Vital Signs – Positioning Yourself For Growth In Hope

words by Chris Bond

Our vision is 'To bring hope to all people through the good news of Jesus.' How is this going for you? Our Vital Signs picture helps us position ourselves for growth.

As a church we simplify the life of following Jesus into 3 dimensions – Up, In and Out. This picture shows where in Hope you can connect to grow in these different dimensions. Click here to open the full picture in a separate tab. Fuller explanations for each area are given below.

Positioning Ourselves to Grow as Followers of Jesus

This picture helps us to connect with Hope and to grow as a follower of Jesus. Look at the Up, In, Out questions. Think and pray about these statements considering what growth looks like for you.

The Living Free course is foundational for us at Hope, equipping us in Up, In and Out.


Tuesday Prayer Day                Tuesdays in term time from 9.45am. Starting with an extended time of worship these mornings include teaching on prayer and times of prayer ministry.

Daily 9am Prayers                   Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am in the Prayer Centre. Generally half an hour praying as individuals then half an hour praying together on a general theme (Mondays – leaders in the community, Wednesdays – the most vulnerable, Thursdays – local community using Hope, Fridays – children & young people).

You can pray at Hope at other times too. Ask Silas & Annie for more details of how you can do this.

Organic Worship                     Monthly worship evening. Details on Facebook page:



Threes & Fours                        A small number of people who meet regularly and walk closely in the details of their lives. Either men’s groups, women’s groups or couples. See blogs on Hope website for more on this (under the category ‘In’).

Form these 3s & 4s yourselves or talk to Chris & Alice if you’d like any help/suggestions/connections.

Men’s Breakfast                      Second Tuesday of each month, 6.30-7.30am. Worship, Word (currently on Revelation), Workplace & Family. Meeting in the Crypt at Hope Chapel.

Women’s Bible Study              First Sunday of each month, 7-8.30pm. Currently on Revelation. Meeting in the Crypt at Hope Chapel.

Celebrate Recovery                Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centred, Bible based recovery programme designed to help people address a variety of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We meet each Monday evening in the crypt at 8pm. We work through a 12 step recovery programme which, together with the Celebrate Recovery’s 8 principles. Speak to Christy McMullen if you’re interested.



Resources to help equip you in the ‘Out’:

People of Peace                      Based on Jesus’ teaching in Luke 10 about finding people who will welcome Jesus, this has been a huge help to us as a church. See blog and talks on this on our website in the “Worshipping Communities” series.

Alpha                                       Alpha provide great resources. Paul, Etienne, Chris and Alice recently ran an Alpha course in French in a home. It was such fun and so easy. The Alpha videos are available to watch online. Talk to Chris if you’d like some help in setting up an Alpha course in your home.

Christians In Sport                   CiS have some great resources relating to their mission to “Reach the world of sport for Christ.”


Opportunities to join in with existing Hope ‘Out’ projects:

Soup Run                                 Hope is part of the Bristol Soup Run. We take food and friendship to the homeless once a month. Speak to Richard Higgs if you’d like to join or email/phone the Hope office.

Hope On Wednesday              Connecting particularly with those who have come from addiction and prison, we meet on a Wednesday at Hope Chapel for lunch and then an afternoon together of prayer, bible, worship and encouragement.

Mentor Me                             Speak to Silas if you’re interested in mentoring people coming out of prison. Help them get established in their new life.

Foodbank                                 Wednesday mornings at Hope Chapel. Speak to Annie Crawley if you’re interested in joining the team.

Little Stars                               Connecting with many local families with babies and toddlers every Friday morning 10-11.30. Speak to Alice for more details.