and also Wheaten loaf. We were ably instructed by former facilitator, Leighton and enjoyed sampling the "fruits of our labour" both at The Bread Church and at home.
Our Vincentian Volunteer, Karoline was able to bring the other Vincentian Volunteers (who work in projects in Manchester) from her house; to experience the "outrageous hospitaltiy" here at SWE. The volunteers are from Canada, the United States of America and Spain, so it was a truly international afternoon, as one of our other volunteers, Stephanie is from Hong Kong.
We hope to be able to use these new skills and types of bread with visitors in the future, especially if they are unable to arrive after 11 am, as both types of loaves don't require proofing.
Everyone was grateful that Leighton had suggested such an interesting workshop.
On Tuesday, the 5th of March, we had two visitors to The Bread Church. Pete, from Derby and Bernhard from Germany. Both had come to see how we "do church differently" here at SWE. Peter, one of our regular volunteers, was kept busy helping them to bake bread.
At coffee/tea break, the community enjoyed eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Pete and Peter look to be enjoying theirs.
Bernhard is hoping to visit again next week, so we look forward to welcoming him back and hopefully recording a photograph for our website. Check this page next week!
At the end of 2018, our volunteers were busy baking loaves for the Methodist Youth Weekend in Southport - 3Generate. Teenagers from all over the United Kingdom came to share a weekend of Fellowship and fun. As part of the weekend, the Reverend Dr. Sheryl Anderson - our District Chair - and Rev. Sally Binymin - Pioneer Minister - shared communion with the visitors at the event.
Here is a copy of the letter which we received from Sally after the event had taken place.
Dear Somewhere Else,
Thank you so much for providing loaves of bread for Homeless Communion at 3Generate. There was in excess of 1200 young people attending and a number of them enjoyed sharing bread from Bread Church and grape juice, homeless communion style, in the open air across the campus at Pontins. Some were heard to say that that was the best thing they'd taken part in ! The youngsters took out trays of 'wine' and bread and offered it to friends and people passing by as a token of God's grace or just as 'a gift for you.' There were numerous activities that the youngsters could take part in and we think we released about 500 glasses of juice and all the the bread went! People were very warmed to hear that the bread was made at Bread Church and enjoyed its unique tastiness too.
So, many thanks for serving the Connexion in this amazing way. The youngsters were so utterly blessed!
love Sal x
The community decided that they would like to reduce the number of plastic bags that they were using each week. So a large batch of "chippy" paper was ordered; to wrap the bread in. This can then be placed in a backpack or visitor's bag.
Our guests have reported that the bread stays fresher for longer too.
Here Carolyn, one of our facilitators, is seen wrapping a loaf for Kit.
Our film season has finished for a while now. Check this space regularly to find out our next movie and discussion session.
Films usually take place on a Sunday afternoon in the main room. During January and February 2019, we watched The Pianist and Romero. We look forward to discussing The Way, starring Martin Sheen in the future.
Film: 3 - 5pm
Conversation: 5 - 6pm
Bella Rose (aged 1 month) came to visit her new friends at The Bread Church, with her mum, Joanne. Tina, as well as the rest of the community, enjoyed welcoming her to our Thursday session.
Joanne is a trained facilitator and carer, who before the arrival of Bella Rose in August, attended with another of our trained facilitators - Milly.
We look forward to her visiting again in the near future.
Deep Cleaning Days 2018
Members of the community spent two days cleaning the rooms at Somewhere Else - and the equipment -from top to bottom! It was hard work, but they were rewarded with Rev. Ian's tasty chilli con carne and vegetarian chilli as a thank you for all their effort.
The community is looking forward to welcoming both new and old visitors to bread making and reflections in the coming months.
In 2017, as part of Methodist Insurance Community Awards competition, Methodist Churches across the country were asked to let them know how their church was reaching out to others and making a difference to people's lives. The Bread Church was highlighted in the 2018 August newsletter. Look for the "Our daily bread" link on the Community Stars page. https://www.methodistinsurance.co.uk/news/community-stars
Josephine Butler Memorial Day was recently held in the Church of England Lectionary. Following a Eucharist Service in the Lady Chapel at Liverpool Cathedral, an awards luncheon was held in the Gilbert Giles Scott Suite.
The Bread Church was one of several community organisations to be recognised by the Josephine Butler Memorial Trust for its work in Liverpool.
"Josephine Butler has been described by contemporaries and biographers as beautiful and charismatic. (She) is remembered for her compassion for prostitutes and her tireless championing of poor women and children."
Claire Jones, HerStoria, 2012
The final session of this year took place on Friday, 5th of October. Watch this space for new dates in 2019.
Places are limited so if you're interested, please sign up on the sheet on the notice board, or contact us to book your place.
Oliver, our administrator's husband, enjoyed being taught how to bake bread for the first time by one of our experienced facilitators, Leighton.
Monika Resleróva (Vincentian Volunteer during 2016-17) spent the day with us visiting from Prague, Czech Republic. The Tuesday group enjoyed re-connecting with her during breadmaking, worship, reflections and lunch. Monika now teaches primary school children in Prague.
Carolyn (Thursday session facilitator) was able to stop by to join us for lunch during Monika’s visit.
Monika also met Joseph Rikardsen, our current Vincentian Volunteer (2017-18)
Full details on Our Facilitators page
Our shared lunch is a very important part of the day at Breadchurch. Making the soup is a shared task so different members of the community can enjoy being involved. We always make vegetarian soup using a variety fo recipes and ingredients.
Earlier in February, for the first time Milly Gill agreed to coordinate putting together soup for lunch, and she did a stellar job to rave reviews! The photo was taken by Rev. Peter Hughes, guest chaplain at breadmaking and worship on that day.
Thank you Milly for all your hard work!
For years "The Middle Room" between the Breadmaking Room and Cloud Room has been used to store art and craft materials, broken furniture and any unwanted items. It's still a drying room for our aprons and tea towels, but Rev Sally Binymin and our Administrator, Lorraine Howarth transformed the main part of the room into this beautiful centrepiece. It's become a more peaceful and reflective space, Thank you for your hard work, it looks so much better and the room feels better too.
Somewhere Else has rooms available to hire. If you know of a group that is looking for meeting space in Liverpool City Centre then please contact Lorraine on 0151 706 0155 for further details. Users must be in sympathy with the ethos of Somewhere Else and the Church Trustees reserve the right to refuse a room booking request.