Hope Project – the big idea

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).

Hope Project Easter 2021 – what will be different

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).

2021 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.

THE REQUEST:  Could you please help with the delivery? 

> 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)

> We will produce updated specials webpages for the Auckland here,  wider Wellington Central here, and Blenheim here.


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.

Safety Briefing for delivery

Our safety briefing form for use with groups is here, however…


  1. Show the 3mins safety video here – or read the small print on the reverse of the above form.
  2. Tell us who saw this video either
    1. by taking a photo of the group -and emailing it to admin@shininglights.co.nz with theme of your group / church and city and contact person.
    2. OR by emailing us the names, church and city/town of every individual

Note: Watching this video is a REQUIREMENT for all delivery volunteers.

Thank you!

Promotional resources

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.

Please donate, volunteer and subscribe

  • Donate here
  • To volunteer, click here
  • To subscribe for free monthly prayer updates, go to the bottom of this webpage.

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2021 Church marketing material will be added below by January 2021.


  • 2020 Hope for all booklet – Titled ‘Everyone matters’ here 

Promotional materials for churches – 2020

Small group/youth group discussion guides on Hope Project booklet topics 

  • The origins of our national values re healthcare for all (2020 booklet) here
  • The origins of our national values re charity (2019 booklet)  here
  • The origins of our national values re ‘equality of genders (2019 booklet) here
  • The origins of our national values re slavery (2018 booklet) here
  • The origins of our national values re education for all (2018 booklet)  here

For non-church audiences

  • Posters for non-church audiences for 10 Day Challenge here or Hope Project here
  • 10 Day Challenge business cards here


  • Easter TV ad – 30sec spoken word with Jade here
  • Easter TV ad – 15sec spoken word with Jade here
  • Easter 2020 booklet TV ad – 15sec with Dave here
  • ‘Conversational’ website about hope: HopeProject.co.nz
  • Discipleship website and app: 10DayChallenge.co.nz / Search ‘Why Jesus?’ at the app store.

Read more about Hope Project 2020 HERE


Read more about Hope Project Easter 2019 HERE


Read more about Hope Project Easter 2018 HERE


Read more about Hope Project Easter 2014-2016 HERE

Will you help the Christian message be heard throughout New Zealand each Easter?

Please participate financially