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.

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27th May 2016

Local Sunday (June 19th): City Hope on the move

"We are not a church that has moved but a church that is on the move" were the words Paul Brown, one of the elders at City Hope, spoke when we moved our two Sunday services at our building on Drummond Road to one service at Harris Academy Bermondsey a couple of years ago. The move to HAB was always with a vision to grow, gain momentum and move again. Not to one larger venue but to different venues that would better reflect the value of local community that we carry as a church.

Sunday June 19th - local Sunday - is an important date for us as we take another step in the direction of our vision to grow and remain 'local'. On that Sunday we will not be meeting at HAB but in three locations that reflect different areas where City Hope people live. Local Sunday builds on the direction and work of our geographically based Connect communities and groups and follows on from the success of our three carol services that also met in different locations.

If you are part of City Hope and attend one of our Connect communities or groups you are probably well aware of the three different meetings and which meeting is the one 'in your area'. If you aren't in a community or group here are the details you need to know:

City Hope 'Bermondsey' will be meeting at our building on Drummond Road (SE16 2JY). If you live further west in to Borough please also come to this meeting.

City Hope 'Rotherhithe' will be meeting at the The Finnish Church (33 Albion Street, SE16 7JG).

City Hope 'South' will be meeting at Somerville Youth and Play Provision (264 Queens Road, SE14 5JN). If you live somewhere other than Bermondsey or Rotherhithe then please come to this meeting.

All the services will start at 10.30am, the usual time! All services will have children's work (not youth work on this occassion) and the talk given at each will be from the same passage but obviously three different speakers! Although we will be meeting in different places on June 19th it will still be City Hope together, reaching out across South London and beyond with God's love. Please come along and please invite friends and neighbours too. It will be great to see you there.

Please click here to watch a video about local Sunday.

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11th November 2015

City Hope Christmas Carols in the Community

After many years of successful Christmas carol services at our own building, we are embarking on a new exciting venture, and taking our carol service 'on the road'. The City Hope musicians and vocalists, along with gifted communicator Paul Brown, will visit three local venues to present a traditional carol service with a contemporary twist, for all the family. Refreshments will be served at each of the three venues. All are welcome. Please join us and bring some friends.

Saturday 12th December. Doors open 7.00pm
Docklands Settlement Community Centre, Rotherhithe SE16 5LJ

Peckam/Camberwell/New Cross
Sunday 13th December. Doors open 10.30am
Thames Reach Employment Academy, 29 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UA

Sunday 13th December. Doors open 6pm
Bermondsey Yard Cafe, 40 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD

Rebecca Whittlesea

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