The Hope Project is seeking to bring an awareness of Christ back to the public square. Our strategic suggestion is THREE annual media efforts. Public perspectives affect the tone of EVERY conversation the Christian community engages in this nation. The value of engaging with those perspectives cannot be underestimated.
(i) Hope Project Easter – putting Christ back into Easter (started 2014)
(ii) Hope Project Christmas – putting Christ back into Christmas (started without funds 2019)
(iii) Hope Project Family – highlighting what Kiwi churches are doing for families (date of first effort yet to be determined).
The delivery: This will be the second year that the delivery has been volunteer-based in the largest 70 cities and towns. We will also open the door for churches in smaller towns to offer to deliver voluntarily (however we will NOT open this door for rural or semi-rural areas, as the administration for this is too complicated).
2020 THEME: The wider 2021 theme will be the history behind our cultural views on the freedom of speech and religion – which are rooted in our cultural ideas about human rights – which are based entirely on the Christian suggestion that human life is valuable. (Without ‘God’ there is no basis for saying human life is special – as compared to any other life. This is clearly reflected in the way people’s rights are so significantly trampled upon in such societies in all eras of history, and globally. Our materials will however focus on the positive affirmation of our own culture, which is arguably the most free in all of human history).
Delivery plans will adjust in keeping with all Government guidelines associated with CoronaVirus, which will likely still be affecting things at Easter 2021.
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. The current financial downturn will be a factor. However, we have people with faith for these things on our team also, and have never undertaken a risk we could not somehow underwrite.
> If yes, contact your pastor, or tell us you volunteer here. (Pastors’ groups nationally are uniting to prayer-walk all streets while delivering to letterboxes)
As expected, stories from churches in 2020 confirmed that, if a sign up form was handed along the rows of a church during the promotion for volunteers, about 3 to 6 times as many people would volunteers as compared with simply asking people to sign up in the foyer afterwards.
Please pass sign up forms along rows.
Your job will be made many times easier if you do.
Our safety briefing form for use with groups is here, however…
EASY APPROACH FOR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS:
Note: Watching this video is a REQUIREMENT for all delivery volunteers.
Please get what you need from the right-hand column of this webpage.
By early 2021 it will include the 2021 promo video, powerpoint, volunteer sign up form to print – and more.
FOR CHURCH PROMOTION
Promotional materials for churches – 2020
Small group/youth group discussion guides on Hope Project booklet topics
For non-church audiences
PUBLIC MEDIA LINKS