Bread of Life is a pioneering project in Strood, one of the Medway towns in North Kent. Its aim is to see a new expression of church emerge among those who would be very unlikely to walk into one of our traditional church buildings.
It will do so through a micro-bakery and coffee shop in the middle of a thriving parade of shops in the middle of a sprawling residential community.
There is an extensive building project underway to convert a long neglected building into the commercial premises with a flat above which will provide manse accommodation for the pioneering minister, baker and project leader, Rev John Western. It is expected that Bread of Life will open its doors in the autumn of 2022.
Initially the coffee shop will provide a welcoming and inclusive space for the community and provide an incarnational expression of mission. It is anticipated that various groups will be established providing friendship and support. Bread of Life courses will feature. This course (written by John) teaches breadmaking skills whilst opening up discussions about Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Whilst waiting for the building to be ready, John has been getting to know the community through pop-up market stalls outside and running courses for staff and students at local schools.
If you live locally, you can support the project by applying to volunteer or maybe by ordering your bread (for collection) from Bread of Life. If your church is a bit further afield, why not talk to John about providing Danish Pastries for a special meeting in exchange for a generous donation?
For more information please contact John direct.