Everyone has room to grow as a follower of Christ. Our Church provides a wide variety of opportunities for personal growth from the newest believer to those with years of experience.
“And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common.” Acts 2v44
There is a beautiful picture that is painted in Acts 2 of a church that lives together in community, shares everything together and praises God together with a gladness of heart. We read that God performs many signs and wonders amongst them and continually adds to them. This is what we desire for our church!
Life Groups are a fantastic way to get connected and form deep, meaningful friendships that encourage one another in our Christian walk.
We currently have 3 life groups that meet on different days of the week.
“But Jesus said: Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to me: for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19v14
At Hope Church we love children and families and they are at the centre of all we do. It is so important that our vision and values are reflected in our children’s work and that our children develop good, supportive friendships that encourage them to follow God throughout their childhood and adolescent years.
We currently have two age groups that we serve at Hope Church:
Little Treasures (0-5yrs)
Training For Reigning /TFR (6-11yrs)
We’re always looking for new ways to expand as a church and as we grow we are looking to develop a youth work.
Meat ‘n Greet happens every Wednesday afternoon at 4.30pm underneath the big sycamore tree opposite Domino’s in the centre of town.
We share some hot food and tea and coffee with those in the town that really appreciate this and we chat and often sing some worship songs and pray together.
God has clearly led our church into a ministry with the marginalised folk of Thetford.
“Doing Kingdom work on the streets of Thetford”
If you’ve ever been in Thetford town centre on a Saturday morning then you’ve probably seen a group from our church and other local churches across the town outside King St Baptist Church.
We gather there once a month to love and serve our town. From face painting to providing prayer for healing, the HOTs team want to reflect the love of the Father, bring hope to the hopeless and meet people where they are in need, just as Jesus did.
There have been some amazing encounters and testimonies of what God has done on our streets already. The most remarkable concerned a lady who had underdeveloped inner ear, and therefore had been very hard of hearing since she was a child. After receiving prayer, she was able to throw away her hearing aids! She was thrilled that for the first time in her life, she could ear-wig effectively! We are excited to see what God will continue to do as we seek to listen to his voice and pray out for healing in our town.
Over the last few years Hope Church has made a close connection with another Hope Church, this time in Romania! Groups have gone out to provide support to a church plant in Comani, a large village just outside of Draganesti-Olt, in the south of the country.
We have been involved in an eyeglass ministry, where nearly 200 people from the local community were given blood pressure screenings, counselling, reading glasses, exposure to Jesus, and prayer. We were also involved in children’s ministry, meeting and praying for people and families, preaching, women’s ministry, and a food parcel project.
Over the course of the week, we have seen many local adults happily gave their lives to Christ and experience physical and emotional healing. And many, many children said “Da!” to Jesus. These have been fruitful visits but also sobering ones as the team appreciated the poverty in which many of these dear people live throughout the year.
We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Romania, and the relationship between Hope Church Thetford and Hope Church Romania continues to grow. The next trip is planned for 6-12 April 2019.
Since early 2018 Hope Church has been partnering with the Keys Community Detox Project, based near Brighton, to help those in our community addicted to drugs or alcohol to find freedom.
The pathway to freedom is a partnership of medical expertise provided by the Project, in collaboration with local GPs in Thetford, and spiritual ministry which is handled by a team in our church.
Jesus announced that he had come to “proclaim good news to the poor….freedom for the prisoners” and we believe that his church is authorised to continue his ministry today.
We welcome all support for this ministry area.