THE HOPE FUND 

 

 

This proposal is for the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ to consider establishing and raising money for a HOPE fund to encourage

innovation, societal impact and new ministry in our midst. As we near the end of this pandemic and look to the future of a post-pandemic world, our churches need help to imagine new ways to be the church in this new landscape. We live in the most unchurched state in the country, and we look to connect with people who don’t go to church with the Good News of our faith. We have had experience with doing ministry in new ways during this Pandemic, so let us come together to invest in that! Our churches also need assurance that we as a Conference can look boldly into the future and see hope! We seek to have a major Conference initiative to raise the money for the fund.

                                                                       Though still in its infancy,  The Hope Fund is already being used to spread the Good News!!

 

SOCIETAL IMPACT

Charlotte Congregational Church

"For a long time, our congregation has been intentional about increasing the permeability of our campus to allow relationships and partnerships between the congregation and the wider community to flourish. Inviting community groups of all kinds to use our buildings, partnering with the local pre-school to provide an extension program on our campus, a community dinner and lecture series, an annual “Messiah Sing,” and most recently, embracing streaming worship services, are all examples of our growing permeability."

 

Centre Chruch in Brattleboro

 

"Jesus delivered his most provocative and best remembered message ‘on the mount’ (Matthew 5-7), that was outdoors. Being outdoors and on a mount enabled Jesus to be accessible and visible, respectively. After almost two years of coaching and consulting by Paul Nickerson, Centre Church better understands that its location (central) is key to its relevance and viability in the greater-Brattleboro area and thus the accessibility and visibility of the church is seminal. Yet currently, the vital ministries implemented and the gospel demonstrated are almost ‘hidden under a bushel’ (Matthew 5:15) – the bushel being our beautiful edifice that is the ‘Jewel on Main Street’. If we are to follow “the example of … Jesus”, we must improve our accessibility and visibility."

 

 

West Dover Congregational Church

 

"The Church’s role in this athletic community-building work is twofold: 1) We are one of the groups that would use such an established community venue to reach community members in need and 2) We bear witness to God’s abundance and love of poor, working-class and other communities by providing a free venue for exercise, fun and education in towns overly invested in the interests of affluent vacationers to the detriment of local working class and poor residents, especially children."

 

NEW MINISTRY

Just Now. Just You. Just Love.

Love Church.

Randolph Center, Vermont

 

Love Church is a non-traditional worshiping community. We welcome everyone, including those who have not been connected with a church in the past or have left the traditional church for whatever reason. At Love Church we worship as we share a meal, hike in the woods, create art, dance, pray, laugh, sing, meditate, and love our neighbors. It’s all about love! Join us as we redefine what church can be.