HOPE2018 is going to be an amazing year, lots of opportunities within the Christian calendar, words and actions to make Jesus known. January will see a great 7 session course enabling, equipping and empowering people to be able to share their faith. Lent will bring us a great resource which links in with the HOPE Prison ministry. Please can I encourage you to have a browse at our website and the brochure that is available now to give out and to support you in your planning. Please contact CPO for copies of the brochure.
There are some very simple guidelines on the website about using the logo http://hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/256567/Logos.aspx
We are keen for everyone to use the logo as much as possible and the HOPE shop can provide you with pre-printed resources or you can overprint with your own details
Please can I ask that if events are held under the umbrella of HOPE that you kindly forward stories and pictures through to me, it’s great to see the message of Jesus being shared and to be able to share ideas with others too.
Christmas 2016 saw a pilot scheme for our Christmas Magazine, this year will be another opportunity to witness and share faith through the magazine. This magazine is a gift to be given and shared within our communities.
‘Working closely with Hope, Jim Currin from Churches Together in England has said, “Churches working together to share the message of God’s love in Jesus at Christmas .. What could be better?! This magazine is another resource from Hope that I know Churches Together groups will use and find well received”.
Christmas HOPE is a 28-page glossy give-away magazine. It was piloted at Christmas 2016 when 100,000 copies were given away by churches to people in their communities. A new Christmas HOPE magazine will be available in the autumn with lots of new stories and features for 2017.
The 2016 Christmas HOPE magazine included topical features focusing on Christians in the news like Bake Off celebrity Mary Berry and TV adventurer and explorer Bear Grylls. There was a cartoon re-telling of the nativity story, which was relevant for all ages, plus a behind-the-scenes look at one of Britain’s top football teams from the perspective of the team chaplain.
The aim of Christmas HOPE is to give churches a top-quality give-away to use door-to-door in their neighbourhoods. Churches that use HOPE’s rhythm of mission find that regular contact, and a culture of hospitality and generosity helps to build relationships. HOPE is committed to giving churches resources so each member has something to say, something to give and an invitation to offer through a rhythm of mission: Easter, Harvest and Christmas. With Christmas HOPE as something to give, the aim is that Christians will find it easier to say something about their faith and to invite neighbours to Christmas events.
Christmas HOPE Editor Catherine Butcher brings her experience editing top consumer titles for BP and the Co-op, circulating to millions of homes. She has also edited Britain’s best-selling Christian magazine Families First.
Summer has hardly started, but the HOPE team are busy working with partners to finalise resources for churches to use at Christmas. We are developing a Hope for Every Home initiative to provide top quality Christmas HOPE magazines for you to deliver door-to-door in your area. As you think ahead to your autumn events, plan to map out a specific area where you can bring hope to every home this Christmas. Last year 100,000 copies of Christmas HOPE (left) were delivered. In September we will reveal the 2017 Christmas HOPE magazine for you to order. Tell us how many copies you could use.