10th February 2018

What's the culture of our homes?

This week's choice of blog post comes from a few weeks ago but I think it warrants sharing here in case you missed it.
The Gospel Coalition publish some brilliant material; often thought provoking and challenging; often inspiring and enlightening.

This post is specifically about the nuclear family and how we bring up children, but I think it speaks to all of us. 
The post presents some research about which practices in the Christian home are positive indicators in children growing up into young adults who remain in the faith. 
One of the surpirses to me, and my kids, was the finding that listening to predominantly Christian music in the home seems to make kids more likely to grow into adult believers. But it makes sense if you think about it. As long as the Christian music we're listening to is good (!), then we're filling our minds (and any kids who are around) with truth, and as we all know, put words to a tune and you'll remember them forever. 

Bible reading and prayer are up there too in the research, so don't think it's all about your your spotify playlist! 

It starts like this:
Parents, don’t take the biblical proverb “train up a child” and treat it like a promise, assuming that if you do everything right in your parenting, your children will turn out right.

Rebecca Whittlesea

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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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9th January 2015

Week of Prayer (Mon 12th to Sat 17th Jan)

We should be "A church that looks as though it has come from the presence of the Lord"! That was the challenge Terry Virgo gave us in his excellent sermon on Sunday 7th December at HAB. Using the story of Jonah as an illustration Terry highlighted the immense privilege we have as Christians to be people who can 'hear from God'. Just as 'the word of the Lord came to' Jonah so God's word can come to us. Jesus promised that his sheep (us) will hear his voice and follow him.

With this wonderful privilege comes huge responsibility. Jonah initially blew it, trying to flee to Tarshish rather than go to Nineveh ("The devil has a whole fleet of ships going to Tarshish" was a particularly memorable line from Terry's talk) but God's word came to him a second time and gave him another chance. We also have a responsibility to take 'God's word' to people, being a witness of Jesus and all the wonderful things he has done in our lives. We don't always get it right but God is kind and patient with us as he was with Jonah.

On Monday 12th to Saturday 17th January we have a week of prayer that gives us a great opportunity to seek God together, hear his voice in fresh ways and be sent again in his name to those around us who need to know his love and mercy. With Terry's exhortation to be "a church that looks as though it has come from the presence of the Lord" ringing in our ears, can I encourage all City Hopers to make every effort to attend at least one of our prayer meetings next week.

Please remember as we start our regular 10.30am Sunday service at HAB all the prayer meetings will be at Drummond! The full programme is as follows:

Monday 8pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 7am-8am and 9am to 10am
Wednesday 12pm-1pm; family prayer 3.45pm-4.30pm; and 8pm-9.30pm
Thursday 7am-8am
Friday 8am-9am
Saturday 8am-9am

The Dr Sharpe room will also be open for individual prayer on Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-3pm.

See you there.

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11th December 2014

City Hope's Christmas Program

Life has been busy at City Hope over the past few weeks! Just two Sundays ago we had our last 9.30am and 11.30am services at Drummond. The Sunday just gone we were privileged to have Terry Virgo speaking at our final 'one-off' service at HAB before we start meeting there regularly from the 11th January. Between now and then it is Christmas (!) and City Hope has a varied programme across the festive season.

Tonight our youth have their Christmas meal together.

Friday - FAB meets for the final time this year and in the evening the FAB volunteers (no pun intended) celebrate the end of term with Christmas drinks also Drummond is being used to host the Kings Construction Christmas Dinner.

Saturday is the Kids Club Christmas Special in the morning, followed by a farewell tea for the Vargersons and Ahmedis as they go to Cyprus in the New Year.

On Sunday we have our carol services, two of the most significant events in our year. We hope you will be able to join us in the morning, evening or even for both.

The family carol service has been a great hit over the past few years with children and adults alike. In the evening we have Adrian Holloway speaking to us. Adrian travels widely in the UK and is a very experienced and gifted speaker. The evening programme is given below to whet your appetite. At both services an offering will be taken up to support the work of GrowTH and Foodbank.

Carol: Once in Royal David’s City
Choir: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Reading: Romans chapter 5
Video reading: Isaiah chapter 9 verses 2, 6-7
Carol: Joy to the world
Youth band: O Come, O Come Emmanuel and O Holy Night
Reading: Luke chapter 1 verses 26-37
Carol: O Come All Ye Faithful
Reading: John chapter 3 verses 16-17
Carol: Light of the Word
Reading: Luke chapter 2 verses 8-14
Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Talk by Adrian Holloway: "Peace with God”
Choir: Silent Night
Song: Hark the Herald Angels sing

(Other dates can bee seen in the title picture)

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