‘Surprise, joy and delight’ – the story of ‘Bake and Pray’

Jude Smith PIC 2 CROPPEDJude Smith shares the inside story of Bake and Pray and how you can be involved in this simple but effective ministry to those who work on our High Street:

First the Great British bake off…..then synergy bake off…..now it’s time for “Bake and Pray”, and the good news is that you can cheat as much as you like!!!!!…you can even buy your cake if you don’t think you are up to baking one!!

“‘Bake and Pray’ has now been happening at St Johns since 2003* – that’s eleven years so far that shops in the High Street will have received a cake.  This year, 2014  will be the 6th year that I have been organising it.

“Every year, towards the end of October, I map out all the shops/businesses on our High Street. It is surprising how many changes there have been over recent years.

“Did you know that Harborne High Street has 148 shops and businesses? There are 12 charity shops…7 coffee shops…14 Restaurants (not including the pubs!)…14 Estate agents /lettings, to name but a few.

“The idea of ‘Bake and Pray’ is to choose, and sign up for a shop (or more than one!) to bake or buy a cake or other goodies, and to pray for that shop as you bake or buy. In the month of December, take along the cake/other goodies to the shop, along with a Christmas card which gives details of the Christmas services.

Bake and Pray goodies“Surprise, joy, and delight, is the response from most of the owners or workers in the shops. As you bring them Christmas greetings, you can take the opportunity to invite them along to the carol services…..you may even have opportunity of saying more to them, depending on how busy they are.

“I would encourage everyone to join in….as an individual, as a family, or even as a home group venture. A suggestion for home groups is that you sign up for one of the bigger places, e.g. Waitrose. Each person in the group could make a tray bake or similar, and you could arrange all the contributions together on a large tray/in a large box… this can look very effective and festive.

“I will be in the main hall between the morning services, and again after the evening service every Sunday from Nov 16th, until every shop is signed up for!! Feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have.”

Postscript from Jude:

In the Sunday morning services we are thinking about Extending God’s kingdom,and last Sunday we were challenged to ask ourselves, “What is my door of opportunity?”

On Sunday 9th November Jim Memory used the acronym BAKE. B-Be brave. A-ask Jesus. K-Keep your heart E-Expect. So let’s all make the most of this door of opportunity, and let’s make a difference on our High Street. To use Jim’s words…

…on your marks, get set, BAKE!  and do listen to the sermon from Jim on-line, if you weren’t in church on Sunday 9th Nov.  What a lead in to Bake and Pray, and to pick up on!

Email Jude or get in touch via The Church Office on 0121 427 4601

Read more about Bake and Pray at St John’s by clicking on this link. 

*In the Welcome Sheet of 30th November 2003, Advent Sunday that year, the notice read as follows: ‘John Hughes would like us to embark on this ministry to our High Street shops and businesses. Could you bake a cake and deliver it to one of them to say thank you for their service to the community throughout the year.’   Let’s carry on with the vision.  Editor.  






12th Nov 2014 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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