Hope Church updates on the Coronavirus

21 Apr 2020 – Update from Steve Chick to all at Hope Church


Dear All,

We are now in the fourth week of the UK lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. At this moment in time none of us quite know how long this current situation will go on for nor do we know how the country will transition back into a more normal rhythm of life.

As Elders we are continuing to pray for all of you, in particular your continued physical health and well-being during these most challenging of times. We are also praying for all those in authority who are having to make incredibly difficult decisions as well as for our NHS and the many volunteers/key workers who are doing such an amazing job.

Whilst we have suspended all our actual meetings I am grateful for the teams of people who have been working hard over these last weeks to enable church life to continue albeit virtually. I hope you have found all that we have been providing through Hope Online, Hope Kids, our youth work etc encouraging. I know it is not the same as being together but I trust you have found it helpful in keeping connected.

We will be continuing to keep you all updated with what is happening over the coming days and weeks so please keep checking online for updates including prayer requests.

You will remember I recently quoted another Newfrontiers church leader who said, “For years, the church in the West has measured its health by the number of people it gathers on a Sunday. Jesus’ barometer of health was different. Do you love one another? In the coming months, with all that we are facing, we’ll need to re-discover what this really means.”

Through Hope Care we have been working to put in place way a way we can practically show the love of God. If you or someone you know is need of help or support please contact us at care@hopewinchester.org. I also want to encourage us all to keep in touch with those around us.

These days may be challenging but they also give us opportunities for the gospel. I am trusting that God will open doors for many to be able to explore questions they have about faith through our online Alpha.

Thanks for all your love and continued support. Please continue to seek God and pray for the church.

With much love and grace,

Steve Chick
On behalf of all the Elders


If at any point over the next few weeks you are in need of assistance because of the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), HOPE is here to help! Whether it is going to the shops on your behalf, picking up a prescription, or connecting in prayer, we would like to know. Please email care@hopewinchester.org. Your request will be reviewed immediately and we will contact you with more information.

Weekly Schedule – ‘Our new normal’

WEDNESDAYS – One Church Prayer Meetings via Zoom. Alternating between evenings and lunchtimes.
THURSDAYS – Youth Zoom Hangouts
FRIDAYS – Hope Kids can check out their ‘Join In’ worksheet for the weekend.
       Tribe Students & Younger Adults Zoom Hangouts
SUNDAYS – Hope Online – Join us Every Sunday at 10am on Youtube for our Sunday Services

See What’s On for details.



Question: Is Hope Church on?

Yes and no! Due to the ongoing Government restrictions, Hope Church has suspended all physical meetings, and will not meet at either our Central or North site. However, we are continuing to meet online. See What's On for details.

Question: Is my group still meeting?

No. All physical meetings especially those within the church buildings are not taking place. This also includes Community Groups and any other home-based church groups.

Question: I need practical help or have a question.

Please email care@hopewinchester.org to provide us with information on how Hope can help you. If you find yourself isolated or in need of any help or support with shopping or running errands please contact us, Hope Care team is here to help!

Question: I need prayer or have a prayer request.

Please email care@hopewinchester.org and our Hope Care prayer team can look after you.

Question: I've said YES to Jesus during a Hope Online Sunday Service.

Please tell a friend or family member from Hope Church and then email care@hopewinchester.org and our Hope Care team would love to talk to you and follow up.

Question: How can I help?

Email us on care@hopewinchester.org to let us know what you can do. Our Hope Care team will contact when a suitable opportunity to help arises.

Question: I want to share some good news!!

Please share this with your group leaders, email it to care@hopewinchester.org and send us a Direct Message with a video of yourself so we can repost it on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

Question: I would like to give

For us at Hope Church, giving is a part of our worship, and it’s how we fund what we do. You can give through My ChurchSuite or via the website here. Simple and secure. Give a single gift or schedule recurring giving.