News Update May 2016
Queen and Roy Video
‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people… And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’ (Joel 2:28-32).

Join us in praying this Pentecost, that God will pour out his Spirit; that the church will be mobilised to spread the good news of the gospel in words and action in every village, town and city; and that many people will respond.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's Executive Director
Thy Kingdom Come
This week more than 3,000 churches across England are involved in a special pre-Pentecost week of prayer, launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. The week culminates with Beacon prayer events in cathedrals, praying for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing our life-transforming faith. The video, above, will be shown at the events and each person attending will receive a copy of The Servant Queen with the challenge to use it to talk about Jesus. Find out more at www.thykingdom.co.uk
Festival of Life – a night of prayer
Bishop

The last Friday of April saw 40,000 people gathered for prayer at London’s Excel Centre. The Festival of Life brings together members of Britain’s Redeemed Christian Church of God and is hosted by RCCG’s General Overseer Pastor Adeboye (right). To mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Pastor Adeboye was presented with a copy of The Servant Queen by the Bishop of London, Rt Rev Dr Richard Chartres, pictured with Roy Crowne, Rev Yemi Adedeji and Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf from the HOPE Leadership Team and Pastor Agu Irukwu of RCCG’s Jesus House. Pastor Agu told delegates at the 12-hour night of prayer how Jesus House is using the book and encouraged them to do the same in their churches.  
What happens when we pray?
Yemi Roy Video

Watch HOPE’s associate director Rev Yemi Adedeji talking to Roy Crowne about prayer.
Leicester’s season of celebration
Sorting-and-labelling-MountsorLeicester is set for a season of celebrations. Festivities to mark Leicester City FC’s Premier League win will be followed by parties and fetes to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. Leicester diocese has given grants to churches to help them engage with their communities as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. So far they have made 40 grants; most are being used to buy copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which churches are giving away as part of the festivities.
Christ Church and St Peter’s Church Mountsorrel in Leicestershire have bought 4,000 copies. On Sunday 8th May they launched their week of prayer with a special service to pray for households in the village. During the week of prayer, every home will be prayed for as members deliver copies of The Servant Queen with an invitation to a party on the village green. Members of the church are pictured adding commemorative labels to the books that they are giving away.

Click here to read more about the dozens of events being planned across Leicester diocese.
The Servant Queen on BBC’s Songs of Praise
Songs of PraiseIf you missed the Songs of Praise broadcast featuring The Servant Queen, you can view it again here. Dozens of radio programmes, newspaper reports, blogs, and websites have featured The Servant Queen; just under 600,000 copies and 375,000 copies of the schools’ version have been ordered to date.

Order copies here.
Scottish gift exchange
The staff of a Scottish nursing home clubbed together to buy copies of The Servant Queen for all the residents. When the residents realised the staff hadn’t kept copies for themselves, they pooled resources to give each staff member their own gift copy
Using The Servant Queen to spread good news
Here’s Hugh Dibbens, Evangelism Adviser for Barking Episcopal Area, Diocese of Chelmsford, explaining how The Servant Queen might be a spiritual bridge in one to one evangelism. Download here (Word Document).
Not just a one-off!
The Queen’s birthday celebrations present an opportunity for churches to bring communities together. The aim of the book is to start a conversation. The hope is that the parties, special services and other events will spark new connections. Don’t let the events be a one-off. Aim to hold a Harvest supper or Thanksgiving meal; a Christmas carols festival and an Easter celebration in a rhythm of mission with other churches in your area
Become a HOPE Rev advocate

Momentum is building around youth-led evangelism and HOPE Revolution is keen to involve the young people in your church. Check out the recently updated advocate pack detailing the new ‘HOPE Rev Roadshow’, the ‘Step Out Tour’ as well as others ways that HOPE Revolution can support and resource you in youth-led mission in the build up to 2018. Step Out Tour bookings are still being taken.

We can’t do this without you
HOPE is building towards 2018 and a massive year of mission in every village, town and city. Denominational leaders have given their backing to this year of mission, and HOPE will continue to be a catalyst with ideas and resources for individuals and churches to use. If you are linked to a network of churches in your area, and would like to be a HOPE practitioner please contact us here. We pray regularly for the work of HOPE’s practitioners and send special email updates roughly every six weeks, with advance details of HOPE’s plans. There are also occasional Practitioners’ gatherings to share ideas and pray together. HOPE practitioners are our first point of contact in each area – all we ask is that you pass on HOPE news and ideas to your network.
Mission Workbook
Enlist your church members
as Game Changers

The Gamechangers Mission Workbook published with Spring Harvest is the latest HOPE resource. The six sessions focus on the Game Changers in Acts and are designed to help small groups engage with the Scriptures.

Find out more here.

Praying for you

Thanks to all who have been in touch to let us know how you are using The Servant Queen. We love to hear your stories so we can pray for you. God bless all you are doing in Jesus’ name.

Love from the HOPE team