Makers and Bakers

Monday, 5 March, 2012

Rachel Matthews discusses the right ingredients in building community - from her kitchen.

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Rachel Matthews: God works in mysterious ways. It's a huge cliché but it's one that's true. In fact, they're such mysterious ways that sometimes God asks you to do something that we really don't feel worthy enough to do. And yet what's mysterious about it is that he asks us to do it anyhow. Why is that?

Anyhow, that's what's happened to me. I've been thinking for a while about what God might want me to do and one morning it finally dawned on me. Well, God dawned on me. He spoke to me quite clearly and asked me to combine my love for cooking with my love for the community around me. To gather together everybody in perhaps my local church and teach them about healthy eating while also encouraging them to have a healthy heart - that's a heart for God. I'm not sure exactly I'm going to do it but I know that if I can bring those two things together God will help me. But I am so so scared. Let's say I'm at a crossroads in my life and if I could get into a car I would and I'd reverse it right back out of here. I just don't feel worthy of such a challenge.

Don't get me wrong, I believe in fresh expressions - I work for Fresh Expressions, I totally understand the need for new ways of being church. I think it's so important to reach our community, to connect with our community, to serve our community and to help people know God. But do I want to get out of my boat and do it?

Not really. Do I fell strong enough?

Not really. But, the bible's full of stories of people just like me, just like you, that God chose to help. The fishermen: Peter, Andrew, James, John. The shepherd boy David. Moses in the basket. He chose them all, he took them with all their weaknesses, insecurities, frailties and he used them. They weren't perfect, but it didn't matter to God. He used every bit of them. He shaped them, moulded them, guided them. He took everything, all their strengths, and that's all that we remember about them now. And so as God saw them, so I guess he sees us. And he sees us so very differently than we see ourselves.

And so my journey begins - or continues, whichever way you want to look at it. I've signed up for a food safety course and I've started to do little cooking classes at my local school, volunteering, just to get some experience. I've still got huge doubts that I'm going to pull this off. I'm not even sure I'm that good a cook! But I know that I can do this if I allow God to do it through me. So with great trepidation, but with the greatest teacher by my side - the creator of all things, 'maker baker cooking classes' will be starting soon. Watch this space...

I think Delia would eat a cake at the end wouldn't she?

Updates to, and learning points from, this story

Monday, 17 December, 2012 On Demand clip

Rachel Matthews updates us on her experiences of trying to build community through baking sessions.


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