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News Update - 8 January  2021
We start this New Year locked down in the midst of a global pandemic that has shaped 2020 and is continuing to shape 2021. More than ever we need the HOPE that only God can bring and we need to be the people of HOPE in our villages, towns and cities. 

So many churches have been that source of HOPE throughout 2020 and we need to lean deeply into our God for his strength and encouragement as we face the on-going challenge to be the people of HOPE in 2021. This HOPE can only be found in one place - in the presence of God himself, the giver of life and light and hope which we find in Jesus. As we begin this year together let’s lean into him who is the only one who can provide for us, for our church families and for our communities. 
Start the New Year with greater wellbeing –
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The first session of The Wellbeing Journey for adults is available to view.

This course is for everyone - those outside your church not just those inside. Invite your friends and family,  your neighbours, or the members of your gym, schools and colleges or community groups to join you online to explore wellbeing from God’s perspective.

Several churches are starting the series next week and already, one pioneer minister in the Church of England’s Leicester Diocese is planning to use it across the 120 churches she works with.

There is a Wellbeing Journey for young people and one for children as well. You can watch the promo for the young people’s version below.
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Dan Randall, our youth director, says, ‘Young people have been particularly hard hit in this pandemic at a formative stage in their lives. The Youth Wellbeing series will enable the church to get alongside them at this vulnerable time.’

Rachel Jordan-Wolf, HOPE’s new executive director, says: ‘As the UK goes into lockdown, it’s an ideal time to bring people together online. Local churches are in a unique place to lead communities on this holistic journey to improved physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. This is such a significant moment in the life of our nations – let’s seize this opportunity to bring life and wholeness to the people in our communities through the plan that God has for them.’

Resources now available at www.wellbeingjourney.org include
  • The first session 
  • Free resources for children
  • The Youth Series promotional film
  • The book “God’s Plan For Your Wellbeing”  - just £5 per book for 20 or more
  • Free posters, fliers and invitations for you to print
  • Free social media graphics for you to use
You can buy the series from the HOPE shop. The pricing is based on a package licence model, which depends on how you plan to use the series. Please honour the terms of any package licence you purchase. The full series, the Youth series and the Leaders’ Guide will be available to start from 17 January.

Do get in touch with the HOPE office if you have any questions so we can help you to use this exciting new resource.
God's not restricted by lockdown
HOPE-in-uncertain-timesPeople in lockdown need good news to reach them behind their closed doors. Could you and your church send HOPE in Uncertain Times, a small booklet full of the great news of the HOPE that we have in Jesus? You could pay for it to be delivered through every door in your community. You could display free copies outside your home or church for people to pick up as they walk past. You could write a letter to someone you know and pop this booklet of HOPE inside.
 
Angie Godsell from Bredon, near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, said: ‘I ordered 25 initially, but was so struck by the presentation and clear Christian message, that I thought it would be brilliant if every home in the parish I live in, could receive a copy.’ Angie ordered 1,000 copies.

Order copies of HOPE in Uncertain Times here. Preview it here.
Reach people through the internet
We can’t visit people in their houses but we can post on social media which reaches them right where they are. Post a prayer for a friend on www.hopespaces.com and then tell them about it so that they can try praying too. 41% of people say that an experience was key in their coming to faith, so let’s help those we know experience God for themselves.
News from the HOPE team
HOPE Together team changes for 2021
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HOPE Together has a new executive director. From the start of 2021 Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf becomes executive director to lead HOPE Together in the UK, taking over from Roy Crowne who has led HOPE since 2008. Rachel has worked closely with HOPE Together since 2010, when she was the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism Advisor.

‘We’re still really committed to evangelism being at the heart of the church,’ Rachel said as she takes on the role. ‘We are committed to mission and to the local church in villages, towns and cities. And we are committed to do this together across denominations and across ethnicities to make Jesus known with words and action. We are also committed to a new generation. We want to take HOPE further than it has been, engaging with millennials and with digital culture as well.’

‘I am really excited – it’s a great appointment,’ Roy said. ‘As an evangelist Rachel brings that passion to make Jesus known to this role. She has been part of HOPE on the leadership team since 2010 and has the same values that we have cultivated together over the past 10 years.’
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In this exciting new phase Roy Crowne becomes HOPE’s president with a new global remit, taking the HOPE ethos and ministry model around the world. He will also be investing in the next generation of entrepreneurial evangelists. Once travel restrictions are removed, Roy will be taking the HOPE vision to other countries. ‘We have something unique in the UK with diverse churches coming together for the purpose of mission. HOPE will be taking that message further to see if we can help churches in some other countries work together, making Jesus known with words and actions.’ 

Rachel added, ‘We want to model what we want to see right across the church – that beauty of unity and diversity. It is something we have worked at and have loved, and we want that to carry on.’ 

HOPE’s associate director Yemi Adedeji said, ‘We have seen diverse ethnic churches working together, but it is just the starting point. Working with Rachel and looking to the future we believe the future is better with more diverse engagement with different ethnicities and denominations. God wants us to work in unity.
With love and prayers as we start this New Year from the HOPE Together team


 
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