100k in 100 days.

Giving.

We launched our end-of-year giving appeal early this year. For the first two years that the church has been alive (2017, 2018) we’ve raised around $100,000 at the end of year, in addition to our regular monthly giving.

We’re looking to do the same this year, we’re just giving ourselves a bit more time to do! 100 days of time, in fact, since we launched the appeal two Sundays ago*.

100k in 100 days.

It almost rhymes. Which is how you know it’s a worthwhile and a super exciting goal.

We’re asking everyone for whom bread is their home to pray and consider giving towards this. No amount is too small and no amount is too big! We’ll keep you updated over the coming weeks about how we’re doing. There is of course no pressure but it’s going to be super exciting to see that $100k get smaller and smaller as the weeks go by and more and more people invest and get behind what we want the church to be and to do.

FYI we’re currently $3k in, only $97k to go! Thank you to everyone who has already given. We couldn’t do this without you.

For a much more comprehensive take on giving and money, and If you didn’t manage to hear either of them, please check out Ed’s last two Sunday talks here.

You can find out more about how to give by going here.

We’re beginning a super exciting new series this Sunday. It’ll be great to see you there,

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

*Technically there are 93 days from Sep 28th (the appeal launch date) and Dec 31st. But stop being so pernickety.

Alpha Tonight. Serve the City Sunday.

Drink a drink. Eat some snacks. Have a great conversation.

We’re very excited to be beginning Alpha this evening. We’re kicking off at 7.30pm at Covell Sidebar - enter through the bookcase at the back of the main bar.

There are loads of people signed-up for the course and we can’t wait!

If you’d like to come but haven’t yet signed up, you are very welcome. And please feel absolutely free to bring friends they will also love it.

There’s more info right here.

First Sunday.

This coming Sunday being the first Sunday of October means we will be taking out packs to those suffering from homelessness in our neighborhood straight after church. If you missed this last month it was a really brilliant launch to the initiative and we’d love to have you be part of it on Sunday. It’s super low-key, there will be a quick briefing before we go out, and everyone will be overseen by experienced volunteers.

We’ll be heading out at 12.30pm and back by 1.30pm.

Check out the Serve the City page here for more info and to donate resources to the packs.

In the meantime, see you Sunday!

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

Freethinkers welcome.

Alpha Begins.

We run Alpha three times a year and the Fall course begins this Wednesday October 2nd. Alpha is for anyone who have never done Alpha before. It’s a chance to discuss the bigger questions of life - what are we here for? Is Christianity true? Does the church do more harm than good? And anything and everything else…

You are invited and so is anyone you’d like to bring with you. We believe everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share any point of view.

Alpha runs for five weeks every Wednesday from 7.30pm-9.30pm. It’s held at Covell wine bar, where we have a private room. We the snacks, you buy your drinks. There’s time to hang out, hear a short talk from Ed and then discuss anything with like minded people.

It’s a great way to meet people, hear what we believe church and Christianity is all about, and work out your beliefs in a non-judgmental, non-prescriptive, relaxed, welcoming environment.

For more info and to sign up go here.

In the meantime, see you Sunday!

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

Invite.

This Sunday: Guest Service, Baptisms and Tacos.

If you’ve been wondering when to invite friends to church, then this Sunday is a particularly good one to do it. We are baptizing two very new members of the church both of whom are only a few months old, and the service will be a big celebration and particularly geared towards those who are checking us out/haven’t been to church for a while/long time/ever! Ed’s talk will be focused on de-bunking some negative associations people can have with church or christianity whilst also bunking(?), re-bunking (?), up-bunking (?)… um… let’s just say bigging up the extraordinary news of the grace-filled life-altering wonder-making real gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. It’ll be wild.

Afterwards a whole bunch of us are going for lunch at La Villita Cantina in Franlin Village. It’s a five minute drive down Franklin Ave and we’ve reserved an area for us all to hang out. You are invited and so is everyone you know and love! We’ll be there from 12.45pm onwards…

See you Sunday!

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

Everyone gets to play + When to bring friends to church

Prayer Training

This Sunday we’re running Prayer Training after the service. That everyone and anyone can learn to pray for people is one of our core beliefs at bread. We have seen lots of people down the years who previously had no experience of hearing God’s voice and/or had no prior experience in praying in the power of the Spirit, become exceptionally powerfully used in doing this. We believe it’s one of the most exciting things about church and it grows our faith, builds the kingdom/

So don’t count yourself out. Getting over the initial awkwardness is usually the biggest hurdle. After that it’s plain sailing!

Prayer Training is designed to help with all of this. We will look at the theology behind why we pray for people in the way that we do, and then explain the model of prayer that we used. Super low-key, very chill, no pressure or weirdness.

So if you’d like to find out more please join us after the service 1pm-2.30pm - grab lunch and meet back in the main auditorium

When should you bring friends to church?

Whenever you want really. But next Sunday (9/22) will be a particularly great service to do so. There will be baptisms and Ed will be speaking particularly to those who may have been brought up in church but have not wanted to be part of it , those who are trying to work out what they believe, and those who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves Christians (as well of course those who may just be looking for a church to join!) So if you have friends who fit into any of those categories, bring them next Sunday.

Straight after the service a bunch of us will be going to lunch down the road in Franklin Village. So that’ll be a great way to hang and meet new pole and introduce friends to friends.

See you Sunday!

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

First Sunday is Serve the City

Serve those suffering from homelessness.

For the rest of this year, the first Sunday of each month is going to be a Serve the City Sunday (we will carry on into next year with more frequency if we have the capacity to do so).

Starting on Sunday September 1st, from 12.30pm-1.30pm we will be taking pre-made packs out to those suffering from homelessness in and around our neighborhood.

If you would like to be part of this please email alice@bread.church (if you are unable to help out for this first Sunday please specify which other dates you can do: Nov 3rd, Dec 1st, Oct 6th). There will be a briefing beforehand from one of our brilliant Serve the City leaders - Alisha, Harmony and Georgia.

We’ve had a great response to purchasing items for the packs, but we could still do with more. Please follow the link below to purchase. It will also be on the Serve the City pages of the website.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/YC99ZN2XWHJO?ref_=wl_share

We will be talking more about all of this in the coming weeks at church.

See you Sunday for more of our Life of Bread series.

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

Willy S: inventor of language.

Get some cultural fix.

Shakespeare, being the big creative brain that he was, invented a fair few words (eg ‘lonely’, ‘bandit’ ); idioms (eg ‘green-eyed’); and even catchphrases (eg ‘all that glitters is not gold’). He didn’t invent the word catchphrase though. But it is a great word and one which, as all self-respecting trivia types will know is one of the words in the English language with the highest number of consecutive consonants (i’ve counted them for you - it’s six). The word ‘Twelfth’ only has four but it seems like it has at least one too many.

Which is a hugely long-winded, mainly irrelevant, and definitely tedious way to remind you that…

We’re going to watch Shakespeare in the Park this Sunday! It’s totally free. Bring a picnic, something to sit on, and enjoy Twelftftth Night in the beautiful surroundings of Griffith Park. The performance starts at 7pm, but we will be gathering from 5.30pm onwards. For more information check out the link here: http://www.iscla.org/festival-2019

And RSVP to Amy Knutson who can answer any questions you may have - amy@bread.church.

Before then… See you on Sunday 10.30am…

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x

Homeless Packs Donations + Shakespeare.

Donations.

We’re beginning our drive to put together packs to distribute to those suffering from homelessness in the areas around Los Feliz. These packs will include a printed resource with listings and directions for all the local services currently available for those living on the streets, as well as essential items such as:

  • Bottle of water

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Pair of socks

  • Sunscreen

  • Energy biscuits

  • Pack of wet wipes

The packs themselves are biodegradable waterproof bags measuring 9 x 15 inches. So the items need to be small enough to all fit in (i.e. 3 gallon bottles are not ideal!).

For convenience sake we have put together an Amazon Wish List so you can get exactly the right stuff off it. Think of it as a wedding registry but with fewer kitchen appliances!

The list can be viewed here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/YC99ZN2XWHJO?ref_=wl_share

Either buy straight off the list, or get the same products from somewhere else. We will be collecting everything at church from Sunday onwards.

We’re aiming to put together 24 packs to begin with. So if you’d like to donate to these we would be hugely grateful.

We’re finalizing the first date when a team from church will go out and distribute these packs - it looks like it will be in early September and we will repeat these once a month.

The Bard in the Park.

We’re going to watch Shakespeare in the Park on Sunday August 11th. It’s totally free. Bring a picnic, something to sit on, and enjoy Twelfth Night in the beautiful surroundings of Griffith Park. The performance starts at 7pm, but we will be gathering from 5.30pm onwards. For more information check out the link here: http://www.iscla.org/festival-2019

And RSVP to Amy Knutson who can answer any questions you may have - amy@bread.church.

See you on Sunday 10.30am…

Lots of love,
Ed and Hannah x