Churches give away Christmas HOPE
Christmas is firmly on the agenda of local churches – already 100,000 copies of the glossy magazine Christmas HOPE have been snapped up by churches preparing to make the festive season an opportunity to start conversations about Jesus and the reason for the Christmas season.
Christmas HOPE is a 32-page give-away magazine to help churches connect with their local community. Topical features and eye-catching photos draw readers into an easy-to-read publication packed with testimonies and stories that point to the hope Jesus gives.
Toy-seller Gary Grant of The Entertainer toy shop chain explains why he is making room for Jesus in the windows of all his toy stores this Christmas. A former rough-sleeper describes how faith has helped him turn his life around. TV presenter Simon Thomas talks about how his Christian faith has supported him through the past year since his wife died.
There’s also a thread running through the magazine about prayer. The cover feature highlights the prayer Prince William and Kate Middleton wrote for their wedding; gratitude was their starting point. Also, at Prince Louis’ christening they used Paul’s famous prayer from Ephesians to pray for their son. Their prayers are featured in Christmas HOPE alongside the story of Adun, one of the teenagers who was trapped in a Thai cave – he is a Christian and he prayed from the cave, asking God for help. Leeds Rhinos rugby player Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Karen Gibson from The Kingdom Choir, who sang at Harry & Meghan’s wedding, are also featured in Christmas HOPE talking about prayers they have prayed.
This Christmas is the third year that HOPE and Hope for Every Home have published a Christmas HOPE magazine, to help Christians share Christ with people and welcome them into their church.
Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director says, ‘We hope churches will use Christmas HOPE as a conversation-starter to invite people to discover Jesus for themselves. It's a great gift to deliver to homes with an invitation to Christmas carols services.’
Visit hopetogether.org.uk/Christmas to preview the magazine and order copies.