Launching Hope Church

Over the past two weeks we’ve had a series of events launching Hope Church. First, we hosted a civic reception and invited community and civic leaders to a lunchtime presentation on our church. The town mayor was present, local councillors and other key partners were present. Our aim was to build goodwill and awareness of the work of the church in the local community. Secondly, we hosted two events for the local community and invited a magician, Steve Price, to entertain us. Both events were well intended and it was…

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Merger questions

So the process of merger two churches legally has been completed but the work of creating one church is still ongoing. Here are some of the questions we asked ourselves as we worked through some of the issues. What other questions would you have asked? Vision – what’s our calling from God? Where are we headed? Values – what’s our character and style? Theology – what issues separate us and what issues unite us? Structure – how will we be lead? how will we make decisions? Leadership – who will…

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Buildings can distract you

The church merger continues to progress. Legal documents have been signed and in the coming few days all assets, liabilities and so on will be transferred from two charities into one new one Hope Church Shrewsbury. For the past seven years or so North Shrewsbury Community Church has been nomadic, of no permanent abode. We’ve been mostly using this school as our home but have used at least five other buildings in that time and have used two different office units. The Grange Free Church owns two buildings and it’s…

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The new name

Back in June I talked about the church merger and the process we used to choose a new name for the church. I deliberately didn’t mention the name. But it’s about time I did. Hope Church. So there you go. It’s not original but that wasn’t one of the criteria so I’m not bothered about that. There are plenty of Hope Churches in the nation but none in our town. It’s unique where it matters most, in our local area. Hope more than adequately expresses the call of God on…

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