16 February 2017
Bringing HOPE to communities this Easter
HOPE is helping churches to make Jesus known this Easter with a new book, a four-minute video and an explorers' course. Who Do You Say I Am? has been produced to respond to the fact that four in 10 UK adults do not believe Jesus was a real person.
Who Do You Say I Am? is designed for churches to give away at Easter guest services and community events. An accompanying video produced by CV (formerly Christian Vision) has footage shot specially in Israel, alongside interviews with astrophysicist and theologian Rev Professor David Wilkinson, Rev Dr Calvin Samuel, the new principal of London School of Theology, and art historian Dr Helen Rufus-Ward.
HOPE is also offering three of the new sessions from Life Explored, a seven-session series featuring a combination of short films shot around the world, produced by Christianity Explored Ministries.
HOPE brings churches together to make Jesus known with words and actions in a rhythm of mission through the church calendar: Easter, Summer Fun Days, Harvest and Christmas.
Who Do You Say I Am? is the latest in a range of resources from HOPE to help Christians work together to make Jesus known in their communities.
"When churches work together, it has a massive impact," says Roy Crowne.
"Local authorities sit up and take notice. When they see that churches bringing the community together, they ask churches to take the lead in all sorts of civic events. Guests will come to an Easter event. It's an amazing opportunity."
For example, churches in Weymouth were invited by the local business community to stage a Christmas nativity with live animals in the town centre. They used Christmas No.1 - a carols booklet produced by HOPE, Tearfund, Sports Chaplaincy UK and Integrity Music – as give-away to start conversations about Jesus and the Christmas story.
Who Do You Say I Am?, the new Easter resource, uses scripture, testimonies and interviews to help readers discover who Jesus is. This top quality, illustrated book has been written by Catherine Butcher and designed by Claire Simmons-Clark, two of the team who put together The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which has sold more than a million copies.
Find out more about Who Do You Say I Am? here.
HOPE's Easter plans are part of preparations for 2018 when HOPE is bringing churches of all denominations together to make Jesus known in villages, towns and cities. Find out more here.
By Cath Butcher, HOPE