Hope for Youth
The youth play a large role in the life of the church. Currently there are two active youth groups.
F.R.O.G. (Forever Relying On God)
F.R.O.G. is for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Emphasis is on fun (and maybe burning off some energy)!
Lighthouse is for middle and high school youth. While there's still lot's of time for fun the focus is more on examining their growing faith, personal reflection, service activities and worship.
For more information go to the Youth tab.
Relating Beyond Hope
Our gatherings at Hope are relating beyond our building to the local community, the nation, and the world. We reach out to feed the hungry, both directly (e.g. volunteering at the Peoples Resource Center food pantry) and by supporting worldwide hunger relief programs (e.g. Bread for Life). In addition, we have developed close relationships with two sister churches - one in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood for over 25 years and the other a small church in Havana, Cuba for over 5 years. Click on the Outreach tab for more.
Providing Everyone Hope
Hope strives to show God's love to everyone. Our unique outreach to the LGBTQ+ community is People Revering Inclusive Spiritual Ministries (PRISM). Through these ministries Hope exposes people of differing sexual orientations to each other to promote education, acceptance and support of diverse lifestyles. We team with other organizations, such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), to provide love and hope to everyone because "We are all God's children". Click on Small Group tab for more.
Promoting Interfaith Hope
Hope strives to develop relationships with all our diverse neighbors, whatever their backgrounds or religious convictions, they are a gift from God. Through our relationships with Bethel New Life, an African American congregation, and with friends discovered through our Hispanic Outeach Ministry, we are grateful for the glimpses of the Beloved Community on our little hill. Members of the Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Native American, Mormon and LGBT communities also participate in our worship services, adult education classes and outreach activities. We learn from one another, support each other in difficult times, and celebrate our common life together. Click on the Ministry/Partners tab for more.