Because of your support, during the last year we saw more people hear about Jesus for the first time, and get to know him better, through our three congregations' Sunday and midweek activities.
- Approximately 35 made a decision to follow Jesus for the first time.
- 12 people made their faith public by being baptised at one of our congregation's services.
- An average of 475 people (including children) attended one of our three congregations' services each Sunday, meeting to worship God together.
Because you welcomed and cared about students:
- Approximately 55 students attended one of our congregations on a Sunday on a regular basis.
- Approximately 25 students regularly attended one of our two student connect groups, learning together how to follow Jesus.
- 36 students took part in our Student Weekend Away in the New Forest, praying and worshipping together, as well as having fun and building community.
Children & Youth
More children and youth were able to hear about Jesus in an age-appropriate way last year, because you gave your time, money and resources. We were also able to have a positive impact on our local communities through our parent and toddler groups.
- Up to 138 children attended one of our three congregations each Sunday, for fun, age-appropriate, Bible-based activities.
- An average of 33 youth attended one of our three congregations each Sunday, learning how to grow in their faith.
- An average of 32 youth attended one of our congregations' midweek groups each week, enjoying a mix of games and faith-based activities.
- 4 young people from across our congregations were baptised, making a public statement of their faith.
- 40 young people from across our congregations went to Soul Survivor, a Christian festival for teenagers, where they were able to benefit from great worship and teaching about Jesus, and enjoy a range of sports and other activities.
- Up to 205 families accessed one of our various toddler groups (Sunbeams, Caterpillar Lunch Munch Club, Tiny Treasures, and Stay and Play St Andrews) during the last year, with an average of at least 88 families attending one of these groups each week, enjoying friendship and fun activities for their little ones.
We continued to be involved with preparations to open the new Hope Community School. As part of the preparations:
- 400 ice creams were given out in Southampton parks over the summer of 2016, to engage with local families and work towards recruiting children for the September 2017 school intake. 123 families have now been recruited.
- 1 new principal for the school was recruited!
Because of your willingness to volunteer your time and support our outreach events through prayer and finances, more people had the opportunity to hear the good news about Jesus, and to receive prayer for their needs, last year.
- 31 people learned about Jesus by regularly attending one of our congregations' Alpha courses.
- 24 guests from these Alpha courses continued their journey of faith by getting involved in one of our congregations.
- 51 weeks of the year, members of our Healing on the Streets teams were out praying for people in their local communities in Eastleigh and Southampton.
As a result of your generosity in sharing your time, money, skills and goods, we were able to provide valuable practical support to many people in need in our local communities this last year. Below are a few examples of how we made a difference:
- Over 4100 meals were served to people in need through our Community Café during the year.
- 129 couples and individuals received counselling through our Central Counselling and Training Service (CCTS).
- 12 individuals received support from our Bereavement Support Team.
- Many items of baby clothes and equipment were collected and redistributed to families in need by our Baby Branch project.
- Many elderly people were able to enjoy a cream tea, at Hope Eastleigh 2016, which we were involved in.
- Many local families and individuals were able to benefit from an enjoyable day out at one of our community fun days (Sholing's Summer Community Fun Day, Sholing's Christmas Community Fayre, and Eastleigh's fun day as part of Hope Eastleigh 2016, run in conjunction with Churches Together in Eastleigh).
In addition, £630 was raised by some of our young people for Trinity Winchester, a charity that supports people who are homeless. The young people took part in the charity's Big Sleep Out 2016, and held a cake sale, to raise the money.
With your generous support - praying, fundraising, and volunteering for overseas trips - we were able to make a positive difference to several international communities in the last year.
Through the New Community Kibera Project, working in one of the world's largest slums, in Kenya:
- 300-400 children received meals twice a month, along with sports activities and teaching about Jesus.
- 60 local volunteers received teaching to become community healthcare trainers, so they in turn could instruct people in their community.
- 60 local people were educated in micro-enterprise development, providing them with knowledge that would enable them to run their own small businesses.
- 120 local football coaches were up-skilled through the soccer academy, helping to reduce youth crime and gun-related deaths by providing a positive and constructive use of time for young people.
- 30 children attending the new primary school were provided with meals by the end of the year.
- Work continued on the building of a new community centre, which will be used for education, feeding programmes, meetings and more.
As a result of The Beatrice Project, working with vulnerable girls in rural Zimbabwe:
- 300 girls received free sanitary pads for a year so they could continue to attend school.
- 300 girls took part in monthly workshops, learning about reproductive health and other topical issues affecting young women.
Through our School of Ministries' international teaching and training programme:
- Over 1500 church leaders from developing countries received training in Christian ministry.
- Schools offering training in Christian ministry were held in 40 centres in 13 nations.
Additionally, over £1000 was raised for earthquake victims in Nepal through fundraising events and activities.
Training & Resources
Last year, we were able to help train and inform people in a variety of different roles, and also provided a safe and welcoming retreat location for individuals and groups.
- 31 students graduated from our Ignite discipleship and leadership training programme.
- 29 counsellors received training through our Central Counselling and Training Service (CCTS).
- 28 pastors received information and training through our Central Counselling and Training Service (CCTS).
- Over 200 adult-visitor nights took place at our Christ-centred community house, Le Vay, in France.
- Many individuals also benefitted from the various short courses, mini-conferences, Bible studies, retreat days, and one-off events we ran across our three congregations.
We were able to use some of our resources to raise additional funds for New Community Network, enabling us to continue the work we do in our local communities in Southampton and Eastleigh.
- Approximately 200 cups of hot drinks were sold each week by our in-house coffee shop, Central Coffee.
- A whole host of organisations booked rooms at Central Hall for their meetings and events.
Your contribution this last year has been overwhelmingly generous! Thank you all for your continued support and generosity.
Below is a snapshot of the numbers. (Please note that these figures have been audited but we are still awaiting the finalised financial accounts and therefore these may be subject to changes.)
- Group total income for the year was £1,150,000.
- A staggering £34,468 (including Gift Aid) was raised by our three congregations collectively through our 2016 Gift Day!
- Our deficit has been significantly reduced.
- Our overseas support went to 9 different nations: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zimbabwe.
A whole host of people across all three of our congregations volunteered in some way last year, either at church on a Sunday, in a midweek group or course, with a local or international community project, at a one-off event or series of events, or in some other way. We couldn't have achieved all we have without you, so we'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all!