The URC has signed up to HOPE, and is represented in the initiative by Rev Andrew Willett.
HOPE’s Friday Focus 2017 calls churches to unite across our nations, praying together on Fridays (whenever possible) supporting ongoing mission across the UK and preparing the way for HOPE 2018.
Each week Friday Focus will take a different theme: supporting national initiatives of prayer and mission; key seasons in the church’s calendar; the different people groups highlighted in the Talking Jesus report (www.talkingjesus.org); the people we know and meet; the communities we are part of, and the places where we live.
Leaders from denominations, mission and prayer organisations and networks are writing the reflections based on a Bible passage, and there is also be a written prayer to accompany each theme. Use Prayer Focus for private prayer or in church services and prayer meetings.
Churches in Shropshire are taking a day each to pray for peace as part of Remembrance 100. The aim is to have 100 churches using the prayers from 100 Days of Peace and Hope from 4th August to 11th November. Shropshire HOPE is also encouraging churches across the area to give away copies of Silence at Remembrance events.
Rev Leslie Burke, who chairs Shropshire Hope, says the churches have been working ever more closely together since 2013 running joint Alpha courses, Try Praying, schools missions and praying together as part of Thy Kingdom Come for example. Groups of churches in the area also work closely together. The Party on the Green in one district has been held each year since 2015 by four churches working together to provide a free fun evening with food and bouncy castles. As a result some people have joined churches and new connections have developed with the wider community.
‘Something to say, something to give and an invitation to offer’ is HOPE’s check list for making Jesus known.
In the last month we have launched Talking Jesus – The Course to equip Christians to talk naturally about their faith – having something to say. Find out more and watch the trailer at www.talkingjesus.org
Last Monday the first copies of Silence were delivered from the printer and already 10,000 copies have been sold. Copies cost 25p when bought in packs of 200. Silence is designed to be ‘something to give’ at Remembrance. In one area, as well as giving copies to people attending Remembrance events, there are plans to give one each to local school children to take home to read with their parents.
(Our more general gift book Who Do You Say I Am? is also available as a give-away.)
Visit the HOPE shop at www.hopepublishing.org.uk to place your order.
This practical, video-based course includes six teaching sessions with short films to get people thinking before each week’s group session, plus inspirational, short testimonies to give real-life examples from people who are talking Jesus, and a course booklet for members of your small group.
This coming Harvest HOPE and World Vision are working together to bring communities together with Share A Meal.
Simply claim your Share a Meal pack today and get ideas and resources to help you enjoy a fun time with family, friends and neighbours. We want to put Harvest back at the centre of church and community life at this key calendar moment, encouraging a culture of hospitality and generosity. The free Share A Meal pack includes: foodie theme ideas; invitations you can personalize; name cards; a quiz to help your guests get to know each other; reflection cards to inspire your guests even after the party. Once you’ve got your pack simply choose your Share a Meal party date and invite your guests.