HOPE 2018

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.  Micah 6:8 

Welcome to HOPE 2018!  The following pages and links will inspire, encourage, upskill and resource us to be confident as we share the Hope we have in Jesus with our communities, through Word and Action. Whether you’re involved  in Community Engagement, Social Responsibility, Faith Sharing Courses or Volunteering in your church or community,  we want to welcome and support you as we love our neighbours and help transform lives together in 2018. Please see an introduction video from Caroline Clarke here

If you’re new to HOPE, it’s based on a few simple principles:

  • Demonstrating God’s love as local churches work together, meeting needs in our communities;
  • Continuing to love and serve people whatever they choose to believe;
  • Inviting people to go further in their spiritual journey by sharing the Gospel with words in culturally relevant ways; and
  • Giving people opportunities to respond to the gospel, then connecting people who do respond into church life.

If you were with us for HOPE 2014, you may remember how many people came to join our churches as we loved our communities in various ways from Coffee and Board Games, to starting up  Community Lunches, opening a Debt Advice Centre, Messy Church,  enabling an Art Exhibition about WW1, Duck Racing, Family Fun Days and running courses such as Christianity Explored, Alpha, and Talking the Good News: some simply added to their existing community engagements or social actions by extending the invitation to others to come and join in.

If there has ever been a time for people to hear and  experience the love of God its now,  as communities are facing hard issues such as Debt, Homelessness, Addictions and Modern Slavery; many people are isolated and  living in fear.  Specialised understanding and input is often needed, and this is where Partnership working is key.

For HOPE 2018 a number of new and existing organisations have come into partnership with us and committed to sharing their skills, expertise and knowledge to work alongside us as part of the solution.  We have a heap of amazing Workshops, a Modern Slavery Conference and Talks which will all be led by leaders in their field, to upskill and resource us about these hard issues facing our communities.    

To help raise awareness we will be running a Campaign called ‘Setting The Captives Free’:

  • Freedom from Addictions
  • Freedom from Slavery
  • Freedom from Debt

A series of short free-to-download films (approx four minutes each) are being made throughout the year telling the inspirational stories of individuals whose lives are being transformed through the work of their church community engagement or social action, in their own words. Four ‘HOPE...Stories That Need to be Told’ are already available, and you may want to request your own.

On the following pages you will find  full details about the Partnerships, Courses, Stories That Need To Be Told, online Booking Forms and how to add your own HOPE 2018 engagements: simply follow the Events and Workshops links (links will go live as soon as venues are confirmed, so do keep an eye on this page). These will be popular, so do book early to avoid disappointment.Further Partnerships, Workshops, Events and Resources may be added, so do keep checking the webpages. 

Please let organiser Caroline Clarke know about any courses, community engagement/social responsibility activities or events which your church will take part in for HOPE 2018 so that we can add these into the Events and Workshops section, and for Katerina to include them on the diocesan Facebook and Twitter pages.  Also contact Caroline  if you would like to discuss community engagement or social action, or for information not already listed on the webpages.

As the year progresses, we’d like to hear about and share how things are going and add your stories, write-ups and photos (with permission) so do please keep in touch. 

We look forward to welcoming you, and working together to make Jesus know in Word and Action in 2018.


Caroline Clarke
Diocesan Community Engagement Advisor

Messy Church Regional Co-ordinator
Tel: 01634 560000
Email:  caroline.clarke@rochester.anglican.org

‘Seek the welfare of the city... for in its welfare you will find your welfare’ Jer 29:7

Note: Do feel free to attend events, Workshops or the Conference and use the resources for Mission, Community Engagement and Social Action to make Jesus known, regardless of whether you link this with HOPE 2018. 

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