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We ourselves are the comets. We are the moon and the stars. We are the fireworks in a darkened universe. To be in the presence of even the meanest, lowest, most repulsive specimen of humanity is still to be closer to God than when looking up into a starry sky or at a beautiful sunset.
Mike Mason
Practicing The Presence of People (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 1999), 15.
(Imagine) a church that is a dynamic set of relationships, friendships, and acquaintances … a medium of living relationships through which the gospel can travel.
Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2003), 42.
(But) according to the economics story … churches are to focus on efficiency, effectiveness, and organizational growth.
F.S. Michaels
Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything (Canada: Red Clover Press, 2011), 80.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM?

Bread of Hope was founded by five guys in 2015:

  • Johnny Douglas (then: Associate Minister, Emmanuel Church, Northwood; now: Vicar of Swanley, St Paul, and Hextable, St Peter);
  • Tim Knight (Public Sector Christian Workplace Group);
  • Mark Davies (Christian Workplace Group, BP Canary Wharf);
  • Andy Nunn (formerly, Christian Workplace Group, BarCap); and
  • Jon Horne.

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WHAT DO WE DO?

Bread of Hope provides physical food by supplying a local food bank with its greatest needs. Bread of Hope also provides spiritual food by helping people to:

  • approach their work as worship;
  • forgive others as God forgives them; and
  • witness to those around them.

Breaking Bread

WHY DO WE DO IT?

We believe that breaking bread together gives us a picture of the Christian life. The bread and the wine:

  • show us that human work can be approached as worship;
  • that making peace with one another reflects making peace with God; and
  • they witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

These three things further reflect the three offices of Christ: prophet, priest, and king. We are like wax melted by Christ’s love. So as a finger leaves a fingerprint in molten wax, Jesus leaves a prophet-print, a priest-print, and a king-print in us [1 Peter 2:9]:

  • Kings represent God to the world. When we worship something, we receive our worth from that thing. Eventually we become that thing [Jeremiah 2:5]. We become what we worship. Therefore, when kings receive their worth from God [Deuteronomy 17:19], they faithfully represent God. Faithfully representing God to the world means working to meet needs [Psalm 72:12-14], because God works to meet needs [Matthew 6:11]. Working to meet needs makes the world presentable to God. This is what it means to be priests. So whereas kings represent God to the world –
  • Priests represent the world to God. Priests turn what is good into something better. They turn wilderness into garden [Genesis 1:29-30]. They add worth. In a fallen world, priests also help people to be worthy (or holy) before God [Romans 15:16]. In this way, priests give worth back to God through others. They can do this by working to restore relationships. Worth is thus passed around like a parcel. We receive worth from God in order to give it to others. By giving it to others we are giving it back to him [Matthew 25:40]; and finally
  • Prophets witness to the work of God in the world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Prophets are those who advocate resurrection. Consider these words of a grieving father:

Together these values – kingly provision (meeting needs); priestly people (restoring relationships); and prophetic perspective (advocating resurrection) – give:

  • a model of whole-life discipleship; which is also
  • a glimpse of the new creation – the feast to come.

Since breaking bread together gives us a model of whole-life discipleship, our mission is to embody what breaking bread is all about, which we do by providing physical and spiritual food. And our vision is the feast to come, to which breaking bread together directs us.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

Each of these offices – prophet, priest, and king – has at least one corresponding workplace course. These courses can be tabulated as follows:

Course Office Value Benefit
Worship@Work King Provision Flourishing
Forgiveness@Work Priest People Affection
Stress@Work
Witness@Work Prophet Perspective Reflection

WHERE DO WE DO IT?

Most of our work is done with other organisations. So we go where they are. But we also host a small meeting from 7pm to 8pm on alternate Mondays at:

All Saints House
83 Margaret Street
(Entrance via Marylebone Passage)
London W1W 8TB

Please email contact@breadofhope.org.uk for access information.

18 June – Worship@Work I – Work and Worship;
2 July – Worship@Work II – The Sacred-Secular Divide;
16 July – Worship@Work III – Creation;
30 July – Worship@Work IV – Fall;
20 August – Worship@Work V – Resurrection;
3 September – Worship@Work VI – Anticipating the Kingdom;
17 September – Worship@Work VII – Breaking Bread Together;
1 October – Forgiveness@Work I;
15 October – Forgiveness@Work II;
29 October – Forgiveness@Work III;
12 November – Forgiveness@Work IV;
26 November – Forgiveness@Work V.

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?

Bread of Hope subscribes to the historic creeds of the Christian Faith, such as: the Apostles’ Creed; the Nicene Creed; and the Athanasian Creed.

Bread of Hope also believes in:

  • the dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement;*
  • the sufficiency of Jesus’ life and death as a sacrifice for sin;
  • Jesus’ bodily resurrection as the first fruits of the new creation, which includes the resurrection of people ‘from every nation, tribe, people and language’ [Revelation 7:9];
  • the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.*

* Evangelical Alliance Basis of faith.