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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


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4th December 2015

Update and thank you for our recent special offering


On Sunday 11th October City Hope took up a special offering of which 20% of the funds raised were to be given away outside of the church. It has taken a little while for all the IOUs from the day to come in but we are very grateful to announce that we raised a total of just over £25,000 which is fantastic.

This means we have given £5000 to the following causes:

- £400 to a church in Lesotho through the charity 'Friends of Hope for Africa Missions'. Edward and Mpho who lead the church spoke at our prayer meeting and on a Sunday back in October.

- £2300 to the Newfrontiers church in Conakry, Guinea. Led by Nicholas and Elaine this is a church that David and Lesley Nunn have visited and supported a few times already. The church is doing an amazing work for God, reaching out to people, running a school, helping the community recover from the Ebola outbreak and supporting a church plant amongst other things. It is great we are able to bless them with this gift.

- £1150 was given to Tearfund's 'No Child Taken' campaign. An important work we have given to in the past.

- Another £1150 was given to Tearfund's refugee crisis appeal along with £11.60 raised by City Kids!

Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to our offering. The money will make a wonderful difference in many people's lives across the globe; what a privilege for us to be a part of that.

The rest of the offering will be used for the ongoing work of the church as we 'build for God's glory' here in London. You can listen to Vic Wilson's sermon given on the day of the special offering here. It outlines the faith we need, financially speaking, if we are to move forward as a church and concludes with a giving challenge over the next 6 months.


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20th March 2015

Stories of Generosity


On Sunday 8th March City Hope took up a special offering. It is wonderful to announce that we have raised just over £20,000, including Gift Aid and IOUs.

This is fantastic news, a big thank you to everyone who has given. If you would still like to give you are very welcome to and if you have an IOU to redeem please do so! For information on our church finances, special offering and where the money will be used please see here.

The special offering is (yet again) a story of God's blessing on us that has overflowed in generous giving. Direct financial giving to City Hope is, of course, only one expression of generosity in the church. Recently I have heard of a number of other acts of generosity that have demonstrated kindness, love, compassion and help to different people, here are some them:

 - A cooker broke that belonged to a lady in the church. She couldn't afford a new one so a group of friends in the church had a whip round to pay for a new one.

 - A part gift, part loan from the church helps someone get back on their feet and into work. The money took them out of a Catch 22 situation that meant they couldn't start a new job.

 - In the past few weeks I have heard of no less than 3 sizeable anonymous gifts to people to help them with housing needs. Housing is such a huge issue for many. In City Hope there are stories of God's provision in both large and small ways of helping people find and pay for accommodation. Quite often this provision has been in the form of people offering space in their home for a temporary period for free to others. I know of two such situations currently happening.

 - An older housebound members receives regular help from church members for things like shopping or simply a visit. Giving time is often harder than giving money!

 - People frequently receive meals from others and the City Hope tradition of providing meals for families that have just had a new baby is now longstanding.

Thank God for these stories. God is a generous God and wonderfully his generosity can be seen at work in our lives in many different ways across the church. Many of these stories happened through relationships built in our Connect communities and groups. If you don't know people, they can't know what your needs are and you can't know what theirs are! Getting to know people and sharing lives together in our communities and groups is a vital way City Hope functions. Then as the church grows people will be cared for and be able to give and receive from each other naturally.


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5th March 2015

Special Offering - Sunday 8th March


Jesus said that we should “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthews 6 v33).

Everything we are about at City Hope , everything we do and pray, is about seeking more of God’s kingdom in our lives and the lives of others. This desire brings challenges in all areas of life including how we handle our money. To be ‘seeking first his kingdom’ means (amongst other things) using our money as part of that ‘seeking’.

City Hope has a wonderful, rich history of demonstrating financial generosity towards God’s kingdom and God has been faithful to us and used us to bless others on many occasions. In this past financial year alone a significant percentage of what was raised through our two special offerings was given outside of City Hope.

City Hope is a church that wants to move forward, seeing God’s Kingdom extended further both in London and internationally. In recent times of course we have quite literally ‘moved’ by now meeting at HAB on a Sunday. The challenge to keep moving forward means that we again need to look to God and prayerfully dig deep to rise to the financial challenge that ‘seeking first his kingdom’ brings to us in this coming financial year.

As you consider what to give to the special offering on Sunday 8th March please also take time to prayerfully review your regular giving to the church. Please also read through this leaflet which has more information about our finances and how we want to honour God. Many thanks for your generosity.

Looking Back (see pie charts)
As we come to the end of another financial year we can look back with gratitude at God’s generous blessing to City Hope.

Thanks to the many who have given regularly, faithfully and generously to the church, our income for the year has been enough for all of our expenses and with £3000 to spare! Please note that the pie charts show budget figures for March not actual figures (as we haven’t had March yet!)

A huge thank you to everyone who has given (money and time) to City Hope over this past year. Without your generosity we simply couldn’t accomplish all that we do. On top of the regular giving shown opposite we also raised substantial amounts through our special offerings. More about these on the back page.

Looking Forward (see pie charts)
We are a church on the move! We want to see God’s Kingdom extended further than we have yet seen both in London and beyond. Ultimately this is why we have moved to HAB for our Sunday services - because we have a desire to grow and HAB gives us space.

Moving to HAB does increase our regular expenses as the bottom pie chart shows. We also have a desire to increase our commitment to the excellent work of Christians Against Poverty (to help more people get out of debt and find Jesus) as well as strengthening our Kids Club and our Connect communities as they serve others. There is a financial
commitment to doing these things.

All these areas of growth bring a financial challenge to us. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to increase your regular giving at this time to help bring us closer to the 335K expense budget for this coming year.

Initially we will be able to make up any monthly shortfall between income and expenditure by using some of our savings and we intend to use some of the special offering too. Long term though we need to see an increase in regular giving equivalent to our standing orders going from £15,500 per month to around £18,500 per month. This is our long term aim.

God is with us in this and one very encouraging story is that we received a gift of £10,000 to the church from a source outside of our congregation and totally unexpected. God is good! All the time!

This year let us be expectant of more of God’s goodness to us both financially and in many other ways.



Special Offerings
As we have done in previous years we took up two special offerings in March and October, 2014. Just over £40,000 was raised! Well over 50% was given away to world situations such as the needs in Ukraine due to war, West Africa due to ebola and Syria/Iraq due to war and terrorism.

Other funds were given to the church and school we have relationship with in Conakry, Guinea and a portion went to Catalyst the network of churches we are a part of.

Finally some of the special offering was used for our new website (launched in Sep 14) and has covered some HAB costs in the Autumn term.

March and October 2015
This year we are committing 20% of everything we raise through the special offerings to be given away, outside of City Hope. The remainder will be put towards our regular expenses for the year as we look to close the gap between predicted regular income and expenditure. The three causes we want to give to for the March offering are:

Tearfund’s No Child Taken Campaign: Child trafficking is a global problem and Tearfund is doing some excellent work in this area.

Ukraine Crisis: People are still suffering on a daily basis in Ukraine. We will give to Christian Hope Church in Kiev (where Pastor Valery is based) to help the work they are doing.

Benin - Kingdom Clothing: The Newfrontiers church in Benin runs a clothing company that provides employment and affordable clothes for the local community. A gift to them would help them grow and make a real difference in the lives of many more people.


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