20th November 2014

Moving to a new Sunday venue (part 3 of 3)

Any venture of faith with God is going to be challenging. Below are some thoughts on the top three challenges that going to HAB will give us, followed by a list of key dates between now and the launch Sunday (11th January).

The Serving Challenge
Jesus served people; he washed the feet of his disciples and ultimately he has served us all by giving his life for us (see Mark 10 v45). As followers of Jesus we are called to serve each other and the people around us. Our Sunday teams are one way that we can serve. Without many valiant volunteers serving week in, week out at our Sunday services they simply would not happen - a huge thank you to you all. Moving to Harris will, in many ways, increase the amount of serving that needs to happen and it would be wonderful to see many people step up and help.

If you would consider yourself to be a part of City Hope but are not currently serving on one of our Sunday rotas please do consider getting involved ASAP. In particular the City Kids group and Welcome Team require more volunteers.

See here for more info on our children's work. To register your interest in serving please email the office (click here).

The Financial Challenge
As well as serving, Jesus also told his followers to give financially (see Matthew 6 v1-4). Again a big thank you to everyone who regularly gives to City Hope; we couldn’t do it without you.

The church is in a good financial position (praise God) but going to Harris will cost around £700 each week. This means we will need an increase in our regular giving of around 13%. If you already give to us and feel you can increase your gift that would be great. If you don’t currently give to City Hope but are in a position to do so that would also be wonderful.

If you wish to set up a standing order, our bank details are:
HSBC, account number 72416069, sort code 40-06-21

If you are a UK tax payer please fill in a Gift Aid form (available from the office). This enables us to reclaim from the government any tax you have paid, further benefitting the church.

See here for more info on serving and giving on our 'membership' page.

The Community Challenge
We don’t want people feeling lost in the crowd when we meet in a larger service at Harris. This is where our connect communities and groups come in. We want to see these established in all the communities we represent. Currently we have three connect communities (groups of 20+ people): one in Rotherhithe and two in Bermondsey. These connect communities all have smaller connect groups within them. We also have other connect groups in other areas.

We would love people to be in a connect group and in turn, part of a connect community. We are always looking to start new groups and communities where needed. If you are not in a connect community or group, please join one! If there is nothing ‘near’ you then please let us know so we can help you. Thank you.

Sunday 7th December: Terry Virgo the founder of Newfrontiers will be speaking to us. A 10.30am service at Harris Academy Bermondsey.

Sunday 14th December:
10.30am: Family Carol Service with Boutcher Primary School choir
7.30pm: Evening Carol service with guest speaker Adrian Holloway
Both services at Drummond.

Sunday 21st December: Family service with baptisms, Drummond, at 10.30am. Paul Brown will be speaking.

Thursday 25th December: Christmas Day service from 10.00am.

Sunday 28th December: Family service, Drummond, at 10.30am. Vic Wilson will be speaking.

Wednesday 31st December: ‘Watch Night of Prayer’ service at Drummond. From 9.30pm to 12.30am. Come and pray in the New Year with us, seeking God for His blessings in 2015.

Sunday 4th January: A 10.30am service with children's groups at Drummond, our final Sunday here. Dave Nunn will be speaking.

Sunday 11th January: We start Sunday services at Harris Academy Bermondsey, 10.30am! Vic Wilson be speaking.

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