Founded by Roy Crowne, Andy Hawthorne and Mike Pilavachi, HOPE 08 will build on the holistic-mission vision of initiatives such as "Soul in the city" and "Merseyfest" to generate a national momentum for mission in word and action. Paul Bayes is involved in the leadership team for this one - it promises to be a very significant way of drawing churches, denominations and movements together through the whole of 2008.
Much more later - but to get involved on the ground floor, check out their website at www.hope08.com
In more than 500 villages, towns and cities across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland churches will work together like never before.
In over a dozen urban centres the church will engage in town & city wide mission initiatives that will impact the whole community. In 100's more neighbourhoods there will be localised events and activities that will bring words of truth and acts of service to many 1000's of people across the UK.
By working in partnership with the police, local authorities and primary care trusts as well as other local churches, your church could help provide services to address issues such as debt dependency, hunger, homelessness and drug and alcohol addictions. There will be many schools and university missions, fun days, bbq's, kids clubs, estate clean-ups and much, much more.....