Our Response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic

9th July 2020 | Stephen H

Lockdown Update

During last Sunday’s online service, I took a little time to update everyone with how things stand within the Hope Family as we take slow steps out of lockdown. I thought it would be helpful to outline them again in the newsletter both for clarity and prayer! These are challenging times and during challenges you cannot always offer certainty, but we are all helped by clarity.

At this stage I think it is important that we all manage our expectations over what will happen over the next few months. The Senior Leaders and Trustees are praying, talking, listening and observing. Our key sources of information are the UK Government; The AOG denomination; The NG Network along with observing other churches in the city and the actions of denominations across the country
Currently, there are five areas to consider within the Hope family. These are: NG11 Foodbank; Hope Charity Shops; Hope Centre and Café; Hope Church Services. The following outlines our current response to each area.

Foodbank
The Foodbank will remain open operating a delivery to clients strategy.

Hope Charity Shops
We are making plans pending satisfactory risk assessments and any necessary changes to open the Charity Shops. We will look to open two by mid July – and observe, with the plan to open the remaining two by end of July.

Hope Centre and Café
After the shops are open we will look to the possibility and process of opening the Hope Centre and Hope Café but this does not mean all services and activities will resume. We will open in keeping with a Covid-19 risk assessment

Hope Services and Gatherings
As of 4th July the Government is allowing churches to open for gatherings where proper social distancing can be applied and with no singing. Our own denomination is speaking with the Government on compiling guidance which we will receive and consider. For now to help manage our expectations:

  • We will not look to reopen Sunday services or to gather people together in July or August but will stay alert to guidance recognising this is a changing situation.
  • We will put the safety of staff, volunteers and the members of the congregation first in whatever decision we do make.
  • Currently we will put our energy into making our online service the best we can offer, and are committed to offering an online service when we do start to gather together in the Hope Centre
  • We will continue to run Alpha and further consider Youth Alpha and then a further Adult Alpha to commence in September.
  • We will look out for and continue to care for one another in creative ways, recognising that we each have a part to play in this.

Thank you for standing with us during these challenging times and as a Senior Leadership team and group of Trustees we ask for your prayers as we navigate the right way forward with wisdom, courage and faith.

Blessings – Stephen

30th April 2020 | Stephen H

COVID 19 – Moving from Crisis to Strategy

This coming Sunday will be our 7th lockdown service held online each Sunday at 11.00am and streamed on Facebook Live and You Tube. This central gathering point is the place where we come together as community and share life, faith and hope all built around the central message of the risen Jesus.

As we journey through the crisis together, we grieve for what we have lost whilst at the same time establishing new patterns of ‘normal’. As leaders we have to navigate what all this means and build from where we are something to reflect the beauty of the Lord. Our thinking must move from crisis management to strategic thinking. We work forward from where we are building from a place of love and grace for the future.

Currently all our shops remain closed along with the Café with staff furloughed in line with government objectives. The Foodbank remains vibrant with increasing numbers of people requesting support an indication of how the realities of lockdown are starting to have a real impact on people.

For now we must stay connected; look to serve and support one another and believe that as we respond to the current situation with faith and wisdom we will all become bigger and better people as a result.

17th March: 21:00 | Stephen H

Based on the latest government guidance and out of love for our neighbours, we as a Senior Leadership Team have taken the decision to suspend our regular Sunday meetings at the Hope Centre until further notice.

We will be hosting a weekly online gathering as an alternative and are also working on diverse and creative ways to stay connected as a local Church and to support our community during these unprecedented times.

This page will be updated on a regular basis so please do check back in to see the latest.  Please also visit and follow our Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Let’s continue to hold each other in prayer as we journey forwards with Christ.

With love and blessings,

the Senior Leadership Team

18th March: 10:00 | Paul B

Due to latest government guidelines regarding social gatherings, the Bubbles parent/toddler group is now cancelled with immediate effect until further notice. Please refer back here for regular updates.  The Hope Café remains open for now running a limited service of Hot Drinks and Cakes.

17th March: 22:50 | Paul B

Please note that our regular Wednesday morning Prayer group will now be run virtually.  If you have a request for Prayer you can use the form available here. Thanks.

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