News Update Christmas 2016
Glimpses of glory
‘The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes…’ (John 1:14, The Message)

Christmas reminds us that Jesus is present with us in our communities and when we share God’s love in words and action, people catch a glimpse of his glory. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus prays for us, that we would have the same glory that God gave him (John 17:22). And in that same prayer he prays that we will be united. 

Throughout this year we have been thrilled to hear how churches are working together, serving communities, and talking about Jesus. The church leaders I talk to across the country have a sense that we are moving into a new season. God seems to be prompting people to believe that now is time to reap what we’ve sown. Regional groups of churches are preparing for mission together in 2018 – watch the new video from Jonny GIos showing how churches in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire are working together under the banner of HOPE Community. We are believing that God can do more than we ask or imagine; that the church will grow significantly as a result of all we do together in 2018. As we celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas let’s dream about new ways to bring God’s glory into our neighbourhoods.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's Executive Director
Video HOPE Community launched in North West
The past year has seen the churches in Cumbria working at the heart of their community helping people to recover from the floods that wrecked homes last winter. One of HOPE’s practitioners Rev Jonny Gios, who has been the Community Worker for Sandylands Methodist Church, was one of those from Cumbria recognised at a Flood Heroes’ reception in 10 Downing Street. In the New Year Jonny starts work with a newly launched charity called Hope Community to be launched on 18 February 2017. Hope Community is a regional expression of HOPE and will be working in the North West of England putting the national HOPE values into practice across the region. How will churches in your area work together in 2018 using words and action make Jesus known?
FridayFocusFriday Focus prayers
Start 2017 praying with us. Download our Friday Focus prayers to use each week. Friday Focus for January and February 2017 is available to download in colour, black and white or large print here.

HOPE job vacancies

Contact HOPE for details of two job vacancies in the HOPE office in Rugby

  • An administrator serving HOPE's vision for youth and building towards 2018  – good telephone manner essential
  • An intern to travel with Roy Crowne – able to take photos, make and edit short videos and record podcasts (accommodation provided)
Screen Shot 2016-12-16 at 1419Carol singers – get the App!
Going carol singing this Christmas? Download the free Carol Words app so you can see the words in the dark – more than 900 people have installed the app on Apple and more than 500 on Android.

HOPE-2018-Cover-smallHOPE 2018 brochures

HOPE is working towards 2018 and a year of mission together to make Jesus know. We’d love you and your church to be part of this. Visit the HOPE shop to order free copies of the HOPE 2018 brochure to help churches in your area to catch the vision.

We hope you have an amazing Christmas and a hope-filled New Year

Love from the HOPE team