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5 June 2020

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There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it... 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

HOPE Together helps churches make Jesus know, with words as well as actions, together. That has meant being intentional about building bridges with churches of all denominations and ethnicities, for the sake of mission. Jesus prayed: ‘…that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me’ (John 18:23). Our unity speaks volumes and shows the world what God is like. We have had lots to learn on this journey of unity for the purpose of mission.
This week our brothers and sisters in the BAME churches have been suffering following the death of George Floyd in the USA. We share their pain. Our good friend Pastor Agu Irukwu from the Redeemed Christian Church of God has recorded his own wise, powerful and challenging response, which you can watch here. Let’s be people who demonstrate Jesus’ love to the world, by the way we love one another.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director 

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Talking HOPE 

Talking HOPE is our Facebook Live event on Monday evenings from 8pm, hosted by associate director Yemi Adedeji, with Roy Crowne and members of the HOPE team. Last week’s guests on Talking HOPE were Lindz West from LZ7, who is seeing hundreds of young people responding to Jesus through his ‘Cabin Fever’ shows from his converted loft; Stephen Elphick from HOPE Bedford who talked about the HOPE Space that has been established in Bedford town centre, and Pastor Tunde Balogun from Kingsborough Church in Uxbridge, who explained how a foodbank parcel given to a local woman saved her life. The Uxbridge foodbank network, which involves 30 churches, and has been given responsibility for food distribution throughout the borough during the Covid-19 crisis. You can catch up on last week’s episode of Talking HOPE by watching the video above, and join us on Facebook Live on Monday from 8pm for another episode and more great guests.
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Clevedon’s market stall HOPE Space

On the first morning after lockdown that market stalls were allowed to open in Clevedon in Somerset, Clevedon Baptist Church were out giving away copies of Mark’s Gospel and connecting with market traders and their customers. They also had copies of the HOPE Spaces prayer card to give away to encourage people to bring their concerns to God.

Senior Minister Rev Antony Wareham says, ‘We have booked a weekly market stall in Clevedon Market and our chaplaincy team will be there to talk, listen and support people. We have also organised how we can make the foyer of our church a HOPE Space, with social distancing taken into account, as soon as we are able to open up! We are praying that many people in our community will meet with Jesus as we engage in mission.’

Churches Together in Clevedon formed the Clevedon Chaplaincy Team in 2018 to serve the retail and business communities in the town centre to be alongside people in their everyday lives and to be a pastoral Christian presence in the workplace. As a result of the relationships built with Clevedon Market, they were offered the market stall free of charge.
HOPE-Spaces-Logo-White-MediumHOPE Spaces online
We are developing an online HOPE Space as well as adapting our HOPE Spaces resources to conform to social distancing guidelines. You can download resources from the HOPE website at hopetogether.org.uk/hopespaces
Prayer in Parliament 
Spread the word about this year’s National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. The annual event will be livestreamed on Tuesday 30 June 8.30-9.00am. The theme is ‘Hope and peace in a time of fear and suffering’ and the event will include prayers led by parliamentarians, hymns led by special guest singers and a keynote address by the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin. The event is free, but you must register via Eventbrite in order to receive access. For more information visit the website here
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Young evangelists not held back by lockdown...

The first Amplify year is coming to an end. The amazing young people, who are developing as evangelists, have been proactively sharing their faith in so many different ways. One of those brilliant young evangelists is Euan. You can watch him tell some of his story in the video above.

If you know a young person who is passionate about sharing his or her faith, then you can apply for them today to join the Amplify mentoring year, which starts in September. Visit the Amplify website to find out more: www.advance2020.org/amplify
Welcome to the Future 
The free, downloadable booklets ‘Everybody Welcome to the Future’ and ‘Everybody Welcome Online’ present some new survey findings, suggest how to make the most of the present situation and also how to plan for the future where churches will have both in-person and online dimensions. This research been carried out with the support of the Durham University Centre for Digital Theology and CPAS.

Download them here:
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We are praying that God will bless you and encourage you whether you are still in lockdown, at work or at home. Do let us know how we can support you and what resources might help you make Jesus known at this time.

Love from the HOPE Together team

PS - as facemarks are to be compulsory on public transport, would you be interested in buying a washable, re-usable HOPE mask from us with the wording 'Ask me about HOPE'? Email yes or no. (This doesn't commit you but will help us decide whether or not to have them made.)
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