Hope is a multi-site church, currently meeting as two congregations in Petersfield Community Centre and Greatham Primary School. Together we are about 170 people, with ages ranging from 0 to 90, and most stages in between. We live in Petersfield and Greatham and the surrounding towns and villages of Liss, Liphook, Haslemere, Bordon, Whitehill.
Sunday mornings both congregations follow the same pattern. We start with coffee and pastries from 10.30. Then we are usually called to order about 10.50, and finish about 12.15.
Children are a central part of our church family, and always welcome in our meetings. There is a crèche each week. Most weeks we offer classes for children aged 3–14 during the second part of our services. One Sunday a month is an all-age family service.
The style of our meetings is quite relaxed, with a mixture of contemporary and older music, open prayer, teaching from the Bible, and sometimes drama. We are delighted to welcome visitors, wherever you are in the spectrum of belief or non-belief. There is plenty of car parking, no dress code, and you can leave whenever you want!
Hope Church is founded on seven Core Values and has five purposes (with grateful thanks to Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Church). Our statement of faith is adapted from that of the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship.
The head of our church is Jesus Christ, who is God himself graciously making himself known to us by coming into this world as a human being. Jesus is our Lord, and his word to us, the Bible, is our only authority for all that we believe, teach and do.
We want to serve our communities and currently offer a monthly cafechurch at Costa in Petersfield; money-management courses; prison visiting; and various forms of youthwork.