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News Update June 2016
It’s a significant time for our nation as we celebrate the Queen’s birthday and also as we vote in the EU referendum. What we do matters. I am reminded of the story of Mordecai and Esther. She was enjoying the favour of the king, but Mordecai challenged her to speak out:
‘…who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’
God has given each of us a role. Esther was a woman who had a privileged position, but she also knew she was there for a purpose. God has given us different positions in our communities. Let’s ask for his guidance to act and speak in Jesus’ name so that we can fulfill his purposes.
HOPE's Executive Director
Royal birthday celebrations nationwide
Today, a Christian service of thanksgiving was the first official royal engagement to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. As she has said, ‘
For me the life of Jesus Christ, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life
’ so it is appropriate that top priority has gone to thanking God for her life.
to find out how churches and communities throughout the country and Commonwealth are celebrating and using copies of
The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
to point people to the Queen’s ‘
’ and ‘
’ – Jesus Christ. There has been lots of media coverage about the book.
to watch HOPE’s Communications Director on ‘Education Talk’ discussing the Queen and her faith and click
to read Catherine's blog on how Christians in her town are using the book.
More and more churches are leaving their buildings each summer to hold fun days and festivals, and to serve their neighbourhood clearing waste land and decorating play areas.
for inspiration from churches that held events in 2015.
Serving communities – bringing hope
HOPE practitioner Jonny Gios has been working with churches and community groups in Kendal to recover after Storm Desmond hit Cumbria last winter. A team of 93 volunteers from the South Lakeland Community Flood Recovery Group gathered to visit 900 homes in the worst affected parts of the town on a Saturday earlier this year. The group, who have been providing both practical and emotional support to flood victims, wanted to help householders apply for grants and to assist with the removal of debris. Together the volunteers from 22 organisations gave a total of 388 hours and served 256 cups of tea through the day. They were able to visit 95% of the 900 properties affected. Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said, ‘The Rebuilding Our Communities event was a further example of the fantastic community spirit of our area, helping those still suffering the effects of the floods.’
HOPE encourages churches to do more together in mission in words and action. Let us know about projects in your area to serve your community – especially any that have continued since Hope08.
HOPE is working with the Church of England and Prison Chaplains to bring fresh hope to prisoners in 2017. Plans are being made for missions in every prison. The hope is that each prison will be linked with local churches who can pray and support prison work. Prisoners are also being invited to contribute to a book about hope, to be available in the run-up to Easter 2017.
Roy Crowne, Dr Rachel Jordan Wolfe and other members of the HOPE leadership team are taking bookings to gatherings of local church leaders to launch HOPE 2018. Contact the
if you would like to book a speaker to help develop a vision for mission in your area in 2018.
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