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20 November 2020
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‘…even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid…'
(Matthew 10:29-31). 

‘If I really believed the Father knew my name…’ says Andy Croft on the Wellbeing Journey trailer (above). If people in our community really knew deep down that God knows us, loves us and has our wellbeing at heart, what a difference that would make. In these difficult times, it is this message of hope that our communities need to hear. 
Andy, senior pastor at the Soul Survivor church in Watford, is one of a team of teachers and experts contributing to The Wellbeing Journey. We are so excited about this new 8-week series. We hope you and your community will join The Wellbeing Journey in the New Year. Pray for us as we finalise the films and resources – filming has been so challenging during lockdown, but we believe that this timely new resource will equip churches to support communities as we emerge from Covid-19. We are so grateful for your partnership in making Jesus known – do let us know how we can support you and pray for you at this time.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director 
Christmas promotion
The Message version of Isaiah 9:6 is: ‘His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.’ HOPE Together will be leading the Church of England’s online Advent service on 6 December on this theme of wholeness and wellbeing as we introduce The Wellbeing Journey. Wellbeing is the subject of the moment and Dave Smith’s new book ‘God’s Plan for You Wellbeing’ expertly tackles it from God’s perspective; the Wellbeing Journey film series is based on the book. We’re encouraging churches up and down the country to run The Wellbeing Journey online or in person from January, inviting all those who attend their Christmas services, both virtually and physically, to join them on this journey. The series can be used to run as a centralised group (Alpha-style) or in small groups or Sunday services, whether online or physically.  The material is suitable for interested non-Christians and would make a great introduction to your church. Find out more at wellbeingjourney.org and sign up to be notified when all the resources are ready.
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Youth Wellbeing Journey 

The Wellbeing of young people is one of the biggest challenges we face right now and it is also the biggest opportunity to serve them, to help them discover God’s plan for their wellbeing. A representative survey of 4,000 8-24 year olds in Great Britain by Barnardo’s found a rise in issues related to mental health and wellbeing for at least one in three of the participating children and young people. 

Dan Randall, HOPE’s youth director, says: ‘Can I urge us to engage in the wellbeing conversation and seek God for how we can help young people to go on a journey to discover God’s plan for their wellbeing!’

Together with KingsGate Community Church, we are creating the Youth Wellbeing Journey, an 8-part video series by young people for young people! We are creating this video journey to run in tandem with the adult Wellbeing series, filmed from the perspective of young people going on their own Wellbeing Journey. Find out more at www.wellbeingjourney.org/youth
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Spreading HOPE this Christmas

‘We want people to know they’re not forgotten,’ said Rev Wilma Pearson from Cathcart United Free Church of Scotland in Glasgow, when she told us how they planned to use the HOPE at Christmas magazines. They normally hold a carol service in a local park, as well as singing round a local estate. This year, they will deliver copies of HOPE at Christmas through letterboxes, each accompanied by a Christmas card.

Churches throughout the country are making similar plans. Martin Cook of Upper Stratton Baptist Church in Swindon, plans to deliver a copy of HOPE at Christmas to every house in the area, with a Christmas card, an invitation to request a copy of ‘HOPE in Uncertain Times’ and an offer of prayer for those who would like it.

Sally Pidd from Lancaster told us local volunteers will distribute the magazines during their daily exercise time. Sally is part of an inter-church group reaching out to a local estate – and they are not the only group working together across denominations to distribute copies of HOPE at Christmas. On the Isle of Wight, Methodists and Anglicans are partnering to give them out to households in Wroxall. Also Helen Shannon from church@five in North London will be distributing them with an ‘everything you need for a Christingle service’ bag. ‘We use the mags every year on our estates,’ said Helen. ‘They are cheap, accessible and not too preach-y.’

Read more here about how churches are using the HOPE at Christmas magazine and order copies here.
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We are thrilled that 30,000 people are receiving a gift of hope in this season as churches give away copies of the booklet HOPE in Uncertain Times. This top quality, small gift book points people to the hope we have because of Jesus. Rev Marc Richeux, Vicar of St Alban's Church, Streatham Park, has ordered 9,000 copies for four churches to distribute. He explained: ‘We always put out fliers around our area. This year, we wanted to send a card, as we can't have a carol service in church. When I saw the booklet, it seemed like the perfect insert to go in with the cards, and go out to the whole of our area.’
Preview HOPE in Uncertain Times here and order copies here.
Prayer-2020-Logo-mediumPrayer 2020
When we felt prompted to establish the Prayer 2020 monthly call to prayer, we had no idea how different life would be this year, but we are still believing that God has called us to pray for a significant harvest in 2020. Join us at 20:20 (8.20pm) TONIGHT Friday 20 November to pray for 20 minutes for evangelisation in all its many forms. You can join the HOPE directors for the 20 minutes of prayer on Facebook Live @HopeTogether.
Use the Happyland Christmas Story
HOPE Together, Biblica and Hope for Every Home are working in partnership to make the all-new Happyland Christmas Story booklet available to families. The 20-page booklet uses the popular Happyland characters to tell the nativity story. There’s also the specially-made Happyland nativity animation to share on social media, in schools and in church service. You can download additional resources here where GoChatter can make you a bespoke version of the Happyland video to use this Christmas.
Virtual Christmas Carols
Sports Chaplaincy UK, in partnership with HOPE Together, are hosting Virtual Christmas Carols events on YouTube on Tuesday 15 December at 7.30pm and Sunday 20 December at 6.00pm with TV presenter Jay Lusted. Elements of the events will be available for churches to use in their own carol services. Visit their website for more details.
Surveys
In the next week you will be receiving a survey questionnaire from us. Knowing more about you and your church will help us serve you better. To say thanks for completing the survey, there is a code to give you a discount in the HOPE shop.
Government survey
The Government is also using a survey to rate how well it engages with faith groups. We felt that HOPE supporters could make a useful contribution to this survey to help the government engage with faith groups. The consultation period lasts until 11th December and includes questions on the impact of faith groups in our communities. You can complete the survey here.
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Our guests on Monday’s Talking HOPE show were Catherine Butcher talking about Hope in Uncertain Times, Kemi Bamgbose from Thy Kingdom Come, Dr Roger Bretherton, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Lincoln, talking on wellbeing, and Rev Sarah Archer from Loss and Hope. You can watch this again here. The next Talking HOPE show is on Monday 30 November at 8pm on Facebook Live @hopetogether or on YouTube @hopetogetheruk
Digital Marketing Manager
We have a vacancy for a Digital Marketing Manager. This is a part-time or freelance post. Find out more here and, to apply, send a CV with a covering letter to Roy Crowne at the HOPE office.
Give through Amazon Smile 
In the run up to Christmas this year many will be shopping online. Do back your local shops and independent traders, but if you are an Amazon shopper please use Amazon Smile instead. It is the same as Amazon, but it donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start shopping at smile.amazon.co.uk. You can select Hope 08 Ltd as your preferred charity. It is a simple and effective way to give to HOPE Together.

As we continue through this difficult season, we are praying for you and want to support you. If you could use copies of Hope in Uncertain Times or the Happyland Christmas Story – but can cover all the costs, do get in touch with us. We want to do all we can to help you to make Jesus known at this time.
With love and prayers from the HOPE Together team.
Glenys
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