Hope Community Church - Longsight
How Hope Community Church Longsight is dealing with #COVID19 Lockdown
Hope Church Longsight is part of Antioch Network Manchester, and at this time of COVID19 Lockdown, we are taking our meetings online using “Zoom” video conference call technology. If you would like to join us for one of our online gatherings, then please email [email protected] but the meeting times generally mirror what we normally do when we can physically meet together.
Additionally, because we cannot meet in person both Hope Church Longsight and Antioch Network Manchester have dedicated YouTube channels with extra prayer and teaching content. If you would like to see some of this content, then here are the links below:
Hope Longsight’s YouTube Channel
Antioch Network’s YouTube Channel
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Hope Community Church, Longsight is only a year old: we first gathered for Sunday worship in 2018. In other ways though we go further back, to the time when the team first began to gather in January of 2018, to the time when we began to talk about a new church in Longsight in 2017, to 2012 when some of its people began to dream of a church planting movement across Manchester, or to 2009 when a few of us began working on Longsight market, and prayed for the day when there would be a local gathering we could invite people to. It’s a new church born from a vision that has grown slowly.
Our vision is simple: it’s to know the love of God in Jesus and to share it with others. We want to know God better, to love our neighbours and to love each other. We want to see the message of God’s love in Jesus come to our neighbourhood. We want people to see that God can bring people together in love. We come from 5 different continents, and many different countries. Our church, although it is small, has people who speak among other languages, English, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Romanian, Arabic, French, Kurdish and Chinese. We offer help for people to understand God’s word in their own language.
Our community - and where we meet
We see ourselves as a community, committed to one another to God and to our world.
We meet regularly three times a week to look at God’s word and worship (and eat together!).
On Sundays we gather at 10:30am at the Pakistani Community Centre on Stockport Road, M12 4NN. This meeting lasts just over an hour. There is teaching from the Bible, worship, prayer and sometimes communion (the shared symbolic meal of Christians). Most of us gather for lunch at St John’s Rectory afterwards.
On Tuesdays we are at St John’s Rectory from 6.30pm, when we share a meal, and begin discussing the Bible together from 7.15pm.
On Thursdays, we are at St John’s Rectory again. The morning starts at 9.15am, when we open the house up to anyone who wants to come. We also offer free English classes or help with form-filling to anyone who needs it. From 10:15am we drink great coffee or tea and eat great cake. From 10:45am we start looking at the Bible together.
Praying at Hope Church Longsight
As well as our regular worship and study meetings, where we pray, some of us also gather to pray early every morning, every Tuesday morning, every other Thursday evening, and once a month on Saturdays.
All of Antioch Network Manchester's church plants are committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Manchester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.