Hope In These Strange Times – Moving Online For A While

words by Chris Bond


These are some of the ways that we will be worshipping together and connecting as a church in these strange times with coronavirus.

In these strange times we have the opportunity to walk with God in a deeper way. We’re realising afresh that the Bible is a book that records crises through history. Those who went before us discovered who God is and who they were as they learned to trust Him through challenges times and events.

Sunday Live Stream from Hope Chapel

As we are not able to gather in the same building we will be live-streaming a service from Hope Chapel at 10.30am on Sunday. You can join from your own home using a computer, smart phone or another online device. Andrew will be leading us in worship, Alice will be speaking, and we’ll pray together. We will also post some short videos for Hope youth and children on Sunday. Your children could watch those at the same time as the live stream or you might like to facilitate them watching these at a different time in the day. Holly’s video will help children to make some Mother’s Day shortbread so be ready for some kitchen activity!

Here’s how to access the live-stream and youth and children’s content:

Main Service live-stream at 10.30am – https://www.facebook.com/hopecommunitychurchhopechapel/ You do not need to have a Facebook account to be able to watch this. Go to the website address above and then scroll down to see the live-stream. If you have a Facebook account and are logged in to Facebook, you’ll be able to make comments. As always, please let us know if you sense God is giving you a word for us as a church. You can do that through these comments. True to Hope style, we’ll start off with birthdays, so comment if it’s your birthday. Joel, as you have your hand up for birthdays every week, we’ll expect your Dad to make a comment on your behalf!

Youth and children’s content – these short videos will go onto Hope’s Facebook and Instagram pages at 9am on Sunday morning. You can use them with your children at whatever time works best for you in the day. Again, you don’t need to have a Facebook or Instagram account to be able to access these.



8am Daily Prayers

As well as our Sunday online live gatherings, we are also going to be posting videos onto Instagram and Facebook each morning with a very brief reflection or thought followed by some suggested prayer points. Each day we’ll have the opportunity to see and hear from a friendly face from the church family and allow them to lead us in our prayers. You can incorporate these into personal devotional times, or connect with others to pray together in a way that suits you. So do tap in and stay tuned as we journey this time “step by step”, day by day together. The first one will be posted on Monday 23rd March and will run Mon-Sat, six days a week.


Prayer & Action
This Sunday is a National Day of Prayer. Archbishop Justin Welby and others have called us to join them in lighting a candle and putting it in our windows as a symbol of Jesus, the light of life. “The Noise” in Bristol has details of this as well as a city wide prayer meeting on Sunday at 3pm. The Noise is also coordinating practical action we can take across the city. See their website for more details and to sign up to volunteer. The Noise

Duncan has been developing this worship resource that works brilliantly with our 8am prayers. Sing In the Storm.

Joe has been developing online Bible stories for children with the Little Worship Company. Little Worship Company. They are also developing other resources especially for this quarantine time.

Pray as you go is a daily devotional with scripture read through and worship. Pray As You Go.

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