The Hope Project is seeking to see something of the ‘Christ’ staying in our cultural festivals of Christmas and Easter in the public square, with awareness of the significance of this faith in the formation of our cultural values and freedoms. Culture and values are preserved through story!
Our wider strategic suggestion for a number of years has been THREE annual media efforts to fill identified gaps in our wider communications – as the Church as a whole. We engage in these efforts with awareness of the importance of engaging conversation with people in these different ways, because these shape public perspectives – which are the starting point for our other conversations.
(i) Hope Project Easter – putting Christ back into Easter (since 2014)
(ii) Hope Project Christmas – putting Christ back into Christmas (since 2019)
(iii) HeLP Project – highlighting the help on offer from churches within their communities.
The delivery: The delivery was volunteer-based in about 100 cities and towns. The volunteer-delivery applies to all cities and towns of 5000 or more people, while being optional for places that are smaller than this. (A paid delivery covered the rest).
The 2023 booklet is titled ‘Hope For All – Goodness we can trust’: At an easy-to-read 16-page length, the 2023 booklet relays stories connected to questions about the goodness of God, noting we live in a world with so much suffering. On what basis do we believe God is good?
At all levels, the engagement with this media effort, and the delivery (for which churches united across the nation) was very encouraging. Please see the 2023 Report for full details.
While considerably few churches were involved financially in 2022/23, a large number of churches were involved with the delivery. In this sense, partnerships are strong and these projects are positioned to address challenges through wide connections, to therefore continue for a little longer yet. We saw some financial miracles in the 2022/23 financial year to meet budget, and thank God. To support these efforts see AllTogether.co.nz/donate.