News Update January 2017
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‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.’ Colossians 4:2-6

Sometimes scriptures leap off the page as if they are God’s special word for today. When the leadership team met at the start of the year, Laurence Singlehurst and Jane Holloway both had a sense that God was speaking to us through these words of Paul to the Colossians. We all agreed. Jane has developed HOPE’s Friday Focus prayer strategy from these verses, and Laurence has written a blog, which you can read here. As we prepare for mission together in 2018 let’s pray that God opens doors for Jesus’ message of hope.

Watch the video above to be encouraged by Balbinder's story - one of several inspiring videos on the Great Commission website, where you can also find links to a wide range of evangelism initiatives, tools and resources.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's Executive Director
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RCCG take the lead in prayer 
Join with us as we pray through the year. The Redeemed Christian Church of God has taken the lead in praying with us. Each week throughout 2017 two RCCG churches are praying every day for the evangelization of the UK. From 25th May to 4th June – Ascension Day to Pentecost – as Thy Kingdom Come goes global, all the RCCG churches will be fasting and praying daily for the UK. Plan to join us praying ‘that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ’. Friday Focus prayers are available to download as a resource every two months, or you can sign up to receive the prayer by email each Friday
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Church leaders go to prison

Prison Hope got off to a great start in 2017 when 26 Rugby church leaders were invited to breakfast by David Spademan, Managing Chaplain at HMP Onley. He said: ‘As a chaplain I am passionate to get church leaders into prison to show them how they can help support men and women in prison and on release.’

The leaders enjoyed a cooked breakfast in the Lock Inn, the prison’s training catering facility. They also spent time in the Prison Chapel for worship and to ask questions about work in the prison. Then 14 of the leaders toured some of the training workshops and heard about how the men are helped to find employment and accommodation after leaving prison. For many of the leaders it was their first time in prison. The aim was to break down preconceptions and to explore ways for them and their congregations to partner with the prison Chaplaincy Team. It is hoped that many prison chaplains will link with local churches in this way through Prison Hope. Visit www.prisonhope.org.uk to find out how your church can get involved in your area. 
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A church in Sibson, Leicestershire, brought the whole community together over Christmas using flyers, the Christmas HOPE magazine, a Christmas wreath-making event, a carol service and carol singing round the Christmas tree – 150 people took part from a village of just 80 homes.

In Eccles, copies of the magazine were distributed door-to-door. One woman answered the door and immediately said ‘No thank you’ but when she saw the wrapped present from the church, with the Christmas HOPE magazine, chocolates, the church prayer card and information about church events, she changed her mind. The church is already planning a special Valentine’s Day meal to build further links with their community.

Mary Berry and Bear Grylls’ stories proved to be a hit when churches distributed Christmas HOPE in December. 100,000 copies this pilot magazine were used by churches to make connections with their communities. If you weren’t part of the pilot project you can still read the stories at www.christmashope.org. Thanks to all who took part. We have been hugely encouraged by your feedback. Please pray for us as we consider whether to develop this magazine idea for the future.
Something to give, something to say…
and an invitation to explore 


How do we proclaim the ‘mystery of Christ’ clearly? This Easter, HOPE and our partners have three fantastic tools for churches to use: a book, a video and a course.

Who-doyou-say-I-amThe book: ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ is written for your non-Christian friends and neighbours; the people you will be inviting to your church’s Easter guest service; people who are among the 39% in the UK who don’t know if Jesus is a real person. ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ is published in partnership with Christian Vision, in the same quality format as ‘The Servant Queen’. It takes readers on a journey of discovery using words and pictures to help you explain the mystery of the cross.

The video: Designed for you to show in church on Easter Sunday, this 3-minute video accompanies the book, helping people to explore the question Jesus asked: ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ Footage for this short video has been shot in Israel to show places Jesus lived, with interviews exploring the evidence and experience of lives changed. 

The course: Life Explored is a seven-part series from Christianity Explored featuring a combination of short films, shot around the world. We have three of the series available to download as a sample of the complete course. Life Explored is an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), the course shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself. Life Explored can be used one-to-one, or with larger groups.

Full details of how to order the book and where to download the videos will be available at the start of February on the HOPE website.
HOPE-2018-Cover-smallBuilding to 2018
HOPE’s dream is a growing church, showing Jesus’ love and telling the Jesus story, at the heart of every community – and there’s a sense, across the UK, that it’s time for a spiritual harvest. We’d love you to be involved.

Contact the HOPE Office to let us know your plans or to ask one of the HOPE team to speak at a leaders’ event.  The HOPE 2018 vision is presented in a new 16-page brochure. Visit the HOPE shop to order free copies to give away to churches in your area. For orders of 2,000 copies or more contact the HOPE Office.
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Inspiration on reaching young people

Get inspired at the YEC Conference on 25th February 2017. The Youth Evangelism Conference - theYECuk - is a one day event to inspire leaders to greater confidence in reaching young people. It is run by YFC, Alpha, HOPE, Scripture Union, Urban Saints and the Church of England working in partnership. The aim is to see a culture-changing number of young people finding faith in Jesus. To book your place at this fantastic event check out the website here. The cost is only £35 for the full day’s conference. However, this becomes half price, £17.50, for all those who unite with us in empowering young people for mission by becoming a HOPE Revolution advocate for your area. In signing up you will receive a code for your discount. A vision goes further when it is shared. Join with us in the exciting adventure.
Download the Youth Evangelism Conference Flyer here
Download the Press Release here