On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
Opening Event (Toowoomba)
Hope Empowered Fundraiser
Closing Event (Brisbane)
Hope Empowered Fundraiser
As I share with you the program for HOPE 2012, I am excited by the content, its potential and theme.
We live in a time, more than any other time in history, with broad prosperity and longevity of life.
We live in an age of global information and connectivity. An age where you can ask your phone a question and it will tell you pretty much everything you need to know.
In late 2010, Apple released the iPhone 4 with the bold claim – “This changes everything. Again.”
Whilst it may have changed the face of smartphone technology, it hardly changes ‘everything’.
It doesn’t change that we have little connection with, or awareness of, the people that ensure our standards of living are maintained.
It doesn’t change the fact that people face increasing levels of social isolation, depression and family breakdown.
It doesn’t change that we live in a time, more than any other time in history, where people continue to live in slavery. Slaves of forced labour, sexual exploitation and poverty.
Our world desperately needs change. But the iPhone 4 is hardly our saviour.
If we believe that Jesus is who He says He is, then this truly changes everything.
This changes everything I am, everything I have and everything I do.
The theme for HOPE 2012 is somewhat all-encompassing.
It exists, however, as a declaration of the God we serve, how He changes our lives, and how we are called to impact the world around us.
HOPE 2012 won’t change everything.
But it will inform, challenge and inspire you to bring change to your sphere of influence through love, compassion and grace.
And for the people within your sphere of influence, this may change everything for them.
Join us for a life-changing event.
Alex & Sarah Attard
Alun has ministered extensively throughout Australia and around the world. He is the founding President of ‘We Care Community Services’, a charity that feeds and clothes thousands of people each year in Melbourne. Alun was awarded the Non-Resident Citizen Of The Year of the City of Greater Dandenong in recognition of the work of We Care in the community. He has also authored several books and conducts leadership seminars.
Alun is also the National Vice President of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) and President of ACC International.
Jonathan Fontanarosa is the Senior Associate Minister of Edge Church, and the Executive Minister of Edge Church’s City Campus. City Campus is the first daughter congregation of Edge Church International – a dynamic multi-site church of over 5,000 people based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Jonathan’s pastor’s heart and passion for people shines through in all his teaching and preaching. His desire to see lives changed has extended into him overseeing and coordinating Edge Church’s major community projects in Adelaide. These include the extreme makeover of Morphett Vale High School, the renovations of Adelaide Women’s Prison, and the Women’s & Children’s Hospital – and other more recent projects as a result of Edge Church’s partnership with the Childhood Cancer Association.