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15 Oct 2020
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I will lead the blind by ways they have not known…and make the rough places smooth’ (Isaiah 42:16). 

Before this year began many of us sensed that God was going to do something very different this year. As Covid-19 has changed life dramatically, many people are looking for firm foundations for life as everything around them seems to be shaking. We have been working throughout the year to support local churches to serve communities at this time. Please pray with us that God will draw many people to know him. Use the resources we’ve produced and trust that God will use this unique year for good.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director 
Wellbeing – a Christmas sermon theme
The Wellbeing Journey is a new 8-part video series, which will be ready for churches to launch at Christmas guest services online or in person. Watch the preview video above with presenter Joanna Abeyinka. Jesus is ‘the Prince of Wholeness’ as The Message version translates Isaiah 9:6, so we will have Christmas sermon ideas to help churches to invite friends, neighbours and colleagues to join the journey. Local churches are in a unique place to lead communities on this journey to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing as they offer this practical guide. We hope you and your church will join us on this amazing journey. Find out more here and sign up at wellbeingjourney.org to receive more information as soon as it is available.
HOPE-CHRISTMAS-2020-LR-COVERDeliver HOPE this Christmas
The HOPE at Christmas magazine makes a great gift to people in your community. Deliver it home-to-home with details of your Christmas events online and face-to-face.

Published in partnership with Hope for Every Home, it introduces The Wellbeing Journey, to help churches invite guests to join the series in January, when so many people start the year with New Year’s resolutions to improve their wellbeing. Copies at just 10p are available to order from the HOPE shop.
Offering HOPE in Uncertain Times
BreavementAll Souls Day services and Remembrance will have particularly poignancy this year as communities remember loved ones who have died. Our Loss and HOPE partnership, which focusses on supporting the bereaved, is part of an All Souls Service of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Monday 2 November. Why not lead your own service for All Souls, as Mike Saunders does in his church in Hungerford, then invite people onto The Bereavement Journey course? To find out how Mike Saunders' church links All Souls Day into a rhythm of mission more watch the video above.

IHOPE-HFUT-COVER-LRf you are helping a bereaved friend or leading an All Souls or Remembrance service, give out copies of Hope in Uncertain Times. This giveaway booklet and free video point to hope for now and for eternity. It is an ideal gift to give with an invitation to join The Bereavement Journey course or to invite people to come to your church in person or online. Preview this quality, 40-page A6 booklet here. Hope in Uncertain Times is published in partnership with Biblica, and endorsed by the Church of England, Baptists Together, Elim, the Methodist Church, the World Prayer Centre and the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Copies are available to order from the HOPE shop at just 30p a copy for orders of 50 or more.

Stop press: Prisoners in the north east are to receive copies of Hope in Uncertain Times. This giveaway booklet points to hope for now and for eternity. If you would like to make a donation to help cover the cost of giving these booklets free to prisoners, here is how to give to HOPE.
We Will Remember Them
If you are hosting an online Remembrance event to bless your community, our friends at Searchlight Theatre Company have brought to life five filmed scenes from the life of WW1 padre ‘Woodbine Willie’. Find out more here.
Lockdown Was Not Their Shutdown
Gloria took part in the Amplify Young Evangelists Academy last year. Gloria and a number of her friends are also part of the RCCG network of churches and throughout the summer their national youth ministry ran a campaign called 'Locked in not locked down'. Their passion was to inspire each other to keep going for Jesus and make an impact in their generation for him. To hear more of Gloria's story checkout Talking Hope (from 34.33) or watch Gloria's story video here. For more information about Amplify and to apply for a young person, please head to advance2020.org/amplify - spaces are limited and applications close on 13th December 2020.
Happy-Nativity-CoverHelping families discover the Christmas Story 

HOPE Together and Biblica have published an all-new Happyland Christmas Story booklet. Copies are available to order from the HOPE shop.

There’s also the specially-made Happyland nativity animation. Share the animation on social media, in schools and in church service. You can also download additional resources here.
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When people read the Bible together, lives are changed. Read here how lives have changed as new Christians have used the Discover Bible App. Find out more at discoverapp.org, download the Discover Bible booklet or order our new 96-page Discover the Bible book for a great way to read the Bible with a friend or family member.
PRAYER 2020
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Join us for Prayer 2020 for 20 minutes on Facebook Live @HopeTogether on Tuesday 20 October at 20:20 (8.20pm).
Talking-HOPE-LogoTalking Hope
Next week’s guests on our Talking HOPE chat show are Gary Grant, co-founder of The Entertainer toy shops, which will be giving away the HOPE for All magazines and Christmas Story booklets in the run-up to Christmas; Warren Evans from Sports Chaplaincy UK, which is hosting Virtual Carols this Christmas and Laura Ashley, whose village church is running a holiday club for families during Advent and a Village Nativity Trail as well as making Christmas cards for local care home residents. Join us on Monday 19 October from 8-8.45pm on Facebook Live @hopetogether and on our YouTube channel @HopeTogetherUK
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Wall of HOPE on the move

Read here how our Wall of HOPE is ‘a catalyst for conversation’ in Worcester Cathedral. After a short visit to Worcester, the Wall of HOPE was on the move again to Hereford Cathedral, pictured above, where it stays until Friday 16 October. It then moves on to cathedrals in Southwell 16-30 October; Peterborough 31 October-30 November and Lincoln 1-8 December. Contact Sue Jennens to book the Wall of HOPE in 2021.
New Communications Assistant opportunity
HOPE Together is expanding the communications team. This full time role will help us tell the HOPE Together story in print, online and through social media. Find out more about the job here. The closing date is Friday 6 November 2020.

We are so grateful for your prayers – do let us know how we can pray for you and serve you and your church.

With love from the HOPE Together team.

Glenys
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