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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30th January 2018

A Grief Shared

The content of this blog has been varied, and its frequency patchy to say the least! 

For the coming weeks, we’re going to use it to share with you a blog post from someone else, something we’ve read and felt worth bringing to your attention.

There are many websites, blogs and articles out there, and for many of us there’s just not enough time to plough through them, looking for the diamond in the rough, so to speak.

Here‘s the first suggestion which deserves a read: from Simon Thomas, Sky presenter and Christian, who lost his wife to cancer so very suddenly two months ago. It’s not an easy read, but has attracted much media attention due to its heart rending tragedy and touching vulnerability.

“Honest weakness takes courage and in doing that it affirms our common humanity.“

A Grief Shared
 by Simon Thomas.

Rebecca Whittlesea

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6th December 2017

Christmas at City Hope

Christmas is coming, and at City Hope it's always a busy time, with events and services taking place across the season and in different locations.

Here's what's planned for our big Christmas weekend, the 16th and 17th December:

City Hope Rotherhithe 
Saturday 16th December - Christmas Wrapped Up. Free gift wrapping service at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, 11am-4pm. 

Saturday 16th December - Carols at the Lodge. Festive carol singing, a hog roast, and festive refreshments at the Lodge, 120a Lower Road, SE16 2UB. Doors open at 7pm. (Over 16s only.)

Sunday 17th December - Family Carol Celebration at Early Excellence at 11am. Family friendly carols, talk and refreshments. 

City Hope Bermondsey
Sunday 17th December - Family Carol Celebration at 10:30am at Drummond. A fun filled family event with games, songs and a short talk.

Sunday 17th December - Evening Carols. Festive carols, songs and fun at The Bermondsey Yard Cafe. Mulled wine and pizzas available. Doors open at 6pm. 

Then in addition we have: 

Christmas Day - Our traditional short family service on Christmas day at Drummond. 10am-11am, starting with coffee. 

Sunday 31st December - A short family service at our usual time of 10:30am at Drummond.

(Please note there are no services on Sunday 24th December.)

We are looking forward to seeing you all at one or more of our Christmas events!

Merry Christmas to all.

Rebecca Whittlesea

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22nd February 2017

Youth worker position


Full Time Youth Worker with City Hope Church and Salmon Youth Centre

Unrivalled opportunity to make an impact

City Hope Church and Salmon Youth Centre are combining together to give a fantastic opportunity for a youth worker to make a lasting impact in the lives of young people in South East London. Candidates must have an ongoing Christian commitment in line with the mission, vision and ethos of both organisations.

We are looking for a proactive individual who can make a two-year commitment to this role. You may have finished university and want to invest some time in Christian service before launching a career elsewhere or you may want to build a career in youth or church work.

The opportunities will be exciting and demanding and include organising programmes, running clubs, taking assemblies, providing pastoral care and most importantly building great relationships with young people and volunteer workers.

The full time role is split between City Hope Church (3 days) and the Salmon Youth Centre (2 days). Both organisations have a good long term relationship with each other and are working together to recruit the right candidate. The working week will include some evenings and Sunday mornings.

Accommodation (including bills, food and internet) in the Salmon Centre is part of the package. On top of this the salary will be around £10,000 per annum.

For more information and how to apply please contact Chris Nicholson at City Hope Church ( The closing date for applications is Tuesday 21st March.

Rebecca Whittlesea

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