, On Epiphany Sunday 5 January 2020, Hope.4.All - our weekly Hope Church Event at 4 o'clock for All Ages - turned 2 years old!
Our all age congregation, that now has an average attendance close to 40, gathered together after church for hot food and cake to celebrate! As well as good food, we had pool, table tennis and table tennis on hand too. We enjoyed our celebration and time together so much that we've decided to do it again! Save the date! We'll be next eating after Hope.4.All on 1 March and 3 May.
Have you yet tried Hope.4.All? We meet every Sunday at 4pm in the church for hot drinks and refreshments, before gathering together in the main aisle for worship. We sing new worship songs and Christian band music, pre-recorded or led by Claire on piano and Nigel on guitar, before listening to the Bible together and dividing into our three groups for teaching - adults, under-10s and 10-13s. (The latter two groups now use the Scripture Union, Splash and The Grid, material). 20 minutes later we come together again for more singing and time for prayer. We usually finish between 5pm and 5:15pm and always by 5:30pm.
Our goal and aim at Hope.4.All is to provide worship that is cutting edge and relevant to all generations, and that is accessible to those who have no faith, some faith or lots of faith, because we believe that Jesus himself 2,000 years on, is very much still, for all generations - past, present and future!
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A presentation was made to Ian and Liz Sumpter and their son-in-law Steve who for the past few years have created the life-size crib in the churchyard and provided the lights around the churchyard and stars on the tower which help to remind all who pass by of the true meaning of Christmas.
What a delightful evening’s entertainment in Hope Church yesterday when Belle Voci gave a stunning performance, joined by Castell Alun Choir who opened the evening with a lovely performance of ‘Carol of the Bells’.
Belle Voci are the talented duo who shot to fame when they reached the final of 'The Voice' in 2018. Their beautiful voices filled the church as they performed a variety of pieces. There were opera classics such as ‘Panis Angelicus’ and songs from musical theatre such as ‘I could have danced all night’ as well as festive favourites such as ‘O Holy Night’. The audience had the privilege of hearing their first public performance of ‘The Scientist’, released as a single that very day and reaching number 1 in the iTunes classical chart by midday!
Emily and Sophie told the audience a little about how they got to where they are today and explained that they always like to include local schools in their performances as they are so grateful for the musical education they received when they were at school themselves.
Our thanks for a great evening to Belle Voci and their accompanist, Michael, and to Castell Alun School choir.
The stall holders were certainly kept busy during today’s Christmas Fayre when a good crowd came along to the Church Hall on a gloomy afternoon. Visitors had the opportunity to browse a wide variety of stalls including lots of homemade produce. There was the chance to buy a few Christmas gifts, try your hand at the tombola and raffle and enjoy refreshments all in a warm and convivial atmosphere.
For the children the highlight of the afternoon must have been their visit to see Father Christmas with his elf in his grotto.
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of today’s event and to all those came along to support it. A total of £1479.59 was raised for church funds.
The annual Big Breakfast was cooked in the Church Hall today and the helpers were certainly kept busy. There was an excellent turn-out with a large number of tasty breakfasts served. It was great to see so many members of the community coming along to enjoy the food and the fellowship.
Our thanks to all our “customers” and to those who supported the event by donating food, cooking and serving it and washing up a mountain of dishes.
There was a special event at Pop In on Thursday. Those who came along were treated to a marvellous piano concert when ten pupils of local piano teacher Amanda Morris performed for them.
They ranged from 5-year-old Hannah to 17-year-old Adam, who wowed the audience with his Chopin.
The audience were most appreciative and very pleased that they had the opportunity to hear this wonderful local talent. Our thanks to the pupils and also of course to their splendid teacher.
Have you met Rev. Gareth Erlandson, our new full-time curate? Gareth was formerly Head of Music at Ysgol Rhiwabon and then studied theology and trained for ministry at the St Padarn’s Institute site in Llandaff, Cardiff. We are delighted that he has now joined the Borderlands Mission Area and is based in Hope and Penyffordd.
A good crowd from Hope and Penyffordd attended the Ordination Service at St Asaph Cathedral on 29 June at which both Gareth and our outgoing Ordinand Simon Piercy were ordained by Bishop Gregory. You can see them with Rector Adam in the first photo below. The second photo was taken at the Welcome Lunch served in the Church Hall the following day after the Welcome Service. It was a lovely opportunity to meet and chat to Gareth and his wife Shavonne.
Gareth will be having a significant role in the pastoral work of the Parish. If you or someone you know would value a visit from the clergy or a pastoral assistant or communion at home Gareth can be contacted on 07731 827988 or by email email@example.com.