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Online Opportunities during COVID
When Worlds Collide
James Ellens and Ted Oliver invite you to join them Sunday evenings at 7pm in August for a video Bible Series by the late R C Sproul called When Worlds Collide.
How to participate:
Around 7pm or a little before, each Sunday evening in August, please click the link below to join Ligonier Connect for the 25 minute video, followed by the optional 6 minute quiz.
- CLICK HERE to access Ligonier Connect
Around 7:30pm: join on Zoom using the information below at around 7:30pm where James will break us into small groups for discussion and prayer, finishing about 8 pm. Please join us in studying the Word of God and also enjoying a brief time of discussion and fellowship together. We are really looking forward to connecting with the Hope family in the Word of God together.
- Click for Zoom Link
- Meeting ID: 814 5012 8413
- Passcode: Shalom64
Outline of When Worlds Collide
When Worlds Collide (Finding Peace when Tragedy Strikes)
Aug. 2. Lecture 1: A War of Ideas Dr. Sproul examines the fundamental elements of different worldviews that produce irreconcilable differences and ultimately war.
Aug. 9 Lecture 2: Peace and Calamity Both Islam and Christianity believe in one God who is sovereign over all creation, but we are diametrically opposed in our understanding of God’s involvement in our lives.
Aug. 16 Lecture 3: Purpose in Suffering Long after 9/11, bumper stickers read “Never Forget”. Does God have a purpose for us in every event, no matter how tragic?
Aug. 23 Lecture 4: The Wrath of God What are the Biblical grounds for God’s wrath? Is God on the side of good people? What about our personal righteousness before God?
Aug. 30 Lecture 5: Finding Peace In the wake of tragedy, people ultimately ask “Why?” But there is the ultimate calamity facing mankind and God has provide the ultimate solution.
Unless otherwise noted, CURRENTLY ALL PROGRAMS / MINISTRIES that run throughout the week at Hope Church are suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.
Children's Sunday School
We are looking forward to starting our Sunday School Program at Hope in the very near future! The faith development of the children at Hope is an integral part of our church community. We are excited to launch our new curriculum, DWELL, this fall at Hope CRC! (Read more about this curriculum on their website.)
*Unfortunately, we are currently not able to offer in-class lessons to the children on Sunday mornings, so Sunday School will look differently this year.
How it will work:
SK - GRADE 4: we are offering live, on-line lessons through ZOOM
AGE 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS: we will be sending home kits with lessons and activities.
As part of this program, each family that registers for Sunday School will be sent home a 'God's Big Story Kit'. These kits can be used at home to follow up with the story that is taught each week.
GEMS Club for girls
Registration for 2020-2021 Gems Season POSTPONED start date due to COVID (we hope to run this program differently this year, more details to follow towards the end of September)
This club is for girls grades 3-8. GEMS stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior.
At GEMS, we encourage girls everywhere to come to the club, learn about Jesus, and grow closer to Him. This ministry is non-denominational with curriculum developed from a Reformed perspective. GEMS Club for girls runs weekly on Wednesdays from 7pm-8:40pm from mid September until late April. Each year there is a new theme, which is wrapped into aspects of each club night throughout the year. What to expect? Each evening we begin together in the fellowship hall with a devotional and announcements, then we break into our small groups, which could include a craft, working through a badge or study.
Cadets Club for boys
Registration for 2020-2021 Cadets Season POSTPONED start date due to COVID (more details to follow towards the end of September)
This club is for boys grade 4-8. The Cadets Club to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life (devotional, mental, physical, and social) by providing Christian men with a uniquely designed structure, program, and materials so that they can mentor boys effectively. Boys will have the opportunity to build friendships and explore and learn hands-on activities. This program runs weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8:40pm from mid September until late April.
See the YOUTH PAGE
All youth attending high school are welcome to join the Youth Group. We generally meet at the church on Sunday nights after the evening service and go until 8pm (or so).
Social nights are held in people's homes. All that is needed is a place to hang out and some snacks to eat. There is no lesson, but just chilling out, playing games and eating. If you'd like to host the group, please let Al Postma know.
Sometimes there are regional youth worship services on a Sunday evening. To get there, we usually meet at the church beforehand to carpool together.
Check out the youth Facebook group.
Designed for high school aged youth. (DETAILS about how this program will run due to COVID will be posted mid - late September) These classes prepare students for church membership, but more importantly, lead students into a closer and deeper relationship with God. Catechism classes are held weekly on Thursday evenings from September to April.
The Heidelberg Catechism helps students discover just how powerful the gospel really is, and "how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Eph 3:18).
If you trace back to the origin of the word Catechism, it comes from a Greek word (katecheo) which simply means to teach or to instruct. A catechism, then, is a teaching tool which is especially suited for oral instruction. This is why the Heidelberg Catechism is set up in a question and answer format.
In addition, the answers in the Catechism are generally quite short and carefully structured. All of this helps to make the Catechism a memorable and useful tool for instructing people in the basic truths of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Women's Coffee Break
Women's Coffee Break is a ministry intended for women of all of ages and stages of life. (DETAILS on how this ministry will happen during COVID will be posted sometime mid-late September) Meetings take place each week on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:15 am from September to April. Coffee Break is an outreach ministry at Hope Church which offers small group Bible study that is geared specifically to women and also includes a time of fellowship with coffee, tea and a light snack provided. Coffee Break strives to be a safe environment to learn and study God's word and a place to encourage each other in God's love.
Child care is an important part of our Coffee Break ministry. Mothers with small children can drop their children off to be cared for by our wonderful volunteers in either our Nursery program (age 0-2 yrs) or our Story Hour program (age 2-5). In the Story Hour program, they receive an age appropriate bible lesson, game or craft time, as well as a snack.
Join in each Tuesday and see what this ministry has to offer for you!
Women's Evening Bible Study
Looking for an opportunity to study God’s Word with other women? This special time is for you. We meet bi-weekly on Monday evenings from mid September to April. Our Bible Study is from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Hope CRC. If you would like to join us or would like more information please call Betty Andree.
Men of Hope
Every other Friday, we, Men of Hope get together for Bible Study, prayer and encouragement as we face life’s challenges: personal, family, church, community, country.
We have studied a variety of topics and books and currently we are focused on various chapters of the Bible. Are you up for the challenge? You are so welcome to join us as together we share our joys and concerns. Coffee and muffins are available at 7 am. We try to be done by 9 am. Contact Ted Oliver or Jake Ellens for more information.
Senior's Bible Study
We have a Senior's Bible Study every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. and a Youth of Yesterday social get-together on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information please call the church office or speak to Ted Oliver.
Stay tuned in early September for the study name and dates for activities.
For Adults and Families
Hope has a variety of small groups hosted by church members. We are currently working on creating a user-friendly list and an easier way to sign up. Stay tuned!
If you would like to join a small group, please contact the church office for more information.