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 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

20th July 2016

Vision Sunday video

Here's the video we shared at our recent Meet and Eat Vision Sunday event on the 3rd of July. It outlines some of the details of the vision to move towards three Sunday sites by January 2018. You can also read the text of the letter sent by the elders to all church members following the Sunday event here.

Rebecca Whittlesea

Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea

15th June 2016

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

A few months ago I received an unexpected invitation to the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. I am not sure how I ended up on their mailing list but I did book in and attended the event yesterday (Tuesday 14th June). Over 700 people were there altogether, a mixture of Christian leaders of all denominations from up and down the country with 150 Members of Parliament. As an expression of unity across different expressions of Christianity in the UK it was a very encouraging time. The prayer breakfast was organised by Christians in Parliament.

After the main prayer breakfast I attended a meeting hosted by the Cinnamon Network aimed at encouraging church leaders to engage and build strong relationships with local councils and business leaders. In particular Cinnamon are wanting to see regional churches together run 100-200 civic prayer events in their area. I was attending as a representative of Southwark for Jesus and this is exactly the sort of thing that SFJ has done quite successfully in the past and it was great to receive the challenge of what could be done again in the future.

There are no plans yet but certainly the heart of City Hope and SFJ is to make sure that the good news of Jesus doesn't stay confined inside church buildings but that we find ways of expressing our faith in relevant ways in all areas of society. The National Parlimentary Prayer Breakfast and the proposed civic prayer events are just two ways where that can happen.

Vic Wilson

Posted by Vic Wilson

10th June 2016

Festivals, lunches and camps

Catalyst Festival
Just under two weeks ago 150 City Hopers were on their way to the 2016 Catalyst Festival. We all had a fantastic time and if you were at our Sunday service at HAB last Sunday you would have heard some stories of some of the great experiences people had.

The talks from the conference will be available soon: visit to get hold of them. Simon Holley on Sunday morning and Alan Scott on Tuesday morning come highly recommended.

Many people from City Hope were serving in various capacities at the Festival - a big thank you to all of them for their time and effort.

The Festival is not happening for two years now. The dates (if you can think this far in advance) are Saturday 26th to Tuesday 29th May, 2018. If it is as good as this year you want to make sure you are there for it!

Big Lunch
Last Sunday our Deptford based Connect group got involved with a Big Lunch street party. It was a fantastic success with around 50 people having fun together: even the sun came out and joined in! Getting involved in great community events like this is something City Hope wants to be doing: doing good and being light to those around us; demonstrating God's love and having fun at the same time. One of our Bermondsey Connect communities is involved with a Big Lunch this coming weekend at the Galleywall Nature Reserve.

And finally...
All the best to our 25 City Kids going off on a camping trip this weekend. And thank you to the brave adults taking them.

Vic Wilson

Posted by Vic Wilson