Boats – The Current Fleet

words by Chris Bond

We have a number of communities that we call 'boats.' Each of these communicate the message and love of Jesus in a particular setting. Here's the current fleet!

Jesus sent His disciples out into the world to share His love and message with others. As followers of Jesus today, we are commissioned to do this too.

Matthew 28:  18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We have a number of communities that we call boats. Each has a particular shared purpose. Here’s the current fleet:


  • Celebrate Recovery – a Christ Centred, 12 Step Recovery Programme for any hurts, habits and hang-ups that hold us back from living a full life. Meets on Monday evenings at Hope Chapel. Led by Christy McMullen.


  • Food Bank – part of the North West Bristol Food Bank, this runs at Hope Chapel from 10am-12pm every Wednesday.


  • Hope On Wednesday – Beginning with Soup at Hope Chapel each Wednesday, this is a Christian community particularly supporting people moving out of prison and addiction.


  • Knowle West Boat – based at the Lee Abbey community, this boat serves the Knowle West community around Filwood.


  • Soup Run – part of the Bristol Soup Run, this team from Hope feed the homeless on Bristol’s streets on a Wednesday evening each month.


  • Mentor Me – a number of Hopers mentor men and women coming out of Bristol’s prisons as Mentor Me mentors.


  • Feel Good Cafe – offers prophetic ‘insight readings’ in several cafes around Bristol and Bath.


  • Ukraine Hub – a Thursday evening community of Ukrainian families hosted by Joseph and Chloe Davies


  • Little Stars – a parent and toddler group based at Hope Chapel on term-time Monday mornings from 10am.


  • Bible Book Club – meets in Nailsea on the first Saturday of the month, this group goes through a book of the Bible together book club style. Led by Rachel Fowler



If you would like to be involved in one of these boats or are interested in launching a new one talk to someone involved or contact the office so they can put you in touch.

For some people, their workplace or local community is their place of mission and serving. Where there are a number of people working or serving within the same context it can be helpful to think of these as a boat.

Previous boats that are not currently active include ‘Paths & Pints’ – walking group, ‘Finding Purpose,’ ‘Winter Homeless Night Shelter ‘, ‘There’s Always Hope’ – mid week church for the homeless in Easton