Members of "Somewhere Else", The Bread Church, met at St Michael in the City, Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool to prayerfully consider the next stage of The Bread Church story. The day was led by our own minister, the Rev'd Ian Hu and Rev'd. Dr. Miranda Threfall-Holmes, the Rector of St Luke in the City Parish. We reflected upon four themes: Taken, Blessed, Broken and Shared. Four Bread Church members shared reflections on these themes, after each craft activity, which was led by Rev'd. Miranda. Each person took 2 squares of material, wrote words about what they have taken from and been blessed by at The Bread Church; then took another persons square which they broke -by cutting in quarters to make a pin wheel; this was then sewn back together, before being broken again and made into a new shape - a star. This star will be hung in the Cloud Room back at Bold Street. The community then shared communion, which was led by Rev. Ian. It was a very spirit-led day. All who attended felt blessed by the experience.
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
On Tuesday, 24th July, the community here at Somewhere Else welcomed a group of visitors who had travelled down from Gateshead; to experience our "outrageous hospitality". Rosemary, Mike, Norma, Julie and Georgia May learnt about the work that we do here and enjoyed making bread to share with the people of Liverpool - including bemused workmen in hard hats! They were ably assisted by our facilitator volunteers Peter, Cindy and Jess. You can see their amazing loaves in the group photo, which also includes Peter.
Rosemary and her friends hope to use breadmaking in creating a new faith expression in their community, which is part of the Durham Diocese. We wish them all the best and look forward to being able to make a return visit once their work is established.
Watch this space for future events.
These sessions have been well-received by the community. Make sure that you check this page to find out our next series of films and conversation.
Film: 3 - 5pm
Conversation: 5 - 6pm
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 next session takes place on:
Friday 5th October
Spend the day in Liverpool watching the Giants, then come and bake bread.
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.
It was Royal Wedding Fever at Bread Church on 17th May as we looked forward to Harry & Meghan's big day in Windsor. A bread cake was baked complete with bride & groom on the top and candles.
Two of our community agreed to be Harry & Meghan for the day and walked down the aisle, blew out the candles, cut the bread-cake and then joined the guests for our usual amazing soup and bread lunch. But this time we had cakes and sweets to finish off the lunch, as well as bunting festooned around the church. We hope and pray that the real bride and groom had as much fun on Saturday as we did on Thursday.
In reflections we talked about the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana and how the guests had reacted to a lack of wine that needed Jesus' help. Hopefully no such difficulties were had at Windsor on Saturday.
Once again the outrageous hospitality that we share within our amazing community here at Somewhere Else shows the love of God in this place
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.