News Update October 2017
‘Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:28,29.

I’ve been re-reading Acts recently and am struck by Paul’s persistence in preaching the gospel, no matter who he is with. 
We are praying that Christians all over the country will be preparing to make Jesus known in 2018 through what we say and what we do together.
Preparations for HOPE 2018 have stepped up a gear this month. We now have resources ready so every church can have something to give, something to say, and an invitation to offer to local people. Read below about exciting developments with Prison HOPE.
We are thrilled to hear how villages, towns and cities are making plans so that there will be expressions of HOPE 2018 springing up in every area in the new year. 
For example, churches in Hungerford are planning an 8-day mission at Easter 2018. They will be using the 2017 Christmas HOPE magazine to prepare the ground. In Hucknall there are plans for churches to use HOPE banners throughout the town linking what they do to the national initiative. And HOPE 2018 will be launched in January at Canterbury Cathedral, as churches in the city begin their year of mission.
We want to serve you in whatever way we can as you prepare to make Jesus known. Do let us know how we can support you, and tell us your plans so we can pray for you.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's Executive Director

40 Stories of HOPEPrison Hope
‘There is no one, no life, no story that is beyond God’s power to love and transform’ writes Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, in his foreword to 40 Stories of Hope.
40 Stories of Hope was launched at Lambeth Palace at a gathering of prison chaplains and prison volunteers. The Archbishop is pictured above at the launch with Bishop Richard Moth, the Catholic Bishop for Prisons; Catherine Butcher from HOPE who compiled the book; Pastor Osien Sibanda who contributed some of the stories drawn from his work in Bristol; Bishop James Langstaff, the Church of England Bishop for Prisons and Roy Crowne, executive director of HOPE.
HOPE has compiled 40 Stories of Hope from prisoners, prison chaplains and ex-prisoners, and CWR has published the stories in an attractive book, together with 40 daily readings and prayers, plus group sessions. The book can be used in the weeks leading up to Easter 2018 or at any time. Free copies are available for Prison Chaplains to give away. Copies can be ordered from CWR here.
Calendar-2018Catch the Vision
We have produced two free resources to help you spread the word about HOPE 2018. A 16-page brochure introduces the vision. The new fold-out HOPE 2018 poster includes a calendar for the year showing the rhythm of mission. Order copies free from the HOPE shop.
What-can-i-doSomething to Say
The new Talking Jesus – What Can I Do? booklet is available to help you gain confidence to talk about Jesus more effectively. This 16-page booklet uses stories and research into what adults and young people think of Jesus. Use it individually, in your home group or as part of a church sermon series. Preview it here. Order copies here.
Christmas Hope 2017 magazineSomething to give
HOPE is inviting Christians to make a journey this Christmas to take a glossy Christmas HOPE magazine to every home in their area and to sing carols on the streets. The Christmas HOPE magazine features comedian Miranda Hart, Sky Sports and former Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas, and toy store entrepreneur Gary Grant. As well as competitions and giveaways, there’s a children’s story using the Bethlehem Journey resources. These link with the Christmas Journey to Bethlehem carols booklet produced in partnership with Bible Society, Sports Chaplaincy UK, and Integrity Music. To find out more visit

More than 250,000 copies of Christmas HOPE have been pre-ordered. Last year we ran out of copies so place your order soon from Or you can order by phone  01903 263354. Copies will be available from the first week of November.
Journey-to-BethelhemAn invitation to offer
Distribute the Christmas HOPE magazine with an invitation to your Christmas guest services. You could combine the magazine distribution with door-to-door carol singing, or you can bring people together to sing carols in your local pub or sports centre.
At your carol events, give away this souvenir Journey to Bethlehem carols booklet, which includes 10 popular carols and a clear explanation of the hope Jesus gives. Bible Society and CPO have a range of resources all with the Journey to Bethlehem theme, including a pop-up nativity play, a video plus posters, banners and invitations.
MA-LIVELogoHOPE Revolution Peterborough & Mission Academy Live
More than 800 young people have booked to take part in HOPE Revolution Peterborough's third evangelistic event later this month with Mike Pilavachi and the Soul Survivor worship team. Tickets are FREE through Eventbrite until the end of this week only, or £3.00 on the door. Venue: Kingsgate Community Church, Peterborough. The event is part of Peterborough's build-up to Mission Academy Live. Find out more about the Peterborough event here and about Mission Academy Live here.

Share a Meal

How can you get to know your neighbours? HOPE and international children’s charity, World Vision UK, have launched Share A Meal, a joint campaign to bring communities together to celebrate harvest and encourage support for some of the most vulnerable children around the world. The free Share A Meal packs – with invitations, recipes and more – can be ordered here. Find out more here.

Please let us know how we can pray for you and serve you as you make Jesus known in your area. Thanks for all you do to make Jesus known.

Love from the HOPE team



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