At Diocesan Synod on Saturday 11th March 2017 the following motion was passed: 

This Diocese warmly endorses the work of Hope 18 and Talking Jesus, recognising that many people come to faith through their family and friends. 

We commit to develop work in personal evangelism throughout the Diocese.’

HOPE produce some fantastic materials and resources for the churches to use for mission in word and deed. You can find out all about them and what they offer HERE. There you can download their booklet and a PowerPoint to use as well as a video clip introducing HOPE18.

If you would like the Mission Department to deliver a presentation to your church, group of churches or deanery, please get in touch with Richard Barrett (email)  and he will arrange this for you. If you want the materials so that you can do a presentation yourself, again get in touch with Richard and we will send you ideas, information and a PowerPoint for you to adapt to your situation.

In a nutshell, HOPE18 suggest there is something for us all to do:

Pray (for five people we know)

Say – be open about the fact that you are a Christian and attend church. Be prepared to tell your story whether you are BEN or ANN, a conversion or a cradle Christian. See here.

Give – Materials being produced.

  • Christmas 2017. More here
  • Easter. More here
  • 100th anniversary of end of WW1. More here
  • Your own tract or card. See here

Invite – to one of your special events in 2018. Use things you are already doing and things which relate to your community. Don’t do too much, two or three really good events in the year.