In the beginning…

1993

Hope Church, or the “Clifton Christian Fellowship” as it was known at the time, purchased the plot of land next to where the Hope Centre currently stands. The church had not had a place of its own since its inception and had been using various buildings in and around Clifton.

Meanwhile the building next door was a youth centre, affectionately known to locals as “Spiders”.

2001

The “Clifton Christian Fellowship” signed up for a 15 year lease with St Francis Anglican Church to rent space in their hall. At this point the church changed its name to Charis, which is the greek word for Grace. From here the Church lived and worked for many happy years as part of the Clifton community.

Rebuild. Restore. Renew.

2015

Not long after that we put the work out to tender and Resurrection Construction Ltd were successful. Work started the following month and lasted about 9 months. Here are some of the things we did:

  • Stripping back the building to its original shell and starting again
  • Building space in to the roof to create office space
  • Replacing the power, heating and lighting systems
  • Creating a new auditorium where the old basketball court was and fitting underfloor heating, a state of the art PA and AV system and its own kitchen
  • Creating a new community space for youth and children work
  • Transforming the front area into the Hope Cafe, split over two levels with a brand new kitchen
  • Creating a separate store for our Foodbank

The Big Launch.

July 2016

So we finally made it and the Hope Centre was officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Saghir, and Lilian Greenwood MP on Saturday 9th July.

It was a fantastic day with over 500 people visiting the new facilities during the afternoon – enjoying a free BBQ, fairground rides for the children and music – plus a chance to view the new centre.

The feedback from the local community was amazing with many people being able to remember the old building. We had an official opening ceremony at 4pm where we shared a video to mark the launch (which is at the bottom of this page if you want to see it).

Lillian Greenwood gave some brilliant official opening words and Pastor Stephen shared about the journey leading up to the day and what it means for both Church and community. If you are interested, you can read what he said on his blog page.

The Future.

At Hope we are thankful for the journey that brought us to where we are now and excited about the future. The Hope Centre has enabled us to make a statement about some of the things we believe, like the fact that atmosphere matters, and we have worked hard to create a welcoming space that carries a message of inclusion and involvement.

So what comes next? Well we will build on the foundations we have laid. We will be led by creativity and passion into our future. We will look to how we maximise the space available to us – we have an acre of land! And we will look to see what is the ongoing distinctive contribution of the church into our locality and city as expressed through Hope. In other words, watch this space!

And finally…

Seeing as you have got this far, we put three videos together during the process which we thought we would share with you.

The day we got the keys

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During construction

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The video we made for the launch

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