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Urban Hope, three years on
25/03/14
Urban Hope weekend away at Buckdon Towers, Cambridgeshire

Urban Hope Church was formed three years ago, growing out of two Christian projects based in Coventry City Centre: Coffee Tots (a cafe/parenting project) and Bardsley House Youth Centre, both of which work with some of the poorest young people in the city and were set up by Anglican Churches.

Over the last three years, we’ve developed into a community of around 70 people, meeting together for worship on Sundays and Thursdays at the café and on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Centre.  Alongside these gatherings we hold Encounter Evenings (to help deepen relationships with Jesus) and have various home groups.    

What makes Urban Hope different from other churches is that it’s specifically aimed at un-churched (and often disadvantaged) young people in their twenties and thirties, giving them the opportunity to help shape this new church.  Our gatherings take place around meal tables with an emphasis on hospitality and bible-based discussion, although reading ages can be quite low and there’s lots of time spent together in prayer.  Often our discussions are led by the young people themselves which means that no two weeks are ever alike!   

Last summer 65 of us from Urban Hope (including 10 Coffee Tots families!) took part in a fantastic residential weekend at Buckdon Towers in Cambridgeshire, where we used a variety of creative tools as worship opportunities, for example we created a prayer tree by hanging our prayers via clothes pegs onto the branches of a large tree in the grounds and prayed around it each morning.  We also appreciated a wonderful camp fire and candlelit compline that followed.

At its core Urban Hope Church aims to make Christ’s love real to some of the poorest Young People in Coventry, often through practical love and support (for example we offer help with budgeting, IT skills and cooking courses) and the transformation that can only come from knowing Jesus.  Please pray for us!