Rhythm of Mission - 2018
Planning your year – don’t try to do everything
We are always looking for ways to provide you with ideas and resources to make it as easy as possible for you to mobilise local churches to spread the gospel in a rhythm of mission through the church year. Please use the HOPE 2018 calendar to plan your year. Don’t try to do everything. If every church does one more thing to make Jesus known, the impact will be significant.
Use the HOPE brand to join everything together as part of this nationwide year of mission. Put the logo on your leaflets, posters and invitations – and if several churches are working together, advertising on buses might be an option.
We will provide you with something to give, training on something to say, and ideas for an invitation to offer. We always encourage churches to give people a next step – an invitation to an enquirers’ course or a card directing them to Christianity.org.uk.
1. New Year Prayer
Download the New Year call to prayer 2018 for use on 31st December 2017, in the week leading up to 6th January 2018, or in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th to the 25th January.
2. Prison HOPE and Lent 2018
The Prison Hope vision is to see churches engaged with their local prisons. Find out more here. Use ‘40 Stories of HOPE’ during Lent – the weeks before Easter or download the group studies in English or Welsh from ctbi.org.uk/lent.
3. HOPE at Easter
Service and sacrifice is the theme of HOPE at Easter – our Easter give-away. Deliver it door-to-door with an invitation to Easter guest services. Full details and a pre-order page are now available in the HOPE shop.
4. Easter guest services
Easter is a key season to invite people to find out about Jesus. Hold a guest service. Explain who Jesus is and how people can live in the power of the resurrection today. Then give a clear opportunity for people to respond. HOPE’s gift book ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ is an ideal give-away. HOPE will also provide a Jesus-focused video to show as part of your Easter guest service.
5. Talking Jesus training videos
We have commissioned a series of training videos from a top TV production company to train individuals and churches to talk about Jesus more effectively. The series will be launched at Spring Harvest in early April.
6. Summer Fun Days and community action projects
Since Hope 08, churches have caught the vision to put faith into words and action, serving local communities with practical projects and celebrating with summer fun days. We are planning an un-dated HOPE magazine to make available as a give-away, to help churches give reasons for the hope we have.
7. Share a Meal at Harvest
We partnered with World Vision for the 2017 Share a Meal project. Look out for more resources to share food with friends at harvest in 2018.
8. 4 August 2018 – 99 Days of Peace
As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, there will be a national focus on this significant anniversary. On 4th August 1918 King George V called a national day of prayer; 99 days passed and on the 100th day the war ended. In 2018 we will help you mark the 99 days before Armistice Day. Find out more here.
9. Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
As communities come together to mark Armistice Day we will also be marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. HOPE will provide you with a pocket-sized, give-away gift book to use at Remembrance Day services and to start conversations about the hope Jesus gives. After the traditional Remembrance services, cathedrals and churches are planning Peace Parties, reflecting the 1918 celebrations to mark the end of the Great War.
10. Christmas 2018
Once again we are working with Bible Society, Integrity Music, and Sports Chaplaincy UK to bring the year to the end with burst of celebration. Could you mobilise the churches in your area to visit every home with a gift and an invitation? Could you hold a united carols event in a sports stadium or stage a village/ town / city centre flashmob? We will have the Christmas HOPE 2018 magazine, souvenir carols booklets, and a special new gift to support you as you reach out to people in your community with the good news of Jesus.