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Launching Hope25 at Pentecost

Hope 25 is a program of General Synod designed as an intentional season of sharing hope in Jesus for every parish and community in the Australian Anglican Church.

The season will run from Easter 2025 to Pentecost but the program is being launched on Pentecvost this Sunday to give parishes and committees time to prepare.

“I commend this program of General Synod to you and ask you to support it,” Archbishop of Adelaide Geoff Smith said. “If you have the capacity, I ask that you play this video during your service on Pentecost Sunday and encourage people to sign up via the QR code at the end of the video.

“If you don’t have video facilities, then please show it by downloading it to a computer and play it in the service or at morning tea.”

You can download the video from this site where there are versions available in Dinka and Chinese languages.

A resource document to help you launch the project in your church this Sunday here.

“We are asking each parish to commit to doing (at least) one thing to help share the hope that we have in Jesus during this season,” the organisers say.

“We aren’t going to tell you what to do, but we will provide resources and support so that each parish can act locally and contextually, sharing the hope we have in Jesus in a way that best fits your context.

“It may be that you have multiple different groups within your parish and a number of different events are needed to engage with those group. Or, you may choose to band together on one event, it is entirely up to each parish or community to choose.

“We are encouraging parishes and dioceses to start praying and planning now. A key part of that is forming a team in your parish and signing up to the Hope25 email list and exploring the resources on this website.”