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Prayer Army trip to Christ Church Clifton. 90 of us went to pray Original Design Prayer for 60 young people. Brilliant evening. Thank you Jesus. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fresh art in the chapel! Thank you Malcolm Bourne for this gift, painted in 2014 when we had a visit from the Korean prayer team and Archbishop of Canterbury.
Four Rivers
11th September 2014

Acrylic on Board

By Malcolm Bourne

The rivers in Genesis 2, Ezekiel 47, John 7 and Revelation 22 form four images of spiritual rivers that have significance to Bristol. Bristol is a place of connection for all four rivers.

Each river has a slightly different form. Genesis was the first, the source of the river almost like a fountain celebrating Gods goodness. This passage also depicts the branching of four different rivers. Ezekiel was a still deep river with trees on the bank bearing fruits and leaves for healing the nations. John was the human river, a river of power like a wave. This is depicted in the painting as a hand and called the Korean wave in response to the South Korean prayer missionaries. Revelation is glorious water, a crystal sea forever spreading like the Genesis original design.

The depiction in these scriptures is that the source of every river is a temple. Genesis the garden temple, John the body temple, Ezekiel and Revelation a temple building. The centre of this painting also has a temple; Temple Meads is the central train station of Bristol with its Cathedral like building and water canals running under it (meads meaning meadow). It also has much symbolism being a centre for travel, people coming and going on a system of river like routes. What God creates in Bristol will travel to London and beyond.

The circle on the painting surrounding Bristol Temple Meads is a compass showing the North, South, East and West. As Jerusalem had the physical gates (as depicted in Ezekiel) the spiritual version in Bristol could be significant. Who are the spiritual gatekeeper’s of Bristol?

Wells, rivers, gates, temples, waves, provision, healing, trees and revival are all strong themes that God could be highlighting for Bristol in this season.
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Thank you Silas for fantastic teaching this weekend. We're struggling to find an analogy to go with this video...
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about hope

our hope

Hope Community Church was born in 2000 with 4 dreams – to be a place of continuous prayer and worship, to be a church that children love, to be a place of hope for people on the margins, to be a thriving community. These dreams shape our focus today.

The church is the people but we also call Hope Chapel our home. Hope is a member of the Congregational Federation and works closely with other churches across Bristol, the UK and internationally. Hope is a UK registered charity (number 1134290).

our team

Chris Bond

Pastor // Elder

Chris leads Hope with Alice. He draws the best out of people and is a great encourager.

Aaron Mathias

Caretaker

Aaron is our caretaker, looking after the building and grounds. He also cooks for our Hope On Wednesday meals.

Annie Crawley

Prayer Pastor // Elder

Annie and Silas founded hope in 2000. Annie has five children, but is a mother to many. She is hungry to know the Lord's heart for the community

Helen Lee

Elder

Helen is involved in various forms of cross-cultural community engagement in Bristol and internationally. She has a heart for prayer and unity.

Vicky Stansfield

Elder

Vicky & Stan are part of the Prayer Centre team. Vicky is also a GP connecting in her surgery with many of Bristol's students.

Ra Gibson

Elder

Ra & Paul are passionate about Living Free having seen the impact of it in their own lives. People, plants and animals thrive under Ra's care.

Stan Stansfield

Elder

Stan & Vicky are part of the Prayer Centre team. Stan is also very happy under the bonnet of a car or on the race track.

Alice Bond

Pastor // Elder

Alice leads Hope with Chris. She also runs Little Stars for mums and toddlers and loves being part of the Hotwells community.

Jonathan Lee

Elder // Chair

Jonathan oversees our Elders governance. He is the CEO of Crisis Centre Ministries in Bristol.

Hannah Lehmann

Administrator

Hannah oversees the organisational aspects of the church community and chapel building. She basically knows everything!

Silas Crawley

Prayer Pastor // Elder

Silas and Annie lead the prayer centre for the city and prayer within Hope. He leads by example and loves with passion and humour.

Paul Gibson

Elder // Treasurer

Paul & Ra are passionate about Living Free having seen the impact of it in their own lives. We're very grateful to have Paul as our treasurer.

Claire Collins

Finance Administrator

Claire is our finance administrator, she has a head for figures, is very organised and quick to laugh!

find us

Hope Chapel is tucked away on the hill between Clifton Village and the river in the west of Bristol. There is some parking on site, free street parking on Sundays and after 7pm and meter parking at other times (first half hour free).

Hope Chapel
Hotwells, Bristol
BS8 4ND