Monday, 7 July 2014

Silent Night!


11pm 4th August 1914
'The lights are going out all over Europe' 
Check out the Vigil Resources from Westminster Abbey 


Silent Night Carols - this Christmas
Sports stadia and other venues are preparing to hold Silent Night Carol Services in December 2014.

Click here for a step by step guide to holding Silent Night Carols in a church or stadium near you.



To download a special video click here

The Christmas truce in 1914
This year marks the centenary of the First World War truce in the trenches. Troops started singing the carol Silent Night in German and in English on Christmas Eve 1914. The fighting stopped and enemies ventured into No Man’s Land to talk and exchange gifts. Some even played football. British soldier, Albert Moren, who was in the front-line trenches near the village of La Chapelle d'Armentieres recalled hearing Silent Night sung during the truce: ‘It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere ... there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and then there were those lights - I don't know what they were. And then they sang "Stille Nacht" - "Silent Night". I shall never forget it. It was one of the highlights of my life.’

The Evening Mail, Newcastle, 31st December 1914 printed this letter: ‘On Christmas Day one of the Germans came out of the trenches and held his hands up. Our fellows immediately got out of theirs, and we met in the middle, and for the rest of the day we fraternised, exchanging food, cigarettes and souvenirs. The Germans gave us some of their sausages, and we gave them some of our stuff. The Scotsmen started the bagpipes and we had a rare old jollification, which included football in which the Germans took part. The Germans expressed themselves as being tired of the war and wished it was over. They greatly admired our equipment and wanted to exchange jack knives and other articles. Next day we got an order that all communication and friendly intercourse with the enemy must cease but we did not fire at all that day, and the Germans did not fire at us.’

New for Christmas 2014
The carol Silent Night was first performed in 1818. This year a new version, specially adapted for Hope14’s Greater Love initiative, will be sung in sports stadia, churches and wherever people sing Christmas carols.

Click here for a How-to guide prepared by Bolton Wanderers’ Chaplain and Bradford Bulls Chaplain who have both staged stadium carol events in previous years.
Click here for Greater Love resources to help you prepare for Silent Night Carols - and to give away to guests.

Other resources being prepared by HOPE for release in July 2014 include:
·         A free Silent Night Carol Service programme with the words of the carols and an introduction to the theme, sponsored by a Christian charity
·         Piano, vocal and choral scores for the new version of the carol Silent Night
·         Scripts and ideas for short talks suitable for sports stadium events
·         Ideas for schools
Silent Night Carols in a sports stadium near you
HOPE is working with Sports Chaplaincy UK to equip local clubs, community groups and churches to stage the events. Pilot events have been held in several stadia - indoors and out in the stands. In 2011 Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Aldershot Town and Shrewsbury Town football clubs held carol events at their stadiums with the help of sports chaplains, local school choirs and Salvation Army bands. In 2012 the idea spread to 15 clubs, and in 2013 more than 50 sports stadiums around the country hosted a carol event for fans and other members of the community.

AFC Bournemouth’s Chaplain, Rev Andy Rimmer, Vicar of the Lantern Church in Merley near Bournemouth, has held several carol services with fans and players at the Cherries’ ground. As the Cherries’ Chaplain, Andy says: ‘I enjoy getting to know the lads and occasionally training with them. We have pre-match prayer which a few of them attend. Sport is a tremendous gift from God and it’s where people are. The carol service is a chance to celebrate Jesus’ birth in a completely unique environment. We want this event to have a real community feel as well as being attended by supporters of the clubs.’

The tried-and-tested formula for the carol services includes local choirs, bands and the club’s players or manager reading some of the familiar Bible passages about the nativity story.






Monday, 24 March 2014

Is there Hope in Sussex?



I know there is Hope in Eastbourne, Wivelsfield, Old Heathfield and Holland Road Baptist Hove.  Is there anywhere else and any other places where the Christian Faith Communities are engaging with Hope 2014?


HOPE’s Greater Love resources are now available to help churches mark the centenary of World War 1 at the heart of villages, towns and cities. HOPE's Greater Love booklet is 16 pages of ideas for churches and communities commemorating the centenary of World War 1. It is free to churches planning local events from HOPE. Click here for details.


 Sharing Jesus
A commuter who normally reads the Bible on his Kindle on his way to work decided to switch to his hardback Bible to see if it would spark conversations about faith. Not only did someone ask him why he was reading the Bible but also, as he was getting off the bus, the driver called to him and thanked him for reading the Bible saying it had inspired him to get back to reading his. This is just one result of the Sharing Jesus course, based on a new 100-page, illustrated bookazine called Sharing Jesus - a practical guide to putting the Christian faith into words. Already 3,000 Christians in the London area have taken part in a Sharing Jesus training course. Read a review of the book by Ian Bunce in the Baptist TimesClick here to order copies.


Time to pray
‘I bumped into one of my ex-colleagues and in our conversation he explained that life was difficult for him. I asked if he still went to church… he didn’t. I asked if he tried praying to God. He said he didn’t know how to pray any more. I replied, “I have the very booklet for you, called trypraying.” A few weeks later he said he had found the booklet very helpful and that he had recommitted his life to Christ and that his life was getting back on track.’

This is just one of many stories coming out of the trypraying project. More than 60 areas have ordered copies of the trypraying booklet to ‘use it and lose it’ during Lent and Easter as part of Hope14. Find out more and order copies here.

If you register your church for the April 2014 campaign before April, you can get booklets for 50p which is half price!  http://www.thereishope.co.uk/join-in/
You’ll then be sent an email with a ‘secret code’ to order your booklets at 50% off.

Visit our website: www.trypraying.co.uk
Call us on: 0131 202 6449


Who? - The Story of Jesus

Introduce people to Jesus in a new way and back up Christian action with words.

Paul Langham and Roy Crowne
HOPE’s partner Bible Society has published Who? – The Story of Jesus to help churches put faith into words as well as action as part of HOPE 2014’s year of mission together. Paul Langham, who wrote Who? is pictured with Roy Crowne.

‘We are thrilled to work in partnership with Bible Society to produce this book as a resource for the whole church to use to introduce people to Jesus, whose love has transformed our lives,’ says Roy Crowne, Executive Director of HOPE. ‘The person behind this book has impacted thousands of lives over thousands of years and is still having that same impact today. I pray that many people of all ages will be drawn into the story, enjoy the read but more than that, encounter the person who introduces himself through its pages.’

The life and death of Jesus were written from different viewpoints Matthew, Mark and Luke and yet, they set out their material in a similar way. In Who? – The Story of Jesus their words are blended together into a single faithful account, so the story of Jesus is brought to life through the eyes of his closest companions. Friends, sceptics and enemies all asked, ‘Who is he?’ Give someone the gift of Who? – The Story of Jesus and help them find out for themselves.
Who Hope book cover FINAL 4-1   
Click here to order your copies
 from Bible Society and:

  • Use to give a reason for the hope you have (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Give copies away to schools and individuals in your community
  • Use at Alpha, Christianity Explored and other courses introducing people to Jesus
  • Support new comers to the Christian faith

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Growing Hope






Help spread the HOPE vision

A number of HOPE practitioners gathered in London recently to pray, plan and pass on inspiration and ideas about making HOPE happen in local areas. Many of the 500 HOPE practitioners around the country are volunteers: Pastor Morola Hayden of the RCCG Harvest Fellowship in Rugby is the new volunteer HOPE practitioner for her town. A few areas have appointed a salaried staff-worker: Manchester is the latest city to allocate funds to support a HOPE practitioner following an offering taken at a Manchester church leaders’ event. Practitioners help to connect churches in mission, spreading the HOPE vision in their area. We need more! The dream is 5,000 areas taking part in Hope14. It’s not too late to sign up here to be a volunteer HOPE practitioner in your area. 

Young people taking a lead in mission

The Big Weekender from 3rd-5th May 2014 is a Bank Holiday weekend to focus on mission. Hundreds of youth groups up and down the country are making creative mission plans. Sign up at hope-revolution.com/bigweekender and post Big Weekender videos at hoperev2014.com


Telling the story and sharing the faith!

This excellent resource  'Sharing Jesus' offers many ideas in how we can witness to our faith in both words and actions but more particularly in words. That is how we can move on from our actions to speaking a word of witness. Recognizing that to win some we have to be winsome!




   
 Doing more, together, in word and action
Students, young people and churches are working together as part of Hope14. In Norfolk, 6,000 young people at the Newday festival will support churches in their Hope14 mission plans. Churches in the New Forest are to get the help of 170 Moorlands College students as they put faith into action during Hope14, and Cliff College students will be supporting mission in Cumbria. We are stronger together than apart! 

Rural Mission Swap Shop

How do rural churches build community and share Jesus? Ludlow Deanery held a mission Swap Shop to share ideas that worked in their area from ‘Faith in the Pub’ and an ‘Off the Street’ youth club to Godly Play and a village hall drop-in coffee morning. Read more here


There are more ideas and 'Stories of Rural Hope' on the Arthur Rank Centre web site - www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk




Kindness and generosity in Lent

This Lent, whether you're a family, church, small group, workplace, school or youth group, 40acts Together provides you with resources to guide and challenge you to live generously, beginning 5th March 2014. Sign up here and you'll receive the daily 40acts challenges when Lent begins, as well as a unique link to download 40acts Together group resources. Also, the #Do1NiceThing Lent Challenge at www.do1nicething.org.uk has loads of creative ideas to equip people with a different #Do1NiceThing activity every day to make our communities nicer places to be.  



World War One




There are a number of excellent resources that are available to help the Church engage with their communities as together we remember the outbreak of World War One. There will be Services to commemorate the announcement of going to war on the 4th August with the suggestion of extinguishing a candle signifying the phrase 'the lights are going out all over Europe.'  At the very least each Church should offer to clean and tidy up their War Memorial. Also the Royal British Legion is encouraging poppy growing with seed distributions.   Much will be made of the carol 'Silent Night' which was one of the carols sung during the famous Christmass 1914 football match. In particular after running some pilots in 2013 there are resources to help organize Carol Singing in the Stadium (Football Stadiums)


 Flooded?

The Arthur Rank Centre is circulating information to support those affected by flooding. Click here to find out how churches in rural areas can help flood victims.




Friday, 6 December 2013

Making Plans for 2014!

In support of HOPE 2014 year of mission, Neighbourhood Prayer Network http://www.neighbourhoodprayer.net/  provide below month by month suggestions of how to reach out to your immediate neighbours. These ideas have been chosen because they require minimal preparation, little or no cost and take little time to accomplish. They call this collection of ideas, "Bite size mission - Hope to your Neighbours." Even if a few of them are done the effects will be far reaching, as long as they are all accompanied with prayer!

 Bite Size Mission- Hope For Your Neighbours!
 
            Pray for, Care for and Share faith with neighbours living on your street!
 
Throughout the year, try to get as many people in your church to register their street on the Neighbourhood Prayer Network website… http://www.neighbourhoodprayer.net/






January 2014:
Prayer 
The HOPE season of prayer guide until the 31st January. Available week by week on our newsletter or order from UCB. This guide began on October 18th 2013.
Care
Check on your elderly neighbours during bad weather this month, offer to go shopping for them/visit them.
Share
Ask God to show you three houses to pray for, every Friday of this year. Pray that the people living in them will become hungry to know God for themselves or draw closer to Him. 


February 2014:
Prayer
Neighbourhood Prayer Diary, available from our website. A seven day guide with a list of people to pray for each day.Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Guidance will follow nearer the time, closely linked to national news headlines.
Share
Give Your neighbours a copy of the "gift edition" of the Word or Today (available free from UCB).

March 2014:
Prayer
Forty days of prayer guide for Lent, a 2014 new edition, will be available on our website.
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
#do1nicething: A "LoveYour Streets" initiative. Each day spread the word on twitter about one nice nice thing you could do for someone in your neighbourhood and try to do it yourself. There is one for every day over lent. 
Share 
Give Your neighbours a copy of the "gift edition" of the Word for Today (available free from UCB).

April 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out. Forty days of prayer guide for Lent, a 2014 new edition, will be available on our website.
Care
#do1nicething: A "Love Your Streets" initiative. Each day spread the word on twitter about one nice nice thing you could do for someone in your neighbourhood and try to do it yourself. There is one for every day over lent.
Share
Give your neighbours the Father's Love Letter (available free from UCB) & an  invitation to your church at Easter.

May 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Invite your neighbours to a street party, a church party or a bigger festival as part of the Big Lunch/ HOPE. Working with Fusion, we will provide resources for this.
Share
Send a thank you letter to your GP, Neighbourhood Police officer, MP, a teacher of your Children/Grandchildren, your local councillor or someone else working in the public sector. Give them a "gift edition of the word for Today, available from UCB for free.

June 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Organise a Street party, a church party or a church festival as part of the BIG LUNCH. Resources on how to do this in a church context will be provided via Fusion in partnership with HOPE.
Share
Give out prayer request cards to your neighbours, asking them to return the cards to your church where you will pray over the requests over a two week period. Card design available from Neighbourhood Prayer Network, to be printed locally.

July 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Guidance will follow nearer the time, closely linked to national news headlines.
Share
Arrange a High Tea at your church, (traditional British tea, with cakes, sandwiches, served at your church). Neighbourhood Prayer Network are hoping you will invite your neighbours from your street and that any voluntary donations to this event after costs of putting on the event, might be donated towards Neighbourhood Prayer Network. A toolkit for this will be available from Neighbourhood Prayer Network nearer the time. 

August 2014:
Prayer
Picking Up Prayer: An initiative of Church Plus. Pray a blessing over your local street, while picking up litter. Wear a T-Shirt with the name of your local church on the back and be ready to answer why you are picking up litter.Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Picking Up Prayer: An initiative of Church Plus. Pray a blessing over your local street, while picking up litter. Wear a T-Shirt with the name of your local church on the back and be ready to answer why you are picking up litter.
Share
Picking Up Prayer: An initiative of Church Plus. Pray a blessing over your local street, while picking up litter. Wear a T-Shirt with the name of your local church on the back and be ready to answer why you are picking up litter.

September 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Guidance will follow nearer the time, closely linked to national news headlines.
Share
Invite some of your neighbours to a local Alpha Course or Christianity Explored or Emmaus Course. Alternatively, with the backing of your church leader, run a course on your street.
Back to Church Sundays, invite your neighbours to Back to Church Sunday.

October 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Organise an alternative Halloween party at your church.
Share
Give out the Bag of HOPE at Halloween to children who come trick or treating. This is available from UCB and is a free resource (except for Postal costs).

November 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Organise an Operation Christmas Child, shoe packing party on your street. This is a Samaritan's Purse project. The aim is to get as many shoe boxes filled with presents to be sent to children in underprivileged areas of the World who would otherwise not receive any gifts. Getting your neighbours involved is a great way to meet your neighbours. Deadline for collection November 18th.
Share
Give out the HOPE edition of the Word for Today to Your Neighbours, living on your street.

December 2014:
Prayer
Pray for three houses on your street every Friday and pray a blessing over your street every time you go out.
Care
Organise a Christmas party for some of your neighbours. Is there someone on your street who will be spending Christmas alone? Could you invite them to share Christmas with your family?
Share
Give out Christmas cards and the Father's Love Letter to your neighbours, with a small gift to those you know best. Invite them to your local Carol service.
 
 



 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hope 14 begins now!

HOPE is about local churches doing more together in words and action – so we want to hear what churches in the Chichester diocese are doing so that we can encourage others.

HOPE starter kit
Not sure where to start with HOPE 2014 – there is ready-to-use stories, logos and a one-page ‘Engaging Communities’ mission planner for you to adapt to your local needs – you’ll find them in the HOPE practitioners’ HOPE Starter Kit dropbox.


Hope together ~ your urgent response needed
One question which needs your response: will you distribute HOPE car stickers? They weigh just 16g and will be available from late November. In 2014 the HOPE brand becomes public-facing. The car-sticker will announce ‘HOPE is here!’ with a HOPE web address for a non-church audience linked to www.christianity.org.uk. Please  contact 'Hope together' @ let me know by 28 October how many car stickers you can distribute.


Resources from HOPE
Hope are working with different partners to provide resources and to run events to make 2014 a year when sharing Good News in words and action is a natural part of Christian life.

WHO? – The Story of Jesus – the life of Jesus as recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke in one easy-to-read narrative. WHO? – The Story of Jesus is now available at only 75p a copy.

THE BIBLE – soon-to-be released resources from Damaris and Biblica to accompany Channel 5’s December screening of the epic mini-series THE BIBLE.


Bags of HOPE – encourage church members to give away Bags of HOPE to children calling to ‘trick or treat at Halloween – order your supplies from UCB at www.ucb.co.uk/bagofhope.

Greater Love – resources for the First World War commemorations to point to Jesus and his ‘greater love’ – watch the video introducing Greater Love here.

Sharing Jesus – a training manual on how to put faith into words published in November in partnership with UCB, Crossing London and Share Jesus International.

Stadium carols
- Sports chaplains around the country are working with HOPE to hold Christmas carol events in December as fans and communities gather to celebrate Christmas in 60 of the country’s sports stadiums. Download details of how to stage a stadium carol event. In December 2014 the stadium carols theme will be Silent Night – linking with the WW1 Commemorations.

Strengthening our partnership

• Why not add HOPE to your church and inter-church websites with a link to our website?

• Please use the HOPE logo in your publications and online to highlight our partnership.

• Display a HOPE banner at your events. Banners can be bought online from CPO


Stories of Rural HOPE

HOPE wants to see churches across the UK reaching the whole country for a year of mission during 2014. In 2008 the idea was put to the test and 1,500 churches joined together and shared faith at the heart of their communities.

The Arthur Rank Centre are encouraging rural churches to get involved, and have put together a selection of stories to give you a few ideas.

From beer and carols in the local pub to adult holiday clubs, meditation trails and school prayer spaces, there should be something here for everyone! You can access all the stories on the Arthur Rank Web site, http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/library-of-good-practice/item/9239-stories-of-rural-

 
 
 
Chichester Diocesan Mission Fund Fast Track
 





Alongside applications for larger grants The Mission Fund now offers Fast Track Grants of up to £2,000. The same form needs to be completed but can be sent at anytime to Archdeacon Roger who will put this before the Committee by email.

 
This Fast Track could be the perfect way for you to get some extra help with your
  Hope 14 project.

Applications need to be made by the end of January and the end of July each year
in time for Assessment Panels in September and February. Full details and an
application form can be obtained from the Mission Fund Chairman, Archdeacon of
Horsham, 3 Danehurst Crescent, Horsham RH13 5HS, tel: 01403 262710 or through the ‘search box’ on the diocesan website www.chichester.anglican.org



 
 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Ready & Resourced

HOPE - The Heartbeat of Mission

We have a 100 copies 'free' to good homes - get in touch ASAP!

 

HOPE – the Heartbeat of Mission is 224 pages packed full of tried-and-tested mission ideas, resources and funding links for foodbanks and village fairs; Passion plays and parenting courses and more.

HOPE – The Heartbeat of Mission is brand new and includes:

HOPE HEARTBEAT COVER copy- practical ideas - true stories of mission in words and action that have worked
- theology around mission – theologian Paula Gooder on why words and actions go together in mission Jesus-style
- theory - including an outline for a year of mission from the Bishop of Sheffield
- funding of up to £2,000 to pump-prime each new church-based community project

Denominations are ordering copies in bulk to give to church leaders. For example, the Diocese of Worcester has ordered 1,000 copies of HOPE – The Heartbeat of Mission. They plan to give one to every church in the area.

Roger Morris, Archdeacon of Worcester said: ‘We want to equip, not just clergy but, all people so they can participate wholeheartedly in HOPE 2014.  As a diocese we have been in consultation with every parish about what they are doing. This HOPE 2014 initiative comes at just the right time for our diocese.’

Buy copies of HOPE – the Heartbeat of Mission from the HOPE shop. It costs £5.99 a copy (plus P+P)

Denominations, Dioceses and groups of churches working together can apply for bulk order discounts and mission training from the HOPE team.
Contact the HOPE office for more info.

Hope - Seasons of Prayer: a daily prayer guide running from the Hope 14 Launch on the 18th October until the end of January 2014. Copies available from Church House Hove. 




Stories of Rural HOPE




HOPE wants to see churches across the UK reaching the whole country for a year of mission during 2014. In 2008 the idea was put to the test and 1,500 churches joined together and shared faith at the heart of their communities.
We are encouraging rural churches to get involved, and have put together a selection of stories to give you a few ideas.
From beer and carols in the local pub to adult holiday clubs, meditation trails and school prayer spaces, there should be something here for everyone! You can access all the stories here

UCB – Bag of Hope
The ALL NEW Bag of Hope is a free resource available for UK churches to order. All they ask is that you pay for postage of the packs. It is a plastic bag with the words ' Bag of Hope' printed on the front, containing booklets which illustrate the Gospel. Bag of Hope is intended for distribution over Halloween (they also have a Christmas one).
http://www.ucb2go.co.uk/pages/bag-of-hope.html


Do let me know what you are doing and if you would like a copy of the Resource Book or some of the Prayer Booklets - gordon.banks@chichester.anglican.org (01273 425686)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Hope ~ Launch, Prayers and Christmass Carols!


HOPE launch
HOPE launches in October with an all night prayer event for 40,000 people and a reception hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury for the leaders of Britain’s churches and ministries.

You are invited to join us at the Excel Centre in London on Friday 18 October for the Festival of Life from 8pm hosted by the Redeemed Christian Church of God. This prayer gathering brings together 40,000 Christians every six months to pray for our country. If you are able to attend this special HOPE launch night, please contact the HOPE office: office@hopetogether.org.uk or phone 01788 542782.

A week later, the Archbishop of Canterbury is hosting a reception at Lambeth Palace for 100 key leaders on 24 October, leading the nation as we ask God to transform our nation. Could your church or churches in your area meet during the week 18-24 October to pray with us for our villages, towns and cities in 2014?
 

‘HOPE Together’ are distributing hundreds of thousands of their Mission Prayer Focus Leaflets, which have a Scripture and a prayer point for each day between mid-October and the beginning of January 2014.  The prayers, contributed by a dozen HOPE partners, are also available as a Word document for you to add to local prayer calendars and parish magazine prayer diaries. Download the HOPE’s Mission Prayer Focus from the HOPE website prayer pages: http://bit.ly/14VHQyg.

They’re looking to distribute these as widely as possible to get people across the country praying together about all the mission opportunities 2014 will hold.

                                                                Season of prayer
DAILY PRAYER DIARY
18th Oct 2013 – 31st Jan 2014
                                                                                                      

If you think you could facilitate this by receiving a delivery of these leaflets from HOPE and distributing them to your churches, please get in contact with Catherine Butcher (e: cath.butcher@hopetogether.org.uk tel: 01788 542782)


Rhythm of Mission
Harvest is the next season in HOPE’s rhythm of mission. For rural churches this is a key season to bring the community together to celebrate God’s provision. Urban churches are taking the opportunity to celebrate work. Please send us news and photos of what you do this year so we have examples to show the media in 2014.
 
Bags of HOPE
How about doing something positive this Halloween and offer HOPE to those who come trick-or-treating? UCB in partnership with HOPE, One Hope and the 4points, have put together an all-new Bag of HOPE free for this Halloween. To view the Bag of HOPE and place your order (first come first served) go to www.ucb.co.uk/bagofhope and look at the Vimeo add which is on UCB TV at http://vimeo.com/channels/ucbmedia/71503257

Remembrance


Next year the whole country will mark the centenary of the start of World War 1. Your local council and MP might have contacted you already as churches play a key role in 2014s Remembrance events. HOPE is working with a range of denominations, military chaplaincies and ministries to produce resources and provide ideas for you to use to help people who pause to reflect, to consider Jesus’ Greater Love. The resources include a give-away Gospel which replicates one given to WW1 troops, and Silent Night resources to link to the Christmas truce in the trenches.

Sports Stadium carol events

Dozens of sports clubs are working with Sports Chaplaincy UK to plan community carol events. We are hoping that 50 stadiums will host a community carol event this Christmas. Everything you need to plan an event is available to download from the HOPE website. Contact your local sports stadium to ask if churches can work in partnership with the club to host an event.
 

Local church publicity materials
We can provide you with ready-made articles for your church magazine, an A5 HOPE cover for your January 2014 parish or church magazine and a letter template to introduce HOPE to civic leaders. These can be downloaded from the Resources section of the website.

Please keep us posted on your plans to build faith and share hope in 2014...