The Hope Project is seeking to bring an awareness of Christ back to the public square in connection with our cultural festivals that were purposed to celebrate Christianity, in view of its significance in the formation of our cultural values and freedoms. Our strategic suggestion has been THREE annual media efforts. This is suggested in view of the way that public perspectives affect the tone of EVERY conversation the Christian community engages in this nation. The value of engaging with these perspectives cannot be underestimated.
(i) Hope Project Easter – putting Christ back into Easter (since 2014)
(ii) Hope Project Christmas – putting Christ back into Christmas (since 2019)
(iii) Hope Project Family (soon to be rebranded) – highlighting what Kiwi churches are doing for people and families within communities (Phase 1 – Tauranga – September 2022 – to create and trial systems. Phase 2 – God-willing, national – September 2023 – as a blessing to the profile/witness of the churches together in each city and town).
The delivery: This will be the third year that the delivery has been volunteer-based in the largest 90 cities and towns – plus about 20 smaller towns that have requested to deliver themselves.
The booklet: We are shortening the booklet to 16 pages – for an easier read. Conveniently, it turns out print prices have increased significantly. With this change the overall budget remains about the same.
2022 THEME: The booklet will have a thematic focus on ‘hope beyond loss‘. Having affirmed how precious every person is in God’s eyes it will tell stories related to hope found beyond the loss of finances, relationship with family and the unjust loss of lands – to reflect how each of these people were able to find this hope – which is because of their faith!
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Delivery plans will adjust in keeping with all Government guidelines associated with COVID-19. Under the traffic light system there are currently no restrictions on individuals delivering to letterboxes.
Please be aware of changes to any guidelines which could affect deliveries in your local area and follow those directives.
To be more fully informed – please note the following:
UNWELL / CLOSE CONTACT: If you are unwell or a close contact, please follow all Government directives on isolating at home, which would also mean you do not deliver to letterboxes at that time.
PERSONAL CONTACT UNDER ‘RED’ TRAFFIC LIGHT LEVEL: Under ‘Red’, deliveries are to be ‘Contactless’ – to a letterbox (not a person). We therefore cannot (a) deliver to people at their door under ‘Red’, like at a ‘No Circulars’ home. Also, (b) if you meet a householder in their driveway during ‘Red’, please attempt to place the booklet in their letterbox rather than giving it to them in person – while being polite. When we go back to ‘Orange’, under current guidelines booklets could again be given to someone in person.
MASKS – WHEN YOU DO AND DO NOT NEED THEM: Masks do not need to be worn while delivering to letterboxes. However, we request that all volunteers take a mask with them when delivering – in case of a conversational situation, being aware of both social distancing (2 metres where possible) and also the public perception of us. Please be willing to go ’the extra mile’ (Matthew 5:41) in following Government guidelines, so as to remain ‘beyond reproach’ (1 Timothy 3:2, 1 Timothy 5:7).
GATHERINGS: While there are no gatherings planned by Hope Project, sometimes volunteers are gathered locally for a prayer and safety briefing. All gatherings organised by local churches or groups for the purpose of Hope Project deliveries must obviously do so within current Government guidelines.
The Shining Lights final decision on the scale of each Easter’s effort is made in November annually. This annually takes into account the level of risk involved – especially noting finances. The Board has felt to continue with all ‘Hope Project’ plans in 2022 in a ‘conservative’ manner, therefore not including TV with the Christmas effort, but including the increased risk of starting the proposed ‘Hope Project Family’ (soon to be rebranded) effort, with a ‘Phase 1 trial’ in Tauranga only, to create the systems and software needed before possible national release to cities and towns nationally in 2023. Every effort is undertaken with multiple outcomes in view.