News Update March 2018
Easter is an amazing opportunity to talk to people about Jesus. The shops might be full of Easter bunnies and fluffy chicks, but it is our opportunity to talk to people about Easter’s real meaning. The HOPE team is praying that this Easter, every church will be outward looking, inviting local people to join the celebrations of Easter Sunday. We are praying that each Easter service will help unchurched visitors discover for themselves the power of the resurrection to change lives. We are praying that churches will be welcoming and visitor-friendly, with opportunities for guests to find out more through Christianity Explored, Alpha, or other ‘Just Looking’ courses. Use Easter to build a bridge to people in your village, town or city. As Paul reminded the Corinthian church ‘We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us’. 2 Corinthians 5:20.
Say, Give, Invite…
COVER-Hope-at-Easter-coverWe are thrilled that so many churches wanted to use our HOPE at Easter magazine to distribute to local homes. All 274,000 copies have now been ordered, but we still have copies of the gift book ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ available in packs of 10 to give as gifts to guests at your church services this Easter.

The aim of these publications is so that every Christian has something to say, something to give and an invitation to offer. The magazines and the books are conversation starters. They give Christians easy ways to start talking about Jesus. As gifts to give, they help people explore for Who-doyou-say-I-amthemselves why Jesus died. And by delivering them door-to-door, they make it easy to offer an invitation to an Easter guest service.

If you are using ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ or HOPE at Easter, please do tell us how you used the magazine. 
Visit every home this Easter
Have you ever visited every home in your area? Churches that do, and give a gift – like a mini Easter egg, a Hot Cross Bun, a card or a magazine – tell us that the response is almost always warm and friendly. And people come to church as a result. The best time to catch people at home is Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, we are told. Get together with your home group. Choose a few local streets. Walk, pray and be ready with something to say,something to give and an invitation to offer. Let us know, and we will be praying for you as you go.
Christmas-HOPE-CoversChristmas HOPE
Of course it is way too early to talk about Christmas – but if you are planning HOPE 2018 in your area, we will be producing a 2018 Christmas HOPE magazine for you to distribute home to home with an invitation to your church’s Christmas events. At the end of the summer, we will be taking pre-print orders to gauge the demand. If we could have anticipated the demand for the Easter magazine, and printed 300,000 copies in one print-run, we could have saved 5p a copy. If you want to contribute to the cost of our magazine project, please visit HOPE’s giving page 
Talking Jesus LogoTalking Jesus – Spring Harvest launch
A new Talking Jesus course is to be launched at Spring Harvest. This 6-session, video-based course, is being made in response to the Talking Jesus research to help equip every Christian to talk about Jesus naturally, relevantly and effectively. Please pray with us that God will inspire the video team as the final footage is shot and edited.
St-Davids-DaySt David’s Day mini-magazines
Churches in Wales used a specially produced English/ Welsh mini-magazine around St David’s Day, to invite local people to Easter services.

Please pray that these 12,000 mini-magazines will bear fruit.
Keep in touch
Thanks for partnering with us to make Jesus known with words and action as part of HOPE 2018. We love to hear what your church is doing, so we can pray for you. Do get in touch if we can serve you in any way.

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