Silent Night carols initiative gets Royal endorsement
Prince William has thrown his weight behind HOPE Christmas initiative Silent Night Carols, as Roy Crowne explains ...
HOPE mission and outreach activities across the country are gathering pace, as Roy Crowne recently updated supporters in their latest newsletter ...
"We were thrilled to receive a letter from Kensington Palace giving Prince William’s endorsement to the Silent Night Carols initiative. As President of the Football Association, his backing, together with that of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is a huge encouragement.
"We are making final preparations for the public launch of the Silent Night Carols. The resources we are preparing for you to use in local sports stadia, churches and community centres include a specially commissioned version of the carol Silent Night, with choral and instrumental arrangements already available here.
"Tearfund is to publish a free, 16-page Silent Night Carols programme for you to use, with the words of 10 top carols. There will also be short talk outlines, a video, a Silent Night version of the Christmas Starts poster and a drama script from Out of the Ark.
"Please contact all the choirs you know of and pass them the link to the carol so they can learn it for this Christmas.
You can also find a how-to guide to organising a sports club Christmas carol service here.
Putting HOPE on the map
We are mapping the spread of HOPE – and we’ve started adding your details. Please visit the map here and put in your own local details. Watch this video to see the easy steps to take to add your HOPE plans.
A new season of prayer
Our partner UCB is publishing a three-month HOPE prayer calendar to run from November 2014 to the end of January 2015. Copies are free – we want as many people as possible to be praying with us for our nation. The prayer diary will be launched at London’s Excel Centre where the Archbishop of Canterbury will be speaking at the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Festival of Life on Friday 17 October. Please contact us if you can:
a) distribute copies of the Prayer Calendar – we can send you a bulk order for your area.
b) bring a group to the Festival of Life on Friday 17 October – we can reserve seats for you.
Rhythm of Mission
As always, we encourage you to work together with other churches in your area, with a rhythm of mission so every contact is invited to the next event: invite your summer festival guests to Harvest events, to Alpha/ Christianity Explored, to Remembrance and Greater Love events and then to Silent Night Carols events.
Encourage each of your church members to get equipped to tell their story and, wherever possible, to exercise hospitality – Harvest is a great time to eat together with neighbours or as a community. Visit our website for harvest ideas. Even having a cuppa and a chat in a local café could be the next step for someone who needs to know Jesus.
You'll also find lots of new Harvest resources at the CPO website.
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