Our prayer for Hope Community is to work with churches in Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire to help them engage with their local Communities. We long for people to come to know Jesus in real way and communities transformed. We are excited about this new venture and the possibility and potential there is to help churches in the region to reach out to their communities better. Watch this space and bookmark our website! God is on the move…
Church & Community
Welcome! We’re excited to have launched Hope Community – helping churches engage with their communities, with the aspiration that we will see people come to faith in Jesus! If that’s your vision for your church then read on…
The church has too often hidden away in their (it’s) buildings, closing the doors after worship has begun and becoming strangely alienated from the community it ought to be serving. Whilst recognising the importance of proclaiming the good news about Jesus, we endeavour to encourage churches to become a blessing to their communities through ministries of mercy and justice, acting like salt and light amidst the challenge of society.
Our Community Networker, Jonny Gios, pioneered many community initiatives during his time at Sandylands Methodist Church that responded and connected with the community that God had placed them in. The Church committed some 11 years ago to invest in a full time worker to connect better with the community and reach out with the love of God! Their work and commitment to their community led them in 2014 to be nominated as one of the best churches for social action and justice.
Success as above doesn’t just come by employing one or two people; it takes co-ordination, leadership and a desire to win the lost. One important ingredient is volunteers, who are simply amazing and invaluable for the work churches do around the region.
More people do unpaid work for church organisations than any other organisation. Eight per cent of adults undertake voluntary work for church organisations; that’s around half of those who see themselves as belonging to a religious or church organisation.
A quarter of regular churchgoers (among both Anglicans and other Christians separately) are involved in voluntary community service outside the church. Churchgoers overall contribute 23.2 million hours voluntary service each month in their local communities outside the church.Hope Community uses the principles of community development to respond to and challenge the issues facing particular neighbourhoods/ communities and work alongside a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations, developing initiatives and projects to transform individuals, churches and communities.
We operate throughout Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire. We’re passionate about working with as many churches as possible throughout this region to help them in a variety of ways.
So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well 1 Thessalonians 2:8
How can we help your church?
Hope Community seeks to work with church leaders/church councils/PCC/elders to help by;
- Identifying local needs and opportunities in the community
- Organising community action and identifying a ‘gatekeeper’
- Developing and creating community links with the church and external agencies such as the police and local authority
- Developing and supporting initiatives that improve the lives and wellbeing of local people; and theologically reflecting upon that action.
- To promote the year of mission in 2018 with Hope Together (hopetogether.org) in Words and Action.
- To develop, train and invest in volunteers in relation to community engagement.
- To gather together people of prayer who are passionate about seeing God change communities & join in with His mission.
- Assessing church health and giving recommendations for strategy
- How to respond to disasters in your community and mobilising volunteers, e.g. Flooding or Residential House Fires
- Promote the ‘Rhythm of Mission’ and the opportunities this gives to engage our churches with festivals & celebrations we mark each year.
- Promoting resources produced by Hope Together e.g. ‘TheServant Queen’
- Responding creatively to the needs in community by creating programmes that address the communities felt needs.
- We aim to work with people in communities in a holistic way, working with people for the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.
- Raising the awareness of the following ideas for groups of churches to work together on; Street Angels, Credit Unions, Who Let the Dads out, Make Lunch, TLG early intervention, Food banks, Welcome boxes, and Reflex.
- We are also keen to advise on church planting in our area of operation. We are passionate about seeing new missional communities formed in communities where the inherited church struggles to be missional.
What will it cost us to receive help from Hope Community?
We really do want to work with as many churches as possible to see the Kingdom extended! However, there are costs that are incurred year on year, therefore we ask that each church covers our travel expenses and gives a donation into the charity.
It costs us £300 per day for us to work with a church. However, please contact us to discuss your requirements and what donation is possible.