The city of New York doesn’t need another church service; the city needs family. This is one of the biggest convictions that drives Hope Church and its growth on and around the Island.
We know that, though New York is a city of millions, it can be one of the most isolating places in the world. And so we believe that whether it’s a family of four, a 23-year-old student from Cornell Tech, or a 65-year-old single woman who has lived on the Island for the past 35 years, we are all created for connection and community. Hope holds a strong belief that the church was never intended to solely be an institution that people come to, but a group of people that exists for the sake of others outside of that faith community.
Over the past three years of its young life, Hope Church and its members have become deeply embedded in the life of Roosevelt Island. Our leaders, like Jeff Johnson, Melissa Wade, Dawn Price, Gage Hunt, Cecelia Romero, Andrea Mendez, Kevin Douglas, and the rest of the leadership community, have formed an Island church that continues to grow, serves the neighborhood, and has now begun to attract those from off the Island, as well, because of its cultural diversity, teaching, music, and value for kids, students, and those living on the margins of society.
Above and beyond Hope’s weekly worship services, Hope continues to host community-wide meals, English-learning groups, kids and family events, networking events for the Island’s growing Chinese community, connection points for young singles, prayer gatherings, and industry-specific roundtables where neighbors discuss the intersection of their faith and their work. We also work alongside strategic partner Do For One as we advocate for those living with cognitive or physical disabilities.
In addition, Hope hosts mid-week communities throughout the city to give people different opportunities to eat together, pray together, and learn how the Christian faith can inform our work, our relationships, and the way we thrive emotionally, socially, and spiritually in a place like New York. Groups meet at Cornell, NYU, the Upper East Side, and all throughout Roosevelt Island.
January 28, after three years of afternoon services, Hope Church will shift to having weekly Sunday morning service at 11:30 a.m. in the historic Chapel of the Good Shepherd. All are welcome, and visitors can expect great music, applicable teaching toward work and life in NYC, and a diverse community coming from various cultures, contexts, and creeds learning to worship together and having fun along the way.
Every Sunday, Hope offers compelling and age-appropriate programming for toddlers, all the way through middle school. To find out more about Hope Church, to attend a Sunday service, or to join us as we serve the city, you can visit us online at Hopericc.org.
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