What is Hope all about?
Who is behind
It is not prescriptive but a flexible vision worked out locally. The key elements are:
What Hope isn't...
It's not about major hard work to tire us out! But rather more it is about each os us taking many small intentional and collective steps in order to help build a relational community, and work effectively together as a loving witness that will make a big difference over the longer term.
It's not about one offs that die at the end of 2018 but rather we commend ventures that could be sustainable beyond 2018.
Revd Freddie Brookes
Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church
a Reader at St John's Meads &
Communications Officer for Hope Together UK
Families Worker, All Saints Parish Church
Vicar of All Saints Parish Church
Member of Victoria Baptist Church &
Ops Manager at Speak Life / Life Together Editor
Martyn Relf (Steering Group Chair)
Elder of Living Stones Community Church &
Chair of Churches Together for Eastbourne
Pastor with his wife Julie of Suncoast Church
Member of All Souls Parish Church &
Board Member of Wintershall Productions
What might Hope look like for you and your church or agency?
It's up to you, but here are some possibilities...
At Level 1: You could display a Hope Eastbourne banner (or perhaps Hope Polegate or Hope Pevensey, as appropriate) outside your building.
At Level 2: You might consider adding the Hope brand to existing activities in your church or ministry, ie "Little Gems Toddler Group: Part of Hope Eastbourne." Or "Our Girls Brigade is glad to be part of Hope Eastbourne." Or more simply just add "Part of Hope Eastbourne."
At Level 3: Consider starting a new venture or initiative. Ideas include starting an Alpha / Christianity Explored group; a Parenting or Marriage Course. How about teaming up with another church nearby.
At Level 4: Perhaps your community needs a specialist service which you could develop in partnership with a Christian ministry, ie People Matter / PARCHE / CAP Money Advice / Christian Book Box, etc.
At Level 5: Encourage other members to help, volunteer or support any of the above and attend the flagship events and befriend visitors.
We are asking each church or ministry wanting to be part of Hope Eastbourne to appoint a Hope Champion (preferably two).
This need not be a church leader but someone with confidence who will inspire and motivate people around them. Read more here
Champions will be the main point of contact for their church/ministry and the steering group. In October and November 2017 there were two preparation events for churches.
Hope Together UK
Roy Crowne, Director of Hope Together UK visited Eastbourne in February 2017 and shared with churches their vision for Hope 18. He encouraged us with some research which revealed 20% of people are interested in having a serious conversation about Jesus. The Hope Together national board hope to see a 10% church growth at the end of 2018 (so a church of 50 might see 5 people come to faith).