The Bread Ministry is an important part of St. Martin’s mission of radical hospitality. It is comprised of two groups: bakers and deliverers. Members volunteer one Sunday per month, baking or delivering freshly-baked bread along with information about our church to new guests.
The bread ministry strives to let newcomers know that we are very glad they chose to be with us, and that we hope they will become a part of our church community. If a guest fills out a communication card at church, we deliver a freshly-baked loaf of bread to them, along with a little information about our church and worship services.
The bread ministry group feels that the love and hospitality shown to newcomers by baking bread and delivering it in person reflects the Christian belief that is embodied in the phrase “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” [Matthew 7:12]
Bread bakers will bake several loaves of bread & bring them to church at their convenience. Some of the bread is also used to help feed the homeless through our Service Sunday ministry for Union Gospel Mission.
Deliverers are responsible for deliveries one Sunday per month. They will collect communication cards and deliver a loaf of bread and church information to each newcomer, usually on the afternoon of the guest’s first visit. Deliverers don’t make a “pastoral” visit – they just deliver the bread and tell visitors how glad we are that they were interested in St. Martin’s. They never enter anyone’s house.
Get Involved! The Bread Ministry has no regular meetings, and communicates mostly by email or phone. This ministry has a very valuable place in our church, and many families have responded that they really felt welcome at St. Martin’s because of the wonderful bread that was delivered to them! If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Mary Beth Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.