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2008…Hope in Schools

What is Hope?

2008 marks an exciting and potentially groundbreaking time for the church in the United Kingdom. Through the year of ‘Hope’ hundreds of thousands of Christians will draw together as they seek to share their faith with those around them. Many new projects will be birthed, churches will unite as they may never have done before and hopefully many will come to Christ through all that occurs. However, this amazing opportunity is not limited to churches. How can we see Hope in our schools?

"This initiative has the potential to be a catalyst, not just for one year. My dream would be that it sees a movement of word and deed evangelism which would transform lives, families and communities. Building on what has gone before, it seems as if the time is right and ripe for multiplication. Therefore, with faith, love and HOPE let's have the confidence and courage to go for it”

Roy Crowne, National Director YFC and one of the founders of Hope

The vision of 'Hope' proposes to support the existing work of local churches, by facilitating intensified, united, focused prayer and a year of activities, communicating the Gospel through words and actions, creating a lasting legacy of both physical and spiritual change in the lives of communities and individuals.

Hope 08 has four core values:

Supporting Local Churches
across the UK in their commitment to serve and witness to their communities

Encouraging Collaboration
between churches and agencies in reaching out to their communities

Resourcing and Training
local churches to develop their ability to engage with their communities on a long term basis

Impacting Individuals and Communities
with the Gospel through words and actions during 2008.

Hope Schools Challenge

You may have heard of some of the exciting national and local events happening surrounding Hope. However, there also exist a number of specifically ‘school’ focused developments which are now underway. The Hope Schools Challenge is a tremendous way for schools workers to engage their local schools and students in the bigger picture of Hope 08. So what is the Hope Schools Challenge?

What do I have to do?
Be creative and think of a way to bring HOPE to your community. Yes, that’s right where you live! Deliver a project that will help meet a need in your village, town or city. Make a short video to show what you have done, showing the impact on your community and the people involved.

Where do I start?
We have written 5 lessons that will help you understand your community and assess their needs. The lessons are taken from a book called Express Community in Schools, which is available from Youth for Christ, and contains full lesson materials and DVD’s to help you...

  1. What’s the need for community? Enabling students to understand how a community is formally defined and what is particularly unique about the community in which they live.

  2. Seeing the needs of community: Enabling students to understand the different needs that may exist within a community and the need for these to be explored.

  3. Assessing the needs of community: Enabling students to recognise the real needs of their community and assess a realistic response to them.

  4. Meeting the needs of community: Enabling students to understand how to plan and manage a project and ensure that it’s effectively delivered in their community.

  5. Evaluating the needs of community: Enabling students to understand the need for, and method of, evaluating the success, or otherwise, of their project(s).

How does it get judged?
You will be asked to create a short 3 to 5 minute video diary of the project you have done, how exactly you have gone about it, who was involved and what impact it has actually made. You will be asked to upload the video to www.hope08.com/schoolschallenge (full details of how to do this are on the website). The closing date for video uploads and your competition entry will be October 2008. The top 5 schools will be visited to allow a judging panel to make their final assessment.

Is there a Prize?
The winning team will be awarded a fantastic prize for their school and also for those students primarily involved in completing the challenge. There will also be a prestigious Awards Evening as part of the Champions of Respect initiative that participants from the winning school will be invited to attend.

How do I get more info?
To register your school or to get more information about the HOPE Schools Challenge visit www.hope08.com and follow the schools links.

Hope Resources

For schools workers, Hope undoubtedly marks a wonderful opportunity to try something new, to encourage others to get involved and to engage in numerous ‘Hope’ focused sessions, lessons and activities. On the Hope website, you can find a series of excellent and free Hope School resources for use in lessons, after school clubs, assemblies and Christian Unions:

Moving Forward with Hope

As we begin the journey into this year of Hope, please do continue to use the YFC schools resource site and submit your lesson plans, assemblies and ideas. I passionately believe that together we can achieve more. If something is working well in your local school – share it with others, as we strive for professional, engaging and dynamic schools work in all that we do.

Submitted by Nigel Roberts at 5:28am, 4th January 2008