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News Update - 20 January  2021
Learning lessons from lockdown

Rachel-JWHe said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

We have started this year in lockdown 3 in a time of global disruption. Everyone’s lives are being affected across the globe. We are all being forced to live differently. 

I walked through the city of London earlier this week, praying, listening to God and seeing how the city is silent, on pause, waiting. Pause and disruption can be pivotal. A time to reflect, a time to learn new skills and a time of change. Let’s embrace the good pieces of the change. 

This isn’t to trivialise the loss and pain that people are feeling but it is to look to the horizon and see what good might emerge. Personally, I want carry on walking and chatting when I meet a friend, rather than sitting in a coffee shop. What new habit do you want to keep personally?

In HOPE we’ll think twice before we book a train ticket, saving the planet and travelling less because we know, for some of our meetings, we can use Zoom. In fact, HOPE can go global from our laptops and phones as those in other countries become as close digitally as the person who lives in the next town. Think of what this means for taking the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth!

Here at HOPE we are walking through a period of transition at a fitting time of disruption. We want to hold on to what is good about HOPE, at the same time as changing for the future.  Your partnership as we go forward is as vital as ever. You’re part of the team as we stretch to go further. Will you pray for us at this time?

Rachel Jordan-Wolf
Executive director, HOPE Together
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The Wellbeing Journey goes live

Churches across the country are launching The Wellbeing Journey www.wellbeingjourney.org. This new eight-part series will help churches lead their communities on a journey to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. 

The series is presented by Simon Thomas (Prime Video Sport/ Sky Sports/ Blue Peter) and Joanna Adeyinka-Burford (BBC, Channel 5, Nickelodeon), with contributions from experts and Bible teachers like Will van der Hart, Associate Vicar at St Dionis Parsons Green, in London, who is one of the directors of the Mind and Soul Foundation. Watch the video above for Will van der Hart’s suggestions to limit the impact of Covid-19 on our wellbeing.

A Youth Wellbeing Journey runs in parallel with the adult series – watch the youth promo here.
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Thank you all so much for joining us for Prayer2020 – you’ve made a difference.
 
We want the emphasis on prayer to carry on into 2021 and we know that we need God’s help more than ever. Our communities are all being affected by the pandemic: our schools, hospitals, neighbours, churches, friends and families… so let’s not stop praying.

In 2021 we’d love you to join us walking and praying around your neighbourhood for prayerwalk21. We know some of you are continuing to pray this year on the 21st of each month. That’s such good news. Whatever time, wherever you live, whilst we’re able and permitted to walk – let’s walk and talk to the one who has the power to act and bring change – prayerwalk21. Share the video below and invite your church to pray.
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The Youth Evangelism Conference will be happening online this year on Saturday 27 February 2021. This year’s conference will be exploring the theme of ‘Passing on the Gospel'.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing young people find and follow Jesus for themselves, and as Peter shares ‘We need to always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have’. Whilst we might take that to heart, we need to consider how many opportunities we truly give for young people to hear and respond to the gospel themselves.

Do we leave it to others to ‘pass on the gospel’ expecting that it is the role of their friends, of the festivals and events we take them to…pretty much anyone apart from us? If so, we would love you to join us at YEC 2021, to instil a new confidence in the power of the gospel to change lives, and no longer  ‘Pass on sharing the gospel’, but to be ‘Passing on the gospel’ at every opportunity.

For more information on sessions, speakers and booking; head to - theyec.uk

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Webinars to help churches support the bereaved

As many people are grieving and lockdown is restricting bereavement support, our partners at Loss and HOPE are providing webinar training to support the bereaved.  

See here for Bereavement Care Awareness webinars for all church members, here for learning how to support young people and here for Bereavement Friendly Church webinars for church leaders to ensure grieving people are welcomed within the life of the church.

Find out more about Loss and HOPE at www.lossandhope.org.

Love from the HOPE Together team
Glenys
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