Giving hope this Christmas
Looking for something to bless your community? The all-new HOPE at Christmas magazine is a great giveaway, written with non-Christians in mind. This 32-page magazine features Tom Hanks, ‘the man behind the honours’; the new Cats movie; Alisson Becker: the world’s best goalkeeper and Street Pastors ‘keeping clubbers safe this Christmas’. And there’s much more inside.
HOPE at Christmas is published by HOPE Together in partnership with Hope for Every Home. Roy Crowne, executive director of HOPE Together says, ‘Christmas is a wonderful time to share the joy of Jesus’ birth. Carol singing on the streets; visiting people home to home; holding events in schools, sports stadiums, pubs, community centres and churches are all great ways to share the joy we find in Jesus. It’s the season when people are most likely to accept an invitation to church events. Use HOPE at Christmas as a gift to give, as you invite your community to hear why Jesus came, or use it to start a conversation about what Christmas means to you.’
Entertainer toy shops
As well as co-publishing the HOPE at Christmas magazine, HOPE has partnered with Bible Society to produce a special Happyland edition of their children’s booklet With Love from God to You telling the Christmas story. Each of The Entertainer toy shops has a pop-up nativity scene in its window at Christmas featuring the popular Early Learning Centre Happyland characters, which are also on the cover of the HOPE at Christmas magazine. Each family shopping in The Entertainer stores up to Christmas will receive the magazine and the children’s booklet, while stocks last. Copies are also available from the HOPE shop – hopetogether.org.uk/shop.
To take the Christmas Story onto social media, a Happyland Nativity animation has been made by the Speak Life team. Featuring an angel on a rocket, the wise men on a London bus, as well as the biblical nativity cast, this three-minute animation is now available for churches to share on social media and to use at Christmas events.
‘We are thrilled to have this joined-up set of resources to support churches as together we reach out into our communities to share the Jesus story this Christmas,’ says Roy. ‘Let’s be prepared to share our faith with something to say, something to give and an invitation to offer. Plan follow-up opportunities for Christmas guests in the New Year and ask God to draw people to himself in this special season.’