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News Update November 2019
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Joy to the World!

Christmas is a wonderful time to share the joy of Jesus’ birth. Carol singing on the streets; visiting people home to home; holding events in schools, sports stadiums, pubs, community centres and churches, are all great ways to share the joy we find in Jesus. It’s the season when people are most likely to accept an invitation to church events. Let’s pray that we will rediscover the joy of the Lord for ourselves, and that it will overflow to others. Plan to make Jesus known as the reason for the season. Be prepared with something to say, something to give and an invitation to offer. Plan follow-up opportunities for guests in the New Year, and ask God to draw people to himself in this special season.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director
Magazine out now
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Looking for something to give away with invitations to your church events? Our all-new HOPE at Christmas magazine is out now. Even before it came off the presses, orders had reached 54,000 so order now whole stocks last. This 32-page magazine features Tom Hanks, ‘the man behind the honours’; the new Cats movie; Alisson Becker: the world’s best goalkeeper and Street Pastors ‘keeping clubbers safe this Christmas’. And much more.
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Great giveaways
As well as the HOPE at Christmas magazine we have partnered with Bible Society to produce a special edition of a Christmas booklet The Christmas Story. Families shopping in The Entertainer toyshops this festive season will receive these two great giveaways. Also each Entertainer shop has a pop-up nativity scene in its window at Christmas, and this year, the nativity scenes feature the popular Early Learning Centre Happyland characters which are on the cover of The Christmas Story. Each family shopping for Christmas in The Entertainer stores from Monday 2 December, while stocks last, will receive the magazine and the booklet. Happyland copies are available from the HOPE shopBible Society is also offering the same book with a different cover and title: With Love from God to You, which is also available in Welsh.

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Speak Life animation
A specially-made Happyland nativity animation is being made by the Speak Life team. The animation will be available later in November on social media and to download for use in schools and churches.

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Christmas: the open door into schools...
Christmas comes early in schools. And as this is a major Christian festival it is covered in the RE curriculum, giving the church many opportunities to reach pupils in lessons, assemblies, lunch clubs, and much more. Schools ministry is not just for a select few. Every church can serve and reach their local school at Christmas. 99% of young people DO attend school and 95% of young people DON’T attend church.

Check out these three great resources which will help you connect with your local school: Shine in schools (SU), Re:quest (YFC) and Because You’re Loved (Pais Movement).
Prayer-2020Christmas card insert
If you are sending Christmas cards to praying friends this year, pop in a Prayer 2020 bookmark or business card.

These are free to order from the HOPE shop – there is just a P&P charge to pay.
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Our book The Servant Queen and the King She Serves continues to be popular and makes a great gift.

This unique book published by Bible Society, HOPE Together and LICC uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ.
Join us in praying that God opens doors for the gospel this Christmas. Do send us news and photos of your events.

With love and prayers from the HOPE Together team