News Update February 2017
Rachel-Jordan
This year at HOPE we are praying especially that ‘God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ’ (Colossians 4:3). 
Many of you have been on this journey with us since Hope08. We are now building towards 2018 and a massive year of mission together, making Jesus known with words and actions.
In the past couple of months I’ve been invited to speak at leaders’ events in dozens of villages, towns and cities: Litchfield, Trowbridge, Sheffield, North Devon, Eastbourne … and many more. All over the country churches of all denominations are preparing for HOPE 2018 as mission plans gain momentum.
This Easter we are thrilled to be working with CV and Life Explored to offer churches a book, a 4-minute film and an explorers’ course to use as we make Jesus known. The Talking Jesus research (talkingjesus.org) shows that four in ten people in the UK don’t know if Jesus was a real person. Use Who Do You Say I Am? and make your Easter services great guest services this year, helping people to discover who Jesus is, why he died and what his resurrection means for us today.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's Executive Director

HOPE-2018-Cover-small HOPE 2018
Find out more about HOPE 2018 here.
We’d love to send you free copies of the HOPE 2018 brochure to help you spread the word in your area.
Rhythm of Mission Rhythm of Mission
HOPE’s goal is to leave a lasting legacy of a rhythm of mission though the church calendar. We want mission to become part of the DNA of every church. Easter is a key mission moment – an opportunity to hold an amazing Easter guest service for the people in your community. That’s why we’ve worked with our partners to produce the Who Do You Say I Am? resources. 

The new website www.easterhope.org.uk offers the gift book and a free 4-minute film, which explore the question Jesus Christ asked 2,000 years ago: Who Do You Say I Am? Plus there’s a short course to help people find what makes us truly happy. 
Who-doyou-say-I-amA gift to give
Who Do You Say I Am? looks at evidence and Christian experience to help people find out about Jesus. This beautifully produced, large format paperback, takes readers on a journey of discovery with interviews, testimonies and quotes from the eye-witness accounts in the Gospels. It costs just £11.50 (plus p&p) for a pack of 10 copies. Order copies to give away at your Easter services this year and start a conversation about Jesus.
A film to show
The book Who do you say I am? is accompanied by a 4-minute film that asks the same question Jesus asked his disciples: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Interviews with an astrophysicist, a theologian and an art historian are included alongside footage shot in the Middle East in the places Jesus lived. Download the film to show at your Easter services.

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A course to explore
Life Explored is a 7-part series featuring a combination of short films, shot around the world. The course asks the question ‘What makes you happy?’ and points to Jesus as the one person who can satisfy our deepest desires for happiness.

You can download a free demo of the course, with three episodes from the 7-part series. There is also a free handbook and leaders’ handbook that you can use to help guide you. 
Friday-Focus-logo2Friday Focus
Friday Focus 2017 is the first step towards HOPE 2018 as we unite across our nations, praying together, supporting ongoing mission across the UK and preparing the way for HOPE 2018. Download the prayers for the next two months to share with your church, or sign up to receive the prayers each week by email.
Prison-HopePray for prisons
Prison Hope is a partnership of denominations, prison chaplains and organisations involved with prisoners, former prisoners and their families. We are encouraging local churches inside and outside prison to pray and share hope together. Find out more at www.prisonhope.org.uk.
One Friday logoOne Friday takes the Easter story to the streets
Take the Passion of Jesus onto the streets this Easter with the help of One Friday. One Friday is inviting churches to tell the Easter story with music, drama, public events and exhibitions that will engage their local communities in retelling and responding to the events of the final day of Jesus’ life. Find out more at www.onefriday.info.
Pledge2Pray
thy kingdom come logoJoin the global wave of prayer 25 May - 4 June 2017. Launching this unprecedented worldwide call to prayer, Archbishop Justin Welby said: ‘We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer.’ Churches across the spectrum of denominations are taking part in the 10 days of prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost. You can #pledge2pray as an individual, a home group, a church or as a group of churches together. Find out more at www.thykingdomcome.global
YEC Logo Reaching young people
The YEC Conference at the end of February is now sold out, but you can find lots of HOPE Revolution’s resources and inspiration on reaching young people here.
HOPE Community launched in Cumbria
HOPE practitioner Jonny Gios has launched a new charity to work in Cumbria, Lancashire & Yorkshire, helping churches to respond to needs in their communities. Find out more at www.hope-community.uk As we build towards mission together in 2018, who is taking the lead in your region so churches can work together to make Jesus known? We'd love to support what you do.

Can we pray for you?

We would love to pray specifically for the events you are planning for Easter 2017 and HOPE 2018. Do tell us your plans and let us know if we can serve you in any way.
With love from the HOPE team

 

 
 
 

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