CITY HOPE BLOG


20th December 2016

Mychurchapp could change your life!



Ever had to ring the church office to ask for contact details for a member of City Hope? Can't find the refreshments rota you were emailed a month ago?

What if I told you there was an app you could download free, which would give you all this information at your fingertips? Or if you prefer, you can just log in to a website on your browser to do the same?

In the City Hope office we use a system called churchapp for all our data management. We keep our mailing lists here, create all the Sunday rotas, use the room booking system for meetings and events at Drummond, and other tasks.

In addition to this useful software, we have a system for you, the church member!
Named 'mychurhapp' it is tailored to your individual use.

At the touch of a button you can find the email address or phone number of someone in the church; see any rotas you are on; find emails you've been sent about your rotas, church meetings and so on. You can also add or amend your kids' details, and see church events on the calendar.

Also the Sunday sermon recordings are automatically uploaded to the 'My Podcast' area. So many useful things all in one place!

In order to make use of this great little tool, just email me rebecca.whittlesea@cityhope.co.uk and I'll get you up and running with a username and password. You can download the app from Appstore and Playstore for free.
If you already use mychurchapp, then this is just a reminder of why you should keep using it!


Rebecca Whittlesea

Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea
14:24


14th October 2016

Being the People of God in a post-Christian Society


We have just finished a six part sermon series entitled 'Being the People of God in a post-Christian Society'.

Looking at the first letter from the apostle Peter in the New Testament, we saw various ways that the pre-Christian society of his time has similarities with our 'post-Christian' society.

We looked at what it means to be 'exiles' or travellers through this world, keeping our distinctiveness and our identity as God's children.

As we were reflecting on this in a staff coffee break this week, we remembered the message Dr Dave Landrum preached back in November last year.

Dave Landrum works for the Evangelical Alliance as Director of Advocacy, and he came to City Hope and preached an engaging and provoking message to encourage the church to speak up for the gospel, in every arena, in this post-Christian society.

If you missed it, I recommend it. If you heard it, you may want to listen again in light of what we've recently heard on Sundays.

Here's the link.


Rebecca Whittlesea

Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea
14:42


30th September 2016

Special Offering - Sunday 9th October


One of the ways we can be a demonstration of God’s love to others is by being generous with our money. On Sunday 9th October we have a wonderful opportunity to be used by God to be a great blessing to others with our special offering. Please read the message below from Dave Nunn (one of City Hope’s elders) that gives the reason for our special offering and further details about what it will be used for:

“The purpose of our special offering is to help the church in Conakry, Guinea by buying a plot of land for them. Lesley and I have visited the church over the past three years and have a great relationship with them. Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world ranked 9th on the United Nations scale. Nicolas and Elaine who lead the church are a French and English couple who 11 years ago felt called to go to Guinea to start the church. In those 11 years they have faced enormous challenges, initially working with refugees from Sierra Leone and now
increasingly with local Guineans.

Lesley and I first went out of friendship established through various Newfrontiers’ conferences. As we have got to know the church we have continued to encourage Nicolas and Elaine as well as the other church elders. They face the difficult challenge of working among the urban poor of Guinea. With occasional electricity, no running water, constant 32oC and near 90% humidity - sickness is never far away.

At present the church rents a property to meet in, that they can ill afford. We would like to raise £20,000 through the special offering to go towards the probable £40,000-£50,000 it will cost to buy a good sized plot of land to put a church building on. This will make a good deposit and allow us to go to others to help raise some of the remaining sum, unless of course we raise enough this year. The plot will then be used to build a multi-purpose building that will be used either as a second school (saving yet more rent) or rented out during the week. The present facilities are not great and with the relief from rental payments the church will have more money to spend on establishing the kingdom of God in Guinea.

Please give generously as we seek to leave a lasting legacy in Guinea. Thank you. Dave Nunn.”

Watch the video about the special offering here

We will take up the special offering at our Sunday service at HAB on the 9th October
Cheques can be made payable to ‘City Hope Church’.
For electronic banking use: HSBC, Sort Code: 40-06-21, Account number: 72416069
To give by card please go to www.give.net/cityhopespecial


Vic Wilson

Posted by Vic Wilson
14:34


15th July 2016

Vision Sunday (3rd July) and letter from the elders


(Photo of Bell & Sons local butcher providing lunch for City Hope on the 3rd July.)

On the 3rd July at City Hope's 'Meet and Eat' Sunday the elders outlined a vision to see City Hope move to three Sunday sites, in Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and the ‘South’ by January 2018. Following on from the Sunday a letter was sent to church members covering the main points of that vision by way of a reminder. The text from that letter is given below.

Why go to sites?
We want to build a big church but keep the intimacy and sense of community in church life that sites will allow us.

Being ‘local’ has always been a big part of City Hope’s DNA. Going to three sites will help us to reach the localities where we live in a more bespoke way and to reflect the diversity found in our different local areas of London.

We have been developing our local outreach in the past few years through our Connect communities and groups. Going to sites means we can also bring our Sunday gatherings into this vision. It will provide more opportunities for people to realise the potential of their God given gifts which can be more difficult in a large church.

How do we prepare?
On the 3rd July we highlighted a few specific areas of church life that we want to develop to help us get ready for sites, including: looking for new elders to join the team; recruiting a part-time youth worker to strengthen our youth work; holding a monthly Sunday evening worship event; and developing a number of training programmes to allow us to grow in our maturity and gifts.

Also we will run five ‘local Sundays’ like the 19th June. These will help build the church community in our localities. The next planned ‘local Sunday’ is the 16th October followed by our carol services in mid-December.

We’ll be looking to develop local flavour and vision for each site as we get ready for the launch. Chris Nicholson is leading Rotherhithe, Paul Brown leading Bermondsey and Vic Wilson leading City Hope ‘South’ which includes the Deptford, New Cross, Peckham and Camberwell localities.

Going to three sites could be just the start for us. We have a big vision for London and the ‘villages’ that make it up. However, we do want to take time to do this well, which is why our goal is to launch in January 2018, still 18 months away.

We want to be one church meeting in different sites. We want to catch God’s heart for our different localities and see his love transforming them, believing God for an impact across London and the world.

As you have read this you may be excited or perhaps unsettled. You may have questions or concerns. Please feel free to talk to any of the elders face to face, on the phone or by e mail. We desire to be a church moving together in love and unity; so let us know what you think. We are aware that this is a lot to take on board but we are excited about what God has for City Hope as we look to step out in faith with boldness to see our local communities impacted by the love of Jesus.

With our love

Vic, Paul, Dave & John.


Vic Wilson

Posted by Vic Wilson
11:42


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