News Update April 2017

Jesus prayed ‘May they all be one that the world might believe’ (John 17:21). The verse has been key to HOPE since we began in 2008. Our DNA is to support churches working together, with words and actions, to make Jesus known. We have been excited to hear reports from all over the country of churches reaching out into their communities to make Jesus known over Easter. I was in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday to see the Passion of Christ dramatized by the Wintershall players at the heart of our capital city. (Click here to see scenes from this powerful performance). Manchester also held a city-centre Passion play and, for the sixth year running, Manchester Cathedral clergy were out shining the shoes of the shoppers in Manchester Arndale.

The momentum for the year of mission is growing as we build towards HOPE 2018. We are taking part in church leaders gatherings in Bournemouth, Liverpool, North Devon, Maidstone and in many other areas. Contact the HOPE office if there’s a leaders’ event in your area where we could share the vision for HOPE 2018.
Thanks for all you do to make Jesus known

Roy Crowne
HOPE's Executive Director

17.21 declaration
HOPE is thrilled to be part of an exciting initiative this year called 17.21, which aims to demonstrate unity between different churches and Christian groups across the UK.

More than 100,000 Christians in the UK are expected to be involved in 17.21 as a scroll bearing the words of John 17:21 is taken to leading Christian festivals and conferences that are happening this year. Conference delegates at each event will be invited to make a declaration of a shared life in Christ and to pray for boldness to witness and blessing on communities. Find out more about 17:21 here.
Easter give-away
More than 13,000 copies of Who Do You Say I Am? were given away by rural and urban churches from all denominations over Easter. If you used the book it would be really great to have a conversation with you about how the book was received. Phone or email our new team member, Sue Jennens, in the HOPE office to give her your Easter evangelism stories. Alternatively download this Word document, complete the short questionnaire and email it back to us..

Christmas and Harvest 

We are developing two exciting new partnerships to provide ideas and resources for Harvest and Christmas. The dream is that Harvest in 2017 and 2018 will be a season to build friendships with people in your community or workplace over a shared meal together. And, as part of the rhythm of mission, we will be offering a Christmas magazine to give away and a carols booklet for you to use singing carols door-to-door, singing as a flash-mob in shopping centres or in a karaoke-style Beer and Carols event in your local pub. ONce again we will also be teaming up with Sports Chaplaincy UK to stage community carols events in sports stadiums across the country.
Friday-Focus-logo2Friday Focus Prayers
You can download the prayers for May and June here or email Tasita in the HOPE office to sign up to receive the Friday Focus prayer by email each week.
PrisonHOPELogoSmallPrison HOPE
As part of Prison Hope, we are collecting stories of hope from prisoners, prison staff, their families, and ex-offenders. Forty of the stories will be compiled into a book to be available from autumn 2017. The book - 40 Days of HOPE - will be ideal for use in Lent 2018. If you have a story to tell please contact us – Find out more about Prison Hope here.
thy kingdom come logoThy Kingdom Come
Join the global wave of prayer with churches throughout the UK and across the globe from 25th May - 4th June 2017. Find out more and pledge2pray here
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'A Mile with Jesus' launched on the 25 March 2017 in partnership with HOPE, the World Prayer Centre, Pray for Scotland, 24-7 Prayer, the National Day pf Prayer and Worship, the National Weekend of Prayer and Prayer Storm.

The vision is simple: churches are invited to pick a date during the next two years and to encourage their congregations to go 'A Mile with Jesus' praying as they walk, drive, catch the bus or train, or even sit at home with a map.  Some churches may want to organise special events, but other churches may simply ask people to take part on their chosen date. Our partner, Neighbourhood Prayer, which is behind the project, is hoping to see at last one church in all 3114 postcodes of the UK take part. To sign up click here.
Hope-NottsBringing hope to Nottingham
HOPE Nottingham has been bringing churches together for ten years to make Jesus known in the city. It began in 2007 with HOPE in the Park – an event which attracted 2,000 people. The local churches built on that success and set up HOPE Nottingham. Nigel Adams, right, who is the director of the charity, joined the national HOPE office team meeting in April so we could hear first-hand how HOPE Nottingham works with churches all over the city. Together they are bringing change to communities with projects like drop-in centres, Healing on the Streets and shared Alpha courses. They support 15 Foodbanks, a community allotment, literacy classes, a computer club and much more. Visit the HOPE Nottingham website to find out more.
Easy evangelism

ChristianityAdding the web address to church posters, websites, invitations and publicity could be the easiest evangelism you ever do. Every week 1,000 people visit to ask questions about the Christian faith. The website is run by one of HOPE’s partners, the Christian Enquiry Agency. Visit their website to see how easy it is for you to help people find out more about Jesus. 

Mission Academy Live
In preparation for 2018, plans are underway for an exciting evolution of Mission Academy.
The HOPE Revolution leadership team met yesterday to plan the Mission Academy Live launch in both London and Sheffield next month.
Mission Academy Live will still include young people dreaming, planning and delivering word and action mission ideas together, but there will be a greater focus on small groups and ongoing accountability. The focus is on empowering young people to make the most of every opportunity to reach their peers for a Jesus. A stack of work behind the scenes is now underway to pioneer this nation-changing initiative. Please do pray for all our partners as plans take shape ready for the launch next month.
Building to HOPE 2018
As we build towards a massive year of mission together in 2018, we’d love to hear your stories of how churches in your area are working together under the HOPE banner so we can pray for you and encourage others with your stories.