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25 June 2020
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When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians he said ‘Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up’ (Ephesians 4:11-12). Looking at this list, you might not think of yourself as an ‘evangelist’, but you do long to see newcomers welcomed into the church and finding faith. You say a hearty ‘Yes!’ to the quotation from Archbishop William Temple: ‘The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members.’ And you are keen to support your church leaders with any plans to share God’s love with words and action in your community. If that’s you – then you are what we mean by a ‘Mission Champion’.

Sign up here and we will send you a free copy of our Mission Champions guide. We’d love to connect you with other Mission Champions, so you can encourage each other and share ideas. We look forward to working with you and other Mission Champions as together we make Jesus known.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director 

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Great giveaway

Check out our new illustrated Mark’s Gospel to give away from your HOPE Space or open church. This beautifully illustrated Gospel, published in partnership with Biblica, is designed in a magazine-style and printed on quality paper, making it an attractive gift to give away to your friends, colleagues and family; people who visit your church and those in your community who are exploring faith. 
Talking HOPE – stories to encourage you
It’s been described as the ‘Top Gear’ of Christian chat shows! There’s a fair amount of friendly banter as well as inspiring stories from a great line-up of guests on Talking HOPE. You can watch previous episodes here. Join the HOPE team for the next instalment on Monday 29th at 8pm on Facebook Live @HopeTogether, when guests include
  • Matt Timms from Newquay, a surfer who has held a drive-in church service in lockdown; their church has served 1000s of meals during the crisis
  • Joanne O'Connor – director of Junction 42 – a prisons ministry. They are giving 32,000 prisoners a lockdown gift bag which includes the HOPE for All magazine
  • We will also be discussing the Talking Toddlers report with Rachel Jordan-Wolf, HOPE’s assistant director
Magazines for prisoners
Contact us if you can use a bulk order of HOPE for All magazines – it makes a great addition to a foodbank parcel or to visitors to your church now it is open. You can preview the magazine here.
Talking Toddlers
It’s not too late to join the Talking Toddlers webinar tomorrow 26th June 2020 at 10am to discuss the findings of the Talking Toddlers reportemail Ben Almond to receive details.
Building bridges across racial divides
Watch clips on our YouTube channel from the ‘building bridges’ interview with Roy Crowne, Yemi Adedeji and Rachel Jordan-Wolf, to draw on their experiences of combating racial prejudice and building strong, friendship-based relationships in ministry.
HOPE-Spaces-Logo-White-MediumHOPE Spaces – six ideas 
There are ideas and downloads for six different prayer stations available on our HOPE Spaces web page… all you need to create a HOPE Space in your church or an empty shop, where people can engage with God. Order your HOPE Spaces prayer cards from the HOPE shop.
Online Youth Evangelism - possible or impossible?
We have some great stories of young people sharing their faith online, particularly from the team at LIVIN IT OUT… and not just sharing their faith, but inspiring others to do it too. One of the team is Caitlin, here is some of her story: 
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If you don't know where to start with youth evangelism online, then head over to our resources page.
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Summer Fetes and Fun Days

50 ideas for virtual and socially distanced Summer Fun Days
Talking Jesus
The Talking Jesus course is available to watch online free as well as on DVD and USB. Find out more here.
Loss and HOPE
If you know of someone who has been bereaved Loss and HOPE have resources and suggestions which should help you.

Thanks for praying for us. Please let us know how we can pray for you at this time as together we make Jesus known with words and action

Love from the HOPE team

Glenys
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