What is Bread of Life?
Bread of Life is run each Sunday by Vine Church in Surry Hills providing breakfast for rough sleepers and a devotional Bible study. Scots Church Sydney supports this ministry by sending a team on the first Sunday of each month. Vulnerable community members from the area join for food and fellowship.
What is involved?
Volunteers start at 7am to set up the breakfast and area and prepare food to share with the companions when they arrive at 8am. Some regulars will arrive at 7.30am for a 30-minute Bible discussion before breakfast. Between 8am-8.30am, volunteers are serving breakfast, handing out care packages and chatting with companions.
Why does this matter?
We love because God first loved us. He sent his only Son to die in our place so that we might live in him. This offer of love is not just for our own church, but for people across the city. Our Bread of Life ministry allows us to partner with other Christians to love our city in practical ways.
We want to be a church that
loves the disadvantaged and marginalised in the community;
is driven to serve and work alongside others because of Christ’s love and sacrifice; and
recognises the opportunities to share the gospel in many contexts.
Why ‘Bread of Life’ and why ‘companions’?
The name ‘Bread of Life’ serves to highlight our desire not just to provide physical food, but to share eternal food through the gospel. We want those involved to know that we love and serve because of God’s grace to us and that nothing is better or more important than the gift of salvation through Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Similarly, the word ‘companion’ is used to recognise the relational value of such a ministry. More important than giving free food is showing the community that we care and so the breakfast becomes a time for fellowship.
Click here to check when you are serving on the Scots Church Sydney Elvanto app.
What if I can’t serve in my rostered role on a particular Sunday?
If you need to drop out in the week leading up to particular Sunday, mark yourself Declined for Kids Church for that Sunday.
If you know ahead of time that you will be absent from church, mark yourself as Unavailable for that Sunday, so you don’t get rostered onto anything. How to mark yourself Unavailable.
Church involves lots of people serving in different ways. So we all know who is serving in a particular role on a particular day, please don’t arrange by yourself a swap with someone else. If you Decline or mark yourself Unavailable your coordinator will get notified and sort it out.
For Elvanto support, email Matthew, our church administrator.