News Update January 2018
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Welcome to HOPE 2018. As we start this significant year of mission together, I’ve been thinking about the transition from 7 to 8 in the Bible – 7 signifies the end of something and 8 starts a new era of resurrection or regeneration. As we approach this year and HOPE 2018, it would be great to see regeneration of our villages, towns and cities, and the power of the resurrection changing lives over this next year. So let’s embrace HOPE 2018, expecting God to bring new life in this new year. 

Roy Crowne
HOPE’s executive director
Pray with us

Roy--Yemi


HOPE leadership team and board members began the year praying together for HOPE 2018. HOPE’s associate director Yemi Adedeji led us in prayer with three themes drawn from Colossians 4:2-6. Please add your prayers to ours:
  1. Thanking God for all he has prepared, to make 2018 a year when churches in the UK can make a difference together.
  1. Praying that God will open doors for the message of the gospel through the villages, towns and cities where there is already interest and involvement in HOPE 2018, as well as in new areas; also in prisons as inmates are reading ’40 Stories of Hope’. 
  1. Praying that we will be wise in the way we act to others, with big hearts full of grace for the people we meet; and that we would have words that bring life.

HOPE’s Friday Focus prayers preparing for HOPE 2018 have now ended, but every month Flossie Crowne compiles the daily prayer calendar for HOPE. You can request it from Flossie as an email, or you can download it from the website here.

Thanks for partnering with us
Magazines and goodie bags

Christmas Hope 2017 magazineThanks to all who distributed Christmas HOPE: 470,000 copies were ordered and used in loads of creative ways. The Elim Life Church in North Birmingham used a Santa’s sleigh to visit 2,100 local houses over three nights. Each home received a goodie bag, containing chocolates, a Christmas invitation and a Christmas Hope magazine. Christmas Hope was also given to all of the people who attend their community groups (lunch club, English Language School, toddlers group, foodbank ) as well as to guests at their special Christmas services. Other churches were equally creative, giving away copies of the magazine with Christmas crackers, baubles, mince pies and knitted Christmas tree decorations. As well as residents and guest service-goers, recipients included regulars in local pubs for Beer & Carols events, line dancers, football supporters, Christmas market shoppers, prisoners, work colleagues at a cathedral carol service and 10,000 customers at The Entertainer toy stores.
Yarn Bombing!

If you are looking for creative ideas for Christmas 2018 – watch this Angel Yarn Bombing video from in Shoreham-by-Sea – and start knitting for Christmas 2018! 
HOPE 2018 is here
Churches in villages, towns and cities across the country are making final preparations for this special year of mission together, to make Jesus known though our words and actions. It’s not too late to get started. Visit the HOPE website and use the video and calendar to plan for HOPE 2018 in your area. Could your home group agree together on one project to make Jesus known in your area? Visit the HOPE shop for copies of the calendar and other resources so you have something to say, something to give, and an invitation to offer.
Open doors
Setting prisoners free
We have been so encouraged by the response to Prison HOPE and the book 40 Stories of HOPE. One prison has ordered 1000 copies and already prisoners are writing to us 40 Stories of HOPEtelling us about the impact on them as they’ve read the stories about the difference Jesus makes in prisoners’ lives. One prison chaplain told us about a prisoner who attend the chapel service for sex attackers, paedophiles and gang leaders who can’t mix with other prisoners. After the service one of these inmates prayed a prayer of commitment to Christ, the chaplain said, and he persuaded his pad mate to read the book. She added, ‘I’ve heard nothing but praise for it and the prisoners are telling other prisoners to read it. As they say, there’s no finer advertising than a satisfied customer!’

40 Stories of HOPE is not just for prisoners. The 40 devotionals and group studies can be used by individuals, home groups and Lent groups in any context. Find out more here.
Young people head west for HOPE Bristol
Bristol

Hundreds of young people from all over the UK are joining with HOPE and Soul Survivor in Bristol this April for five-days, learning together and showing God’s love in practical ways. Spread the word, bring a small group from your church and book before the deadline of 31st January at www.soulsurvivor.com/book
HOPE partners with 40 Acts
40actsJoin thousands of others on a mission to make a generous impact on your community – sign up for the 40 Acts challenge to do Lent generously. During 2017 100,000+ individuals and thousands of groups took the 40 Acts challenge. Lent starts on 14th February 2018. Find out more at 40acts.org.uk
Wise words
HOPE is committed to helping every Christian to put their faith into words.
Often having something to give away opens up opportunities for conversations.
Easter-HOPE-Cover-smallMagazines – a conversation starter
Hope at Easter will be available by mid February. The magazine, designed by the same CPO team that worked on Christmas HOPE, is an ideal give-away to help you invite local residents to your Easter guest services. We will also be producing an un-dated magazine for use throughout the summer.
St-Davids-DaySt David’s Day celebrations

HOPE is partnering with churches in Wales to produce an 8-page mini-magazine in English and Welsh to give away around St David’s Day, inviting local people to Easter guest services.
HOPE-Greater-LoveRemembrance
This year Remembrance Sunday is on 11th November, when the Commonwealth will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. HOPE is working with denominations and ministries to provide resources to use around this significant milestone in our national history.
Talking Jesus – the course
We are working on an exciting new six-week, video-based course to be launched at Spring Harvest 2018 to help us learn from each other as we make Jesus known.
Tell the Jesus story this Good Friday
One Friday provides ideas and resources for inter-church and community groups to re-tell the story of the Passion of Jesus in creative ways, particularly on Good Friday. Find out more at onefriday.info
We hope this gives you a flavour of the year ahead. If each church plans to do one more thing in mission under the HOPE banner, together with God’s help we can make a difference. 

Do let us know how we can serve you and pray for you as you make Jesus known
Have a hope-filled New Year.

Love from the HOPE team