How we work
The Bible Reading Fellowship is a charity that works with churches of all denominations. Messy Church started in an Anglican Church and The Gift of Years started as an ecumenical local partnership between the Methodist and Anglican Church in a small town.
Our authors and readers represent many denominations, and today we support over 3,000 Messy Churches in churches that are Anglican, Baptist, Free, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and Vineyard (to name but a few!). BRF believes, with the historic churches, in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
BRF itself began with a vision to help people get back to the fundamentals of their Christian faith. As part of this, a monthly leaflet was distributed among members of the Fellowship to help them read to the Bible and pray together. Although from Anglican roots, it wasn't long before this approach was being shared across denominations.
Whatever your denomination, we hope - and expect - that you'll find something at BRF that can help you, your church and your community. We'd love to keep in touch, and would value whatever support you can give to help us transform lives and communities.
Very early on in our history, BRF published two series of Bible reading notes (inspiringly titled Series A and Series B!), recognising that one size doesn't fit all. Today, we publish five different series of Bible reading notes and a range of other resources in the hope that we will be able to encourage and inspire a wide variety of people in their understanding of the Bible.
Rooted in the local church
BRF started with one church leader serving God where he was, providing a local solution to a local problem. Several initiatives that are now part of BRF - including Messy Church and Anna Chaplaincy - started in a local setting, addressing local needs and opportunities.
We seek to support the local church, offering a range of initiatives and tried and tested resources, so that local churches can benefit directly from the experience and expertise of other local initiatives.
Working with local people
Our passion is to see lives and communities transformed through the Christian faith, and we believe that the most effective way to achieve this is to work with local people, churches and schools who are best placed to make this happen.
For example, we work with a skilled team of freelancers to help deliver our schools work, reaching parts of the country that we can't with our small staff team. A significant strand of our work, including Messy Church and The Gift of Years, is to raise up, train and encourage members of local churches to be effective in their ministry and outreach to others.
In so doing, we hope to be a catalyst for local work and ministry, making widely available the wisdom, expertise and support of our collective teams.
As a charity our desire is to make a difference, not make money. As a result, we seek to make what we have to offer as affordable and widely available as possible while carefully managing what we do.
For example, we charge for Barnabas RE Days and In-Service Training (INSET) sessions that we offer to schools, but these fees are set at a level that is realistic for tight school budgets. If the fees charged represented the true costs, then schools wouldn't be able to afford to pay, and we would work with far fewer schools.
As a result, much of our work is supported by donations from individuals, churches and trusts. This funding also enables us to be generous with our time and resources as opportunities arise.