For many years the church was at the heart of the local community, but then this changed with the church often marginalised. However the last few years have seen this trend reversed and the church being again at the heart of the local community. This is true for Hope Church as well as for many others in Luton and across the country.
For us a major factor enabling us to play our part has been the grants we have received from a number of different organisations to enable us to improve our facilities to help us serve the community. The largest grant was received from WREN, which gave us £45,000, this was added to by two other charities giving us £50,000 in total to upgrade our heating, electrical and PA system; purchase new chairs and introduce external signage and curtains. We have also received smaller grants totally £3,000 from Luton Borough Council which was used to equip our kitchen and to install storage in the basement.
With the refurbishment complete we have been able to serve the community through regular activities organised by the church such as a drop in on Monday and Wednesdays; a debt advice centre; various youth, students and twenties activities; courses for ourselves and the wider public as well as regular worship services. We have also been able to host other members of the community who use our facilities for language classes; weddings and funerals; games clubs; dance clubs, open mic nights and special events such as conferences.
It is a joy to see us being able to play our part at the centre of the vibrant Luton Community.