We’re not sure what your perceptions of church are. Cold, dusty old buildings, a few old people and nothing relevant to say in this day and age? Our Sunday morning gatherings are informal, interactive, and designed to make a difference to our daily lives. We’re people of all ages and stages from all over the world and we meet in a warm and welcoming space inside our new building in the Gyle area.
Hope City Church was launched Easter 2018 by one of Edinburgh’s oldest and largest bible believing evangelical churches. Charlotte Chapel was full to the brim but wanted to share the hope of Jesus with more people and so we were sent out to start a new church in a different part of the city. It’s been an exciting journey so far!
We began meeting in the conference suite of the Novotel hotel at Edinburgh Park and it was a fantastic home for us for our first year. We had the opportunity to welcome lots of friends through the year – and visitors too. We were so encouraged to see people young and old find a new and living hope in Jesus Christ, and to have the opportunity to baptise them as they publicly declared their newfound faith. We have been hugely help by having an American couple join the staff team for two years, helping us move things forward faster. We also launched our own internal training programme, Multiply, which is designed to help people learn how to play a larger role within the church – and, we hope, also prepare them to be a part of starting other new churches!
Easter 2019 we were excited to begin the process of working towards a potential long-term home for the church: we found an office building which we were able to lease for a 10-year term, got planning permission to use it as a place of worship rather than an office, worked with an architect to re-design the interior to fit our current and future plans, and then set about raising funds to make this a reality.
At the end of June 2019 we had the great privilege to move into what has become our new church home: a great place to gather, to connect, to train, and to share. We’d love you to come and visit!
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