Our vision for the youth and children of Hope Community Church is very simple; to see the hearts and lives of all be touched and transformed by Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit so that they can step closer to God.
Currently, at Hope, a number of youths meet together every other week at their own life-group to talk about and engage deeper with Jesus, while also having Sunday morning as a time to look into who God is and to reflect how much he loves them as individuals but also as a group of young people. This Group also goes away in the summer to a festival called Newday, which again gives an opportunity to hang out with friends and for them to press into Jesus more.
In the not-too-distant future we hope to set up community projects at the local community Centre in Hutton, which would allow young people the opportunity to come together in a safe and friendly place within their local area to hang out with friends, while having the chance to chat to youth leaders about issues that are on their mind.
We love all generations and this is no different with the children, they are an integral part of what we do at Hope.
Currently, there are activities on Sunday mornings for children aged 0-10, with a crèche area, as well as a group called Little stars. This is where the children go out and find out more about Jesus and his friends, through stories, songs, and craft and much more.
Looking forward there are plans to create a children’s club again in the community Centre to give the opportunity for children to hang out and to engage in who God is and how much he loves them while again becoming a space for them to feel safe and hang out.
On the horizon there is a very special project that is an exciting opportunity for children and their families to come and get involved in, it is called Make Lunch. The aim is to support families in the holidays that need that little bit of extra help with the need of feeding and keeping children active, in the holiday times. There will be more details in the coming months on this.
Hope Mums is an expression of Jesus’ love for Single Mums in our community. We have monthly meet ups on Saturday mornings, regular social events and a Monday group that meets every other week to read the bible and pray together. We are also offering a ‘handy man’ advice service to Mums for practical issues.
The monthly Saturday sessions, are an opportunity for Single Mums to take time out; to discuss, to learn, to share highs and lows and to discover something of the Christian perspective. It’s a chance to encourage and support each other over a cup of tea! The children enjoy separate activities with our DBS-checked Kids workers.
All Single Mums are welcome at our events, we’d love to meet you! Please just contact Louise (details below) to let us know you’re coming. For dates of our monthly meet-ups and events please click here and look out for ‘Hope Mums’.
We are seeing many families touched by the love and grace of God demonstrated through what we’re doing with Hope Mums. If you’re a committed Christian, would you like to help us serve these families? Could you help with the kids work while the Mums meet? Or could you give some of your time to visiting and befriending some of the families we are in contact with? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re part of an organisation that has something to offer Single Mums and or their families – please do get in touch.
Hope Mums Vision
Hope Mums began with a vision to help Single Mums.
The ministry was launched in Oct 2014 from Hope Community Church. Click the link below to listen to the launch talk.
Contact Louise for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
For dates of all our monthly meet-ups and events please click here and look out for ‘Hope Mums’.
On the 4th Oct 2014, Hope Community Church began a ministry with and for single mums, the ‘widows’ of this culture.
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” – Jude v.20
Women Together began in Autumn 2011 with a vision to provide fellowship and support for women in the church, and their friends, who are at home during the week, either alone or with pre-school children.
We currently meet fortnightly during term time at 10 am on Tuesday mornings, in homes in the Brentwood and Billericay area. We pray for each other and share teaching and encouragement from the Bible, particularly relating to women, over tea, coffee and biscuits. Topics we have covered in the past have included “Christian motherhood” and “Battle for the mind“.
Getting together regularly has developed friendship and understanding of each other’s circumstances and needs and impetus to grow closer to Jesus by sharing testimony and applying His word to our lives.
The future vision is to extend the opportunities to reach more women in the church, including those who work during the day.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians ch.5 v.11
Dates of meetings are on the church calendar.
Please contact Jan Crook email@example.com
for further details or to check future venues.
Men of Hope
We recently attended a beer festival organised by CAMRA at King Edward Grammar School in Chelmsford. It gave us an opportunity to meet together and discuss “men’s things”.
Support for Single Mothers
M o H members have formed a team who can help the single Mums group, or indeed any member needing advice, on matters relating to household problems e.g. getting a gas man to fit you a new fire. In some cases, we can help you do the job but more usually it is identifying the problem and then finding a trustworthy supplier.
N Gauge Railway Some time ago plans were laid to build a model railway which is in Mike’s loft. The original plans have been modified as space is very limited We need more to come along and spend some time to get to know one another. Progress has been slow, but work will continue and we could do with some additional members – it is a great social evening.
An instructional wine tasting for “those who don’t like wine”. The aim was to try to show how food completely alters the taste of a wine and how the two are complimentary. Daneel hosted this at his home and BBQ’d some superb beef which accompanied a Rich Syrah and we also tasted other food with 4 different wines. Everyone thought it worked well but probably the main gain was getting to know one another socially. Oh, and we did invite the ladies to this one!
What is the Future?
We look forward to ideas with which to enjoy time together so, Men of Hope get your e-mails going (your can send it to the admin address and Natalie will forward it to me).
Most men in the church have joined the MenofHope group.
This is to give an opportunity for us to meet together over various activities but more importantly, a chance to get to know one another better. Some of our recent activities are listed below.
For information contact Mike.
Recently we had catalyst groups which were good for many, but for some did not work as well. Earlier in 2018 we introduced Community Groups. These meet at roughly 2 week intervals in each others homes. There are various groups and it is our desire that groups stimulate each of us at Hope to develop a closer walk with Jesus.
‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’ Hebrews 10:24-25
‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’ Galatians 6:2
Each group will have its own flavour and style reflecting the people in it. Some may spend much of their time in prayer together, some may spend time in study of the bible, some may discuss how we reach out to our community, some chat over coffee, others might do an activity that all the group enjoy. As long as it builds relationships and helps the group to share life, and encourage each other to grow in God then it is fine!
We encourage everyone at Hope to be part of a Community Group. If you want to find a group that would suit you, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.