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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 involved in worship; and
  • that we receive worth from God in order to give worth out; 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. We become an imprint of that thing [2 Kings 17:15; Jeremiah 2:5]. Therefore, when kings receive their worth from God, when they revere God [Deuteronomy 17:19], they represent God as he is. They represent the humble God [Philippians 2:5-8]. They embody humility [Deuteronomy 17:20]. And since humility (“not better than”) is the flip side of equality (“the same as”), kings should work towards equality by meeting needs [Psalm 72:12-14]. Equality gives worth to all, which 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. They bless. They add worth. They turn wilderness into garden [Genesis 1:29-30]. In a fallen world, priests also help people to be worthy (or holy) before God [Romans 15:16]. And they work to restore relationships. By adding worth, priests give worth back to God through others. 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 humility (working towards equality); priestly blessing (adding worth to the world); 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 – objective Benefit – subjective*
Worship@Work King Humility Equality** Flourishing***
Forgiveness@Work Priest Blessing Worth Affection
Stress@Work
Witness@Work Prophet Perspective Truth Reflection

* OECD (2013), OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264191655-en, 10, 29—32.
** Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone (London: Penguin, 2009).
*** Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing (London: Penguin, 2018).

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.