The work of HOPE Community will see communities transformed across the North West and something I am pleased to be associated with. The vision for HOPE Community is to equip and envision the church to do things that impact others and the wider community. God’s Kingdom come, God’s will be done is at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer and should be at the heart of the vision of each and every church community – demonstrating God’s Kingdom as a reality will see crime reduced, the vulnerable helped, people changed and partnerships formed. Jonny Gios is a pioneer and someone who has demonstrated his passion for this time and again
Council of Reference
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“Jonny has enormous amounts of passion, insight and experience about helping local churches serve their local communities. The new Hope Community charity in the North West of England is much needed and given our shared commitment to work through local churches Cinnamon Network is excited about working with them.”
I’ve watched Jonny’s life and ministry develop for more than 15 years. This significant hand-on experience he has had in helping the church show Christ’s love in their community will now be available to churches in the north of England through Hope Community. This is a very encouraging development.
“I am pleased to recommend the Hope Community to you and in particular the Revd. Jonny Gios who has invested much in bringing relief and hope into his local community most recently through the local recovery scheme following the devastating flooding in South Lakeland in December 2015. This new initiative will do exactly what it says, bringing real hope in the face of despair. I am pleased to support this faith-filled venture and encourage you to do the same for the sake of helping and blessing those who need to rediscover hope in their lives.”
I am delighted to be support the launch of ‘Hope Community’. The work of the churches and of Jonny Gios, in Kendal during and after the devastating floods in December 2015 was the most real and tangible example of the church getting stuck in to help local communities when they needed it most. Hope Community seeks to help churches to engage with and support the local communities they serve. This aspiration lies at the heart of the Christian mission to serve and make our communities better for all.
Together we are stronger, whatever our endeavour, whether that be building local communities, showing young people strong values and standards to avoid being drawn into crime, or supporting the vulnerable. The vision of Hope Community to be a witness in and to our communities is a real demonstration of the church in action, in a relevant and meaningful way. I encourage and urge you to support Hope Community where and how you may be able.
It gives me great pleasure to endorse this new venture of Hope Community. My experience working with Jonny Gios with his work at Sandylands Methodist Church assures me of the importance and credibility of sharing the Christian faith in building church and community.
As a passionate practitioner I firmly believe that putting the gospel into action and making Christ known, is vital for transformation. I applaud and support the work of Hope Community in its vision and mission and we at Busoasis promise to uphold them in prayer and look forward to see how God leads them
Anything that brings ‘Hope’ to our communities is profoundly good news. And the development of Hope Community to come alongside communities and dream of a better future is powerful. The possibilities of transformation, of deep change in lives and areas is hopeful. The powerful reality that a committed group of people can see places of poverty transformed into areas of light, hope, beauty, justice and flourishing is part of Hope Community’s vision. I look forward to seeing the ongoing impact of such an empowering visionary group as it engages with churches to deepen their connections and support partnerships that meet the expressed needs of local people in creative, sustainable and innovative ways.