We are a community of people from a variety of backgrounds exploring what it means to follow Jesus Christ and to actively love our neighbors.
Our community includes people who have been following Jesus for many years, some who are new to Christian faith, and some who are exploring Christianity for the first time.
Hope is a warm, welcoming community—regardless of your background, beliefs, or life situation. Come as you are, and we look forward to welcoming you to worship.
In our worship services, we narrate and celebrate what God has done for us and the world through Jesus Christ. Whether you are skeptical about Christian faith, curious about Christ, or a seasoned follower of Jesus, worship points us to what we all need: the Gospel. Our worship includes songs and prayer, confession, Scripture, teaching, and Communion.
At Hope, we want you to feel free to "come as you are." Dress comfortably, grab a cup of coffee at the back of the sanctuary and pick up a worship guide so you can follow along with the different parts of the service. Most of all, know that we're glad you're here, whether you're only beginning to explore spiritual reality, or have been a Christian for some time.
How should I dress?
We welcome you to dress comfortably and be yourself.
If I drive, where can I park?
There is some parking available in our lot on the East side of the building. However, there are only a handful of those spots available and they fill up quickly. On Sundays, parking is available on the street without a permit, but please be mindful of not blocking nearby driveways. If no parking is available in the lot or on the street, there is free parking a couple of blocks away at the Kennedy Elementary School on Elm Street. If you prefer not to drive, you can find information here for taking the bus or subway.
What do I do when I get there?
When you walk in the front doors a friendly person will greet you, give you a program (what we call a Worship Guide) and answer any questions that you might have. You can enter the sanctuary and find a seat, or you can head to the back of the sanctuary for some refreshments.
Do you provide child care?
We welcome children of all ages at Hope. On Sundays child care is provided for children from birth through third grade during the 9 a.m. service (no child care at the 11 a.m. service). Middle school and high school students meet at 8 a.m for Bible study and fellowship.
We use a check-in/drop-off system when your children go to their classes, so be sure to inform one of the Children's Ministry volunteers if you are a first time guest and they will assist you. Click here for more information on children's classes.
What happens during the worship service?
The Worship Guide you receive will give you an idea of what to expect during our time together. Please take a moment to complete the Connection Card that you will find in your guide and place it in the offering basket later in the service. The card is a way for us to learn a little bit about you. We promise that we won’t show up at your door, but we will send you a free gift during the next week in exchange for the card.
We want you to enjoy your time with us so we encourage you to participate as much or as little as you like. You can meet a lot of new people seated around you or choose to remain anonymous at first if you prefer. We’ll give some simple instructions throughout the service to let you know when to stand or sit. During our time together we will sing, pray, read Scripture, and hear a message that is both Biblical and practical. The service usually lasts about 75 minutes. We would love for you to hang around for a little while after the service. Refreshments are available each week, and our people love to spend time meeting newcomers and catching up with friends.