Views from the Pews: Hope Whitby

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So nearly three years ago, Bec and I walked into Sanders Yard cafe to put our idea of the Hub to the owner, fully aware that this was our first choice and we may be looking for a venue for some time.

However, to our joy, the owner said “Why not? We’ll give it a go and see what happens” and here we are still going strong. We would like to thank all the staff at Sanders Yard.

So, what exactly is the Hope Hub? In a nut shell, it a music event with a short talk that has Christian influences.

The music is a mix of popular secular music. This can be anything from The Beatles to The Arctic Monkeys and anything in between. This has been played by local artists, the majority coming from Caedmon College. There is also some modern Christian music played by various artists and the surprising thing is that most of the people who are not ‘church goers’ will say how much they like it.

The talks are short and snappy. These can be people’s life stories or sometimes we look at relevant things that are going on in the world or ethical topics.

The bar at Sanders Yard is open as normal, so there are hot drinks and scrumptious cakes but also wines and beers on sale.

The event is free and a wide range of people attend from kids to the elderly, from church or non church backgrounds, and even those who’ve been put off church for various reasons.

So who organises the Hope Hub? That would be Hope Whitby. We are a Missional Community. This basically means that we are a bunch of people, from all backgrounds, ages and genders, who have a purpose to love each other.

I know, it sounds very hippyfied. I’ve even gone from a shaker to a hugger! But seriously, Jesus said: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” This is our mission.

I hear you say: “Yes but it sounds like church.” And I’d ask what is church to you? Because the church is not the bricks, it’s the people. Jesus commented on this by saying: “Where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

We meet as small groups all over Whitby, in houses, pubs and cafes. There are plenty of churches that meet on a Sunday in a specific building too. I would encourage you to find the one that suits you best and has the love of Jesus and the gospel message at the centre.

The Hope Hub is held on the third Friday of the month at Sanders Yard Cafe from 7.20pm. We also have #Gathering on the first Thursday of the month at St John’s Baxtergate from 7pm.

Email hopewhitby@hotmail.co.uk or get in touch via social media for more details.