News Update October 2018
Advance 2020
It’s time to reap a harvest
Since HOPE began with Hope08 we have been encouraging churches to do more together to make Jesus known with words AND action. Churches across the UK have been sowing seeds of the gospel faithfully through a rhythm of mission for the past 10 years. The Talking Jesus course is giving many people confidence to talk naturally about their faith. Now, we believe, it is time to prepare for an unprecedented harvest.

On Monday 100 evangelists and leaders of ministries and denominations gathered at Lambeth Palace to launch Advance 2020 (Find out more here). In a few weeks’ time 100 11-18 year-old budding evangelists will spend a weekend training together (Find out more here). HOPE, together with a wide range of partner ministries and denominations, is preparing for 2020 and a ‘reaping year’.

As the country goes through what we expect to be two difficult years politically, let’s be ready to offer the hope only Jesus can give. Jesus’ words seem timely: ‘Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

Thank you for partnering with us in sharing the good news of Jesus.
Pray with us that God will open a door for this message of hope.

Roy Crowne
HOPE’s executive director
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Evangelists, ministries and denominational leaders at the Lambeth Palace launch of Advance 2020 committed to work together to release a new generation to multiply the evangelist’s gifting and bring fresh hope to the country in the next two years. Start planning with others from your church how you can identify those gifted as evangelists, and how you can put on HOPE-themed events in 2020 to be part of bringing in the harvest. Find out more about the Advance 2020 summit here and visit advance2020.org to get involved. Click here to read the press release from the Lambeth Palace launch.
Remembrance 100
Silence-100Thanks to the thousands who have been praying with us through the 100 days leading to Remembrance Sunday. We are thrilled that so many are taking part. In villages, towns and cities preparations are being made for Remembrance festivals, with churches playing a central role in bringing communities together. Orders for the ‘Silence’ gift book are coming in at around 8,000 copies a day, as churches plan to give copies away at Remembrance services. Pray that God meets with many people as they stand in silence to remember the fallen. In London, a celebration of Peace and Hope will take place on 4th November as London churches come together to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and pray for an end to violence on the capital’s streets. Please let us know your plans, as we mark this significant moment in our nation’s history.

Find out more about the London event here.
Christmas is coming…

Christmas-Hope-2018Our 32-page glossy magazine Christmas HOPE is out next week. It is packed with topical features to provide Christians with a conversation-starter as they give the magazines away. Christmas HOPE features the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis; Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Jamie Jones-Buchanan; Adun, one of the 12 teenagers who was trapped in a cave in Thailand recently;  Karen Gibson who leads The Kingdom Choir, plus a child-friendly nativity story, competitions and much more – all designed to help conversations about who Jesus is and to encourage people to try praying.


Copies of Christmas HOPE are now available. Preview the magazine here and order online here.

Sing-Christmas-18Come and Sing the Christmas Story
Churches are an obvious setting for carol singing this Christmas. But how about taking carols onto the streets this year, as a pop-up choir for shoppers or singing door to door. Laurence Singlehurst, one of HOPE’s board members, invites neighbours to sing carols together at his home. Guests take turns to explain what’s their favourite carol and why. And everyone enjoys a Christmas drink together. We are thrilled to be working with Bible Society to provide a new carols booklet 'Come and Sing the Christmas story', which features 12 of the most popular Christmas carols. Order copies here - there are significant discounts for bulk orders.
Thanks so much for partnering with us to make Jesus known together with words and actions. Please let us know how we can serve you.

Love from the HOPE team