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Breaking Bread

Holy Habits is back!

We have resumed our discussion sessions with a Zoom group looking at the topic of Breaking Bread. Phil Hyde will once again be leading our virtual discussions, which will take place from 20.00 on Thursday February 4.

The breaking of bread is a distinctive term used by Luke, the author of Acts. He uses it most powerfully when Cleopas and his companion describe how Jesus had been made known to them 'in the breaking of the bread' (Luke 24:35). The early Christians found God in every aspect of life and that they gathered together to share their lives as a community. They made mistakes, they didn't always share and yet they found something so special that they tried to follow Christ's example. So they, like him, took bread, the ordinary and everyday; they gave thanks to God, they broke it, they shared it and they consumed it. This exploration of breaking bread works with a broad understanding of the term: one that includes and honours the practice of Holy Communion, but reflects upon breaking bread in other ways and contexts too - ways that also make Jesus known.

About Holy Habits

Over the past couple of years, Wallington URC has been exploring various aspects of the Christian faith using the 'Holy Habits' booklets developed as part of the URC's 'Walking the Way' initiative. We are aiming both to grow our own discipleship and to grow our church. So far we have looked at Fellowship, Gladness & Generosity, Prayer and Biblical Teaching.

The Holy Habits course follows the example of the early church as set out in Acts 2 vv 42-47:
They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers. Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.

Each theme is explored over four to eight weeks, backed up by bible readings and personal study. Talking, exploring and sharing together.

Reflecting on the extent to which we see the picture that Luke paints in Acts 42-47 re-emerging in fresh expressions of church today, Holy Habits author Andrew Roberts explains 'when I was asked to think about how to support the nurture of discipleship through our churches, I suggested something based on what became Holy Habits. The Holy Habits series is a key resource for Walking the Way, the URC's focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission. By exploring these 10 habits in turn, the books explore how we can better recognise the presence of Jesus in all areas of our lives, seeking to play our part in building the Kingdom of God, whoever we may be and whatever we may bring to the table.

'There are no short cuts or quick fixes for today's Church or society, and Holy Habits does not seek to offer any. The point is to involve as many people as possible, to think and plan strategically, to be clear in our purpose, to work collaboratively, creatively and consultatively.'

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