At Hope we are always glad to see and welcome new faces. Our Sunday morning meetings and prayer meetings are open to all and we would love to see you there. If you are interested in coming to meet with us feel free to just come along one Sunday morning or for more information you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will it be like when I arrive?
We meet together most Sunday mornings at 10:15am at Long Ridings Primary School to meet with God through song, prayer and bible teaching. You will be greeted with tea or coffee and refreshments both before and after the service. Occasionally we have a family breakfast before the service or a family lunch after the meeting. You are welcome to join us for these which are shown in the calendar.
Where do you meet?
The address is Long Ridings Primary School, Long Ridings Avenue, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 1DU.
What happens in your meetings?
We usually start by spending time together worshiping God with songs and music. Our style of music is upbeat and contemporary. You’ll notice during our time of worship that people will often come and spontaneously make contributions of prayers, bible readings, encouragements, etc. We believe that God has made us a family with the ability to build-up and encourage one another.
After our time of sung worship, we usually have a time of teaching from the bible. This will normally be one of our preaching team sharing something from the bible, seeking to draw out something that God is saying to us through it and applying it to our lives. Occasionally we will spend this time instead looking at and discussing a passage from the bible in smaller groups.
Every couple of months we have a ‘New to Hope’ Family Sunday which is a bit more interactive with a shortened time of worship and teaching followed by activities for both adults and children which usually includes some craft pursuits, prayer and bible studies; and you get to choose what you do.
Will I be made or asked to do anything?
Absolutely no. You can join in the singing if you feel like it, but if you don’t, then feel free not to. No one will call you to the front, make you pray or force you to do anything. You can expect people to come up to you, give you a warm welcome and make you a tea or coffee, though. However, should you wish to be prayed for or to talk about things that have come up in the meeting there will be opportunity to do so.
What about children and teenagers?
The children and youth go out part way through our time of sung worship for their separate teaching in three groups: Little Stars for children up to 4 years, Shining Stars for the 4-11’s and another group for young people aged 11-18.