Hometown Christmas 2016 Recap

You invited your friends, neighbors and family members and they responded — in a big way! With 12 services over two evenings at three campuses, nearly 14,000 people came home for Christmas — a record for Hope’s Christmas services.

Hometown Christmas featured music, a dazzling high-tech light show, candlelight and a worship-fueled celebration of the birth of Christ and helped us usher in Christmas for our guests.

“Our hope is always to reach people in our community, wherever they are,” says Mike Lee, lead teaching and founding pastor. “With Hometown Christmas, we invite them to celebrate Christmas with family — our church family. We don’t want anyone to be alone at Christmas, we want them to come home.”

For those who couldn’t make it, gethope.tv enabled even more to watch the service at gethope.tv, a first for Hope Community Church.

“Video has been a part of who we are at Hope,” says Joe Woolworth, creative media director.“ But with the addition of live streaming of events, or using recorded services as part of our social media outreach, we have another tool allowing us to come alongside people and love them where they are."

Trey Heffinger, worship leader, composed an original song with Jess Ray and Taylor Leonhardt specifically for the service and created new arrangements for some old favorites. “Keeping creativity in the mix helps hold people’s attention. ‘Oh, I wasn’t expecting that. I like it.’ In the spirit of the season, it’s a bit of a gift from us to you,” he says.

“The new arrangement of 'O Holy Night' is an encouragement to people to see the words in a way that maybe they haven’t before."

The new song, "Oh Baby it’s Christmas Again," is destined to become an audience favorite as evidenced by multiple shares on social media.

Were you one of the thousands who joined us for Hometown Christmas? Thank you from our family to yours for making it such a success.

Missed it, want to see it again or share it with your friends?

But don’t wait till next Christmas to invite your friends and family to “come home.” Wherever you are, whatever you’re going through, we’re here for you.

Have a joyous 2017!

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Written by Shannon Hartsoe, Photos from Dave Shay Photography. 

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