- What's On
20th December 2016
Ever had to ring the church office to ask for contact details for a member of City Hope? Can't find the refreshments rota you were emailed a month ago?
What if I told you there was an app you could download free, which would give you all this information at your fingertips? Or if you prefer, you can just log in to a website on your browser to do the same?
In the City Hope office we use a system called churchapp for all our data management. We keep our mailing lists here, create all the Sunday rotas, use the room booking system for meetings and events at Drummond, and other tasks.
In addition to this useful software, we have a system for you, the church member!
Named 'mychurhapp' it is tailored to your individual use.
At the touch of a button you can find the email address or phone number of someone in the church; see any rotas you are on; find emails you've been sent about your rotas, church meetings and so on. You can also add or amend your kids' details, and see church events on the calendar.
Also the Sunday sermon recordings are automatically uploaded to the 'My Podcast' area. So many useful things all in one place!
In order to make use of this great little tool, just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get you up and running with a username and password. You can download the app from Appstore and Playstore for free.
If you already use mychurchapp, then this is just a reminder of why you should keep using it!
Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea
14th October 2016
We have just finished a six part sermon series entitled 'Being the People of God in a post-Christian Society'.
Looking at the first letter from the apostle Peter in the New Testament, we saw various ways that the pre-Christian society of his time has similarities with our 'post-Christian' society.
We looked at what it means to be 'exiles' or travellers through this world, keeping our distinctiveness and our identity as God's children.
As we were reflecting on this in a staff coffee break this week, we remembered the message Dr Dave Landrum preached back in November last year.
Dave Landrum works for the Evangelical Alliance as Director of Advocacy, and he came to City Hope and preached an engaging and provoking message to encourage the church to speak up for the gospel, in every arena, in this post-Christian society.
If you missed it, I recommend it. If you heard it, you may want to listen again in light of what we've recently heard on Sundays.
Here's the link.
Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea
30th September 2016
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
15th June 2016
A few months ago I received an unexpected invitation to the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. I am not sure how I ended up on their mailing list but I did book in and attended the event yesterday (Tuesday 14th June). Over 700 people were there altogether, a mixture of Christian leaders of all denominations from up and down the country with 150 Members of Parliament. As an expression of unity across different expressions of Christianity in the UK it was a very encouraging time. The prayer breakfast was organised by Christians in Parliament.
After the main prayer breakfast I attended a meeting hosted by the Cinnamon Network aimed at encouraging church leaders to engage and build strong relationships with local councils and business leaders. In particular Cinnamon are wanting to see regional churches together run 100-200 civic prayer events in their area. I was attending as a representative of Southwark for Jesus and this is exactly the sort of thing that SFJ has done quite successfully in the past and it was great to receive the challenge of what could be done again in the future.
There are no plans yet but certainly the heart of City Hope and SFJ is to make sure that the good news of Jesus doesn't stay confined inside church buildings but that we find ways of expressing our faith in relevant ways in all areas of society. The National Parlimentary Prayer Breakfast and the proposed civic prayer events are just two ways where that can happen.