Letter to a Young ChurchThe Book of Philippianswith Fr. Mario Bergner, the Rev. Dr. Dave Currie & GuestsEach Sunday from September 9th to the start of Advent (December 2nd), we are studying Paul's letter to the Philippians. Like Hope Chapel, the church at Philippi was new community of faith learning to serve Christ in a world of competing religions. Click here to listen to each of the sermons.
Advent Movie Night"White Christmas" 6:30pm to 8:30pm@ The Bergner's Home3 Blaisdell Terrace, Ipswich, MASaturday, December 13, 2014Click here for DIRECTIONS
If you can't make it for the potluck at 5pm, just come to watch "White Christmas" at 6:30pm.
Advent PotluckDinner from 5pm to 6:30pm@ the Bergner's Home3 Blaisdell Terrace, Ipswich, MA 01938Saturday, December 13, 2014Click here for DIRECTIONS
Father Bergner will provide his special 'Currie Bisque' and 'Famous Meaty Chili'. Bring salads, sides, bread, cookies, desserts.
Hope 4 Young WomenSundays @ 9:15am in the Library at The Community HouseCome join us before a cozy fireplace. We have been slowly working through 'A Woman's Search for Worth' by Dr. Deborah Newman. Even if you don't own the book or have not read it, please come. All women of high school and college age are welcome (even if you don't attend Hope Chapel). For more information, please contact Katie Logemann by email by clicking here.
You may also telephone Katie @ 978.712.0409 for details.
Family Game Night @ The Russo's Friday, February 17Bring a treat to pass and invite your friends and neighbors. 7pm to 9pm Click here for Google DIRECTIONS
Get ready for the good old days, where families sat together at table, enjoyed dessert and played board games (replete with accusations of cheating). This is going to be big fun.
Heavenly Peace for a Weary WorldSaturday, November 29th, 2014 @ 10am to 11:30am@ Lynda Russo's home in Hamilton, MA. Click Here for Google DIRECTIONS
PLease RSVP below.Although the culture around us is frenzied with hurry, spending and holiday stress, we can prepare a place in our hearts and homes to receive the peace of Advent. Invite a friend to join the women of Hope Chapel as we make live Advent wreaths for the coming season. Nancy Bergner will share a short meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend and to give what they can toward the cost of materials ($12 for each boxwood wreath). Please walk through your garden or in the woods to collect a box of greens, berries and blossoms to share. Coffee, pastries and wreath materials are provided. Bring a friend, clippings of greens, berries and blossoms, and a cash or check to cover toward the cost of materials.Click Here to email a RSVP BY SUNDAY 23, Nov. to Nancy Bergner
in person at church, or leave a message or text her @ 978.471.8046 (we need to know how many supplies to buy)
Redeemed Lives - SABBATCIAL YEAR NOT MEETING DURING 2014-2015 -2015-15 RL will be open for applications on August 15th, 2015.Wednesday nights 7pm to 9:30pm from 14 October 2015 to 4 April 2016.RL is longterm pastoral care and discipleship for the cure of the soul for all people.Redeemed Lives (RL) is a pastoral care and discipleship course for the cure of the soul. It has proven effective in ministering grace and healing to all who desire to grow in their identity Jesus Christ. RL addresses a variety of personal wholeness issues such as establishing durable relationships, marital intimacy, emotional shutdown, debilitating isolation, anxious distress, pornography struggles and unwanted sexual attractions. For over twenty years, Redeemed Lives has been offered by various Christian churches and ministries who put their faith in Jesus Christ. To explore participation in RL, you need to fill out an application and be interviewed by Fr. Bergner and a Redeemed Lives team leader of your same gender. Because of the broad representation of human need that RL covers, the application ask some questions that may not apply to you, or may appear to be weighted heavily in the area of human sexuality. These questions are necessary for ascertaining if RL is indeed the right fit for each person's need, especially complex issues. Such questions insure that the applicant is indeed seeking help by their own free will without duress from the pressure of others. If you are interested in Redeemed Lives click here
to read more detailed information and submit an online application. After receiving your application, we will contact you to set up a pastoral care interview. All interviews are between October 7-11, 2013 and are held at the Hope Chapel offices in Ipswich, click here for Google directions.
Interviews last for no more than 30 minutes. After your interview, you will be notified by your choice of email or telephone on the status of your application. There is a financial cost for participation in RL that includes materials and tuition. However, no one is ever turned away because of inability to pay. The 2015-16 RL program will begin on Wednesday, 14 October and subsequent Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 is a mandatory day-retreat called The Shepherd’s Voice from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at a place to be determined depending on the size of our group. RL will break for two weeks between Christmas and New Year as well as for one week during Holy Week. Participant space is limited according to the small group leaders we have, therefore priority will be given to those who attend Hope Chapel and partner churches that provide leadership for our small groups. Please apply as soon as possible as Redeemed Lives tends to fill up.
OUR ARCHBISHOPPrimate of The Anglican Church in North AmericaArchbishop-Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America.Dr. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University. He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church.
OUR BISHOPThe Rt. Rev. William Murdoch (Bishop Bill) was appointed bishop of the Anglican Diocese in New England (click here for ADNE website
) in 2009 while serving as rector of All Saints Anglican Church in Amesbury, now the pro-Cathedral of our diocese. He is a visionary leader with missionary zeal who has charged the parishes of the ADNE with two central tasks.First, the Great Commandment, which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30Second, the Great Commission, which is to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt. 28:19Bishop Bill's leadership includes training clergy and lay leaders in the Alpha program and the renewal of the local church. He has served as an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Bishop Bill retreats with his wife Sally at their cottage in Maine, where together, they enjoy fishing, reading, and the company of their children and grandchildren. To contact the Bishop, email the ADNE office by clicking the little envelope icon in the lower left corner.
Series Two: FEAST DAYS and SPECIAL MESSAGES In this series you will find sermons by Fr. Bergner given on Feast Days, such as Christmas and Easter. Also here are anointed messages by the Drs. David and Susan Currie, our seminarian Josh Hicks, from Bishop Bill and other guest speakers who have blessed us with the Word of the Lord. To hear these sermons, click here.
Series One: TRANSFORMING LOVE - ROMANS The central message of Romans is "he or she who is justified by faith shall live." The first eight chapters explain with depth the meaning of the Gospel. The three middle chapters (9, 10 and 11) answers the question, "What about those who have a faith in God, but stumble over the Person of Jesus Christ?" In St.Paul's day this referred to faithful Jews. Today, we ask this of people of all faiths. The last five chapters answer, "How shall we then live?" To hear Fr. Bergner's expository sermons, click here.
PASTORAL MUSICIANWe are currently looking for a new pastoral musician.
repentdancePsalm 30:11-12 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. The dance ministry at Hope Chapel is led by Neesha Oliver, who several times a year gathers people to perform a special dance during one of our Feast Days, such as The Great Vigil of Easter or Pentecost (pictured above). Each dance is an orginal choreographed composition, full of beauty and meaning, using thoughtful gracious movements to speak what words and songs fail to communicate. Truly, to watch the Crucifixion or the giving of the Holy Spirit in arduous and swift motions set to music is to approach with greater depth these profound realities. To become involved in our next repentance offering, contact Neesha Oliver by email by clicking here.
HOPE 4 TEENSBig Fun Days With Randall RhodesRandall Rhodes is Hope Chapel's Mentored Ministry student from Gordon-Conwell, where he studies part-time. He holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. He leads this Hope Group of the middle school and high school students. Come 'Workout With Randall' at the Ipswich YMCA on Friday afternoons from 4pm to 5:30pm.
Sign-up! Want to make a soup? Bring a salad or a side dish? Email us at the Hope Chapel office, and we'll send you the recipe for the soups if you'd like to make one.Email the Hope Office by Clicking Here.
Advent Soup LunchSunday, 21 December 201411:15am to 12:15amImmediately after the Sunday ServiceStay after the service with your family and enjoy the peace of Advent with a comforting soup lunch featuring Fr. Mario's 'Currie Bisque' and 'Sante Fe Soup'.
THE VESTRY OF AN ANGLICAN CHURCH are elected from among the parish to serve alongside the Rector to guide us in all things temporal. They provide guidance in all decisions affecting our common life. They are the most immediate form of accountablity and support for our clergy second only to our Diocesan Bishop._______________________________________Father Mario Bergner, Chair of the Vestrymario@hopechapelma.org
978-350.0404As Chair of the Vestry, Father Mario sets the agenda for each monthly meeting, and in consultation with the Vestry and Treasurer, sets the budget.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Andrew Logemann, Junior Wardenalogemann@gmail.com
(978) 712-0409Andy and his wife, Katie, live in Wenham, MA and have three little girls, Megan, Emilie and Grace. He is an assistant professor of English at Gordon College. Andy is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois and af the University of Indiana, where he did his doctoral work._______________________________________________________Phyllis Hodge, Treasurerpjhodge47@yahoo.com
Phyllis has her own Lawn Care Company, located in Ipswich , MA. She is a great treasure_______________________________________________________Norm Hanna, Vestrynlhanna@comcast.net
Norm and his wife, Barb, have two grown son. Norm not only serves on the Vestry, but is a key leader on our Sunday morning set-up team.________________________________________________________Val Kuthevalkuthe@mindspring.com
Val is a licensed therapist and a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is also one of our Sunday morning prayer ministers and is Fr. Bergner's co-teacher for the Redeemed Lives Pastoral course.______________________________________________________________Kevin Whitekwhitemembershipbenefits@msn.com
Kevin is huband to Holly and father to Katie and Jessy. He is faithful Christian, loving husband and father and a respected business man.
HOPE CHAPEL OFFICE 174 High Street, #113Ipswich, MA 01938978.356.0404Click here for DIRECTIONS
TO OUR OFFICESUNDAY WORSHIP @ 10AMThe Community House of Hamilton & WenhamAcross from Patton Park at the corner of284 Bay Road (corner of1A and Asbury Street)South Hamilton, MA 01982Click here for DIRECTIONS
TO OUR SERVICE.Looking forward to hearing from you. We'll email you back during our office hours. If you have a pressing need, email Fr. Bergner by clicking here
, and he'll get back to within the day, unless he is out of town. In that case, he will still contact you as soon as possible, but will forward your request to one of our pastoral care givers. The Lord be with you!
SUNDAY WORSHIP'The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him." John 4:23We worship God using the Anglican liturgy with blended music styles integrating classical, hymns, jazz, original compositions and contemprary Christian music alongside expository preaching. Every Sunday is a collaborative effort of many teams of people so that we may behold the beauty of the LORD and meet His empowering Presence. Below find a list of the teams that serve each Sunday. The Worship Team, which is eager to audition new vocalists and instrumentalists. To find out more about joining this team, email Steve Kercher by clicking here.
Each week, we prayerfully put together a line-up to reflect our liturgical season, readings and blended worship styles.The Hospitality Team, which brews the coffee and provides refreshments for Coffee Hour following the service. To help out with this team, email the Hope Chapel office by clicking here.
The Altar Guild, who sets up of the altar. To learn more about this ministry, and possibly help out, email Fr. Mario by clcking here.
The Acolytes, both children and adults, who crucifer (carry the processional cross) and torches. To become part of this team, contact Fr. Bergner by clicking here to email him.
Chalice Bearers & Subdeadons are members of our leadership team who serve the communion cup during the Lord’s Supper. To become part of this team, contact Fr. Bergner by clicking here to email him.
Greeters and Ushers, who welcome people as they enter Hope Chapel, hand out bulletins, collect the offering and present the gifts at the start of The Holy Communion. To join this team, contact Bob Russo by clicking here to emall him.
Readers, who read the lectionary readings assigned for each service, as well as lead the Prayers of the People. To become part of this team, contact Fr. Mario by clicking here to email him.
Sunday School Teachers Nursery Attendants care for our little ones to ensure they too hear the word of the Lord and are blessed by God's loving presence. To help out in this most important ministry, contact the Fr. Mario by email by clicking here.
Prayer Ministers, who, at the end of the service, offer anointing with oil and petitions to the LORD for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. To find out more about this ministry, or to inquire about helping out, email Fr. Bergner by clicking here
MUSIC MINISTRYSing and make music from your heart to the Lord.Ephesians 5:19aThe music ministry at Hope Chapel is an integration of hymns and contemporary Christian music. Some of our music is original, such as the antiphons for Psalms, worship songs and liturgical music (the Gloria, the Alleluia before the Gospel reading and the Sanctus) are written by past and present members of our liturgical
team.We regularly add new members to our worship team, both vocalists and instrumentalist. To become involved in the music ministry at Hope Chapel, you must consider us your home church and be committed as a follower of Jesus Christ, seeking to live your life in accordance with the Holy Scripture.
OFFICE MANAGERRenee McCauley holds a Master's Degree in Theology from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She serves as a small group leader for Redeemed Lives (RL), and also on the missions team at RL. She is a member of The Harbor.
OUR RECTORFr. Mario Bergner is husband to Nancy and father to their five children. He is the founding rector of the Hope Chapel. Prior to serving at Hope Chapel, he was the Associate Rector of Christ Church in Hamilton-Wenham and Assistant Priest at Church of the Resurrection, in Wheaton Illinois. He is adjunct faculty for the University of the Nations (YWAM) in Geneva, Switzerland. Fr. Bergner also founded Redeemed Lives Ministries twenty-five years ago, which is a missionary organization that equips the church worldwide in pastoral care and defends the human rights of Christians. His published works include, Setting Love In Order (Baker Book) as well as a chaper for the Christian Educator's Handbook on Family Life (Baker Books). Additionally, he has publshed articles on pastoral care in Leadership Journal, The Living Church, Cornerstone Press and Good News Magazine. He holds holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Pennsylvania and is a PhD candidate at Trinity Theological College at the University of Bristol in England. To contact Fr. Bergner by email select the little envelope in the lower left corner.
Dear Friends, Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ our Lord. Welcome to Hope Chapel's webpage. In a world of business and stress, we invite you to enter our community to discover the richness of common faith in the Triune God, strength from His Spirit for the arduous journey of life and encouraging companions in faith who seek a deeper union with Jesus Christ. The primacy of God's transforming love is the central vision of both Hope Chapel and the Anglican Church in North America. Hope Chapel accentuates the special love Jesus holds for children and single parent families & all families. Likewise, we welcome singles, those with the gift of lifelong celibacy, empty nesters and the elderly valuing the richness a diverse faith community brings to us all. Please, come worship with us on Sunday morning at 1he Community House of Hamilton & Wenham located at the corner of Bay Road/!A and Asbury Street (click here for Google DIRECTIONS
). Each Sunday Hope Chapel offers a contemporary Anglican liturgy that blends music styles of classical, jazz, gospel, original compositions and current music alongside the great hymns of the Church. Our worship service is one hour and fifteen minutes long and includes a special program for children in grades two and below during the sermon time. This allows for parents of small children to focus on the Ministry of the Word of God without distraction. Our pulpit ministry is commited to expository preaching, meaning the goal of each sermon is to understand a biblical passage in its context and apply the timeless truths of the Holy Scripture for practical living. We share The Lord's Supper each Sunday (gluten free and non-alcoholic wine are available) and after receiving Holy Communion healing prayer is offered by mature Christian leaders who you may safely confide in. In response to your need, they will anoint you with holy oil and ask the Holy Spirit to bring His healing touch to your every need -- physical, spiritual or emotional. After the service we offer a family friendly coffee hour with lots of delicious treats for young and old. Hebrews 6:19a says, 'We have this hope an an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.' Jesus Christ is that anchor and in Him we hope, not only for eternity but also for right now. Through Him we have the continual offer of grace to be reconciled to God and others. With Him we have the companionship of God himself in both the joys and sorrows of life. In Jesus Christ we find union with God and a future oriented faith that includes a sense of joyful anticipation of what is still to come, inlcuding the promise of eternal life. Colossians 1:27 affirms this, 'Christ in us, the hope of glory.'At Hope Chapel we aim to minister as Jesus did. Matthew 9:35-36a tells us, 'Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them.' Here we see the compassionate love of Jesus as He exercises a threefold ministry of teaching, preaching and healing. Throughout the month we offer Hope Groups to teach us to live the Christian life (click here to
see the Hope Groups options in the purple Menu to the left). Each Sunday, we gather to worship the Triune God and to learn the truths of the Christian faith with transforming power to change lives for the better. It is in the preaching of the Gospel that we receive direction from God for following His Son Jesus in the way that leads to life. When the ministries of teaching and preaching are in their proper place, then the context for the Holy Spirit to move in healing power is provided. For that reason we offer healing prayer at all our services as well as the deep pastoral minstry of Redeemed Lives (click here to find out more
).Please come visit us at the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham at 10:00am on Sundays (click here for Google DIRECTIONS
) and you will be warmly welcomed by the our community and the love of God.May the grace of God fill you with empowering peace through Jesus Christ our Lord.In His Love,Fr. Mario Bergner+
PASTORAL CARE "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord."James 5:14Personal Prayer: After each Sunday service prayer ministers are available to discreetely pray for you with anointing with oil and the laying on of hands on your shoulders. Lay Eucharistic Visitors: If you are sick or homebound, members of the Hope Chapel will be happy to visit you and give you Holy Communion as well as offer to pray for your needs. If you are in need of a personal visit, email Fr. Bergner by clicking here.
Baptismal Preparation: When a person on his or her own accord becomes a Christian and asks to be baptized, then Fr. Bergner meets with them for three sessions of baptismal preparation. If the parents of an infant desire to have their child baptized, likewise they too meet with Fr. Bergner. In those three sessions, Fr. Bergner covers the antecedants to baptism in the Old Testament, the relationship between conversion and regeneration within the baptismal covernant, the teachings of John the Baptist and Jesus on baptism, and the order for Baptism in the Book of Common Prayer.Redeemed Lives: This twenty-six week course of pastoral care for the cure of the soul is offered annually, and takes applicants during the months of August and September. This course is available to all people, regardless of church attendance. Private Confessions are availablewith Fr. Bergner by appointment for anyone, regardless of attendance at Hope Chapel. Email him here to set up a time.
Pre-Marital Counseling is available for those who desire to be married at the Hope Chapel. One person in the partnership must be a regular attender of Hope Chapel. Fr. Bergner offers three session for each couple. This counseling must be completed before the wedding date. Marriage Care is available with Fr. Bergner for up to six sessions for regular attenders.Funerals and other special services are available on a need basis to all people.
HOPE 4 SOUTH HAMILTONStarting in October 2012Every other Friday from 6:30pm to 8:00pmEvening Prayer with Scripture ReflectionJoin with other “Southerners” (Hope Chapelers living in Hamilton/Wenham and below) to gather for Evening Prayer and Scripture Reflection with Dave & Sue Currie every-other Friday, beginnig again on March 2, 2012. Bring a dessert to share, a Bible, and a desire for the Word of Christ to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16). Beverages and childcare will be provided.We’ll meet at the Curries’ home (300 Willow Street, Unit 1 in the Hamilton Place Condominiums) click here for Google DIRECTIONS
. Park in the Patton Park parking lot near the tennis courts across from the Hamilton Community House. Enter the Hamilton Park Condominiums through the gate in the grey fence at the corner of Willow and Asbury Streets. Unit 1 is the closest one, on your right after you’ve entered the gate.We’ll reevaluate at our last meeting if we sense the Lord wants us to continue beyond this fall. No previous Bible study experience is necessary. We’ll be reflecting on the passage that Mario preached on the week before, so we’ll have some familiarity with what’s going on. We’ll be adapting an ancient spiritual practice called lectio divina that seeks to immerse us in a section of God’s Word in a way that transforms not only our heads, but our hearts and lives –as we grow in praying the Scriptures for and with one another.As Hope Chapel continues to grow larger, drawing more people from a broader area, it is important to also continue to grow deeper through the development of regional and other gatherings like this. For more information, contact Dave or Sue: 978-468-1817; email Dave by clicking here
or email Sue by clicking here
HOPE 4 MEN: 'The Measure of a Man' (book study)For Men, Fathers and Young Men Over 13One Saturday morning per month, 8am to 9:30am.South Hamilton @ Dave Currie's house Facilitated by Bob EbersoleIn this revised edition of the best-selling book The Measure of a Man, Gene Getz delivers the newly enhanced message of what it takes to be a man of God. Men will gain encouragement for what they can be in Christ—as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men. Since 1974, The Measure of a Man has taught hundreds of thousands of men around the world how to live according to God’s direction—faithfully, lovingly and spiritually. True masculinity is not measured by a man’s strength, but by these 20 biblical guidelines. Book available for purchase on site for $10. Click here for Google DIRECTIONS
to Dave's house.
HOPE 4 WOMENSupper, Sharing Prayer1st Monday each month6pm to 8:30pm Various Hope Chapel homesThis Hope Group gathers one Monday month for dinner at 6:00pm, then spends time in heart to heart sharings and prayer. It is a wonderful opportunity to go deeper into God’s presemce and find companions for life's journey to share in joys and sorrows. At times we do something altogether different, such as when we make Advent wreaths for our homes.
CHILDREN "Behold, children are a gift from the LORD."Psalm 123:7Infants and Toddlers: Babies and toddlers are welcome to worship with their parents for the entire service. Seedlings: is our sermon time ministry for children through grade two. These children will follow the banner after our gospel reading for a bible story and activity. They return at the Peace to join their families for Communion. School Age Children: Our service is designed to appeal to all generations. Therefore, we ask that children in grade three and above remain in the sanctuary to participate in the service.Nancy Bergner directs our ministry to children grades six and below. She is the mother of five children, some of which she has homeschooled and our Rector, Fr. Mario, is her husband. If you have questions about our ministry to children, or want to get invovled, click here to email her.
Raising Your Family on Boston's North Shore"Raise up a child in the way he should go..." Envisioning how to parent in this seemingly difficult society is a daunting task. Children are members of our community and at the Anglican Chapel we desire to support parents as we raise our children to be the light of Christ in this world. Our goal is to raise Biblically literate children, who can address the moral issues of our day without being judgmental, but holding securely to the standards of Christian living, commended in the Gospel.Here, we want to help you connect to the life of the church and help you find ministries in which to grow and serve as parents and as a family. In addition, we want to share practical resources to help you find your way, not just with our favorite pediatricians, playgrounds and sports teams, but also with practical teaching on how to raise and empower our children as good Christians. We want to encourage and support you as you honor God's plan for your family by living well in our communities that He loves.
PARENTING"Raise up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it."Proverbs 22:6 Envisioning how to parent in this seemingly difficult society is a daunting task. Children are members of our community and at Hope Chapel we desire to support parents as we raise our children to be the light of Christ in this world. Our goal is to raise Biblically literate children, who can address the moral issues of our day without being judgmental, but holding securely to the standards of Christian living, commended in the Gospel.Here, we want to help you connect to the life of the church and help you find ministries in which to grow and serve as parents and as a family. In addition, we want to share practical resources to help you find your way, not just with our favorite pediatricians, playgrounds and sports teams, but also with practical teaching on how to raise and empower our children as good Christians. We want to encourage and support you as you honor God's plan for your family by living well in our communities that He loves.
Our Youth Ministry consists of book studies for young men and women in Middle School and High School, as well as recreational activities.
Mark & Betsy Retallack, Pastoral Musiciansmarkretallack@verizon.net firstname.lastname@example.org Mark and Betsy both graduated from Houghton College and then went on to study both formally and informally through Berklee College of Music. With a jazz and classical background and a passion for gospel music they bring to the worship setting an openness to many genres of musical experiences. Having served in previous church settings with their music they bring to the Anglican Chapel a fresh offering in this rich liturgical setting. Mark's expertise in piano, arranging, sound systems and composing brings to the Anglican Chapel a creative edge where he serves as a conduit of the Holy Spirit's inspiration. Betsy's long experience with singing and teaching gives to the Chapel the voice needed to lead people into a deeper place in worship and give space for God's healing touch. With her experience with children she brings the joy of including the children into the worship experience with their varied musical talents and offerings. Mark and Betsy reside in Beverly, Mass.
VALUES AND DOCTRINE Here you will find the guiding principles of Hope Chapel. Under Core Values you will see we hold the Holy Scripture, our communities and each other with the highest regard. Under Doctrinal Foundations you will read of the Biblical, historic and theological realities that guide our Christian faith as expressed in the Anglican Way. We are evangelical, catholic and quietly employ all the gifts of the Holy Spirit without drawing attention to them or the person through whom they manifest.CORE VALUESTHE HOLY SCRIPTURE as the Word of God given and revealed to us to guide us into all truth and reality.VIBRANT WORSHIP with a focus on God that is transcendent as well as inhabited by the Presence of the Holy Spirit.MISSIONAL OUTREACH to bring the transforming love of God revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, first to our neighbor then to all the world.COMMON LIFE as the body of Christ here on earth, we are to become a community of faith. We aim to support each other in good times and bad with the merciful love of Jesus.CHILDREN as precious blessings from God. "The child is the gift of God in the world," as Mother Theresa said. Our goal is to raise our chidlren to be loving, non-judgmental, Biblically grounded Christians who carry their faith with love, humiltiy and confidence.THE ELDERLY who gift us with the wisdom of their years.SINGLE PARENTS have an enormous task in this day, and Hope Chapel is here to support you in this noble call to raise little ones to love God and witness to His goodness in this world.SINGLES as those who are called to a life of abstinence or celibacy, with a focus on Jesus and are to be welcomed into a special place within families.THE POOR AND UNDERSERVED who Jesus himself singled out as deserving special treatment full of mercy, kindness, justice and love.DOCTRINAL FOUNDATIONS Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of salvation for everyone who believes. HISTORIC ANGLICANISM: As a member parish of the Anglican Church in North America (click here for ACNA website
) in the Anglican Diocese of New England (click here for ADNE website)
, we affirm our faith in Anglican Christianity as grounded in the Holy Scriptures and summarized in the three historic Creeds (Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian). As Anglicans we give ascent to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the English Reformation (click here to read them
) and the reformed catholicism of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (click here to read it
). We recognize the authority of the Jerusalem Declaration of the Gobal Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem 2008 (click here
to read it). In doing so, we proclaim our solidarity with the majority of the Global Anglican Communion and all Christians worldwide who proclaim Jesus as the Savior of the world. Therefore, we reaffirm the following beliefs:THE HOLY TRINITY: The one God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and has so revealed Himself to us in Scripture.THE UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ, God incarnate, fully human and fully divine, by reason of His birth of the Virgin Mary, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension and kingly reign both now and eternally, is the only Mediator between God and humanity.THE HOLY SCRIPTURE: The canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are trustworthy as 'God’s Word written,' sufficiently teach God’s will for His world, and have supreme authority for faith, life, and the continuous renewal and reform of the Church. They are inspired, infallible, and 'contain all things necessary for salvation. For a free online variety of authorized versions of the Holy Scripture, click here.
JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION: Repenting and believing sinners, empowered by grace, are (i) justified through faith alone by God’s gracious act of declaring us righteous on the ground of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and rose again for us; and (ii) sanctified and empowered by the gracious, continuing activity of the Holy Spirit who perfects our repentance, nurtures the new life implanted within us, transforms us into Christ’s image, and enables us to do good works in the world.THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The Church is the Body of Christ and evidence of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Its members belong to Christ's new humanity and are called and sent to live in the world in the power of the Spirit, worshipping God, confessing His truth, proclaiming the Good News of Christ, supporting one another in love, and giving themselves in sacrificial service to others, especially those in need. Its great mission is to make disciples of all nations and peoples.SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND MINISTRY: All Christians, men and women alike, are called to exercise their God-given gifts to work, witness and suffer for Christ. The particular call of ordained ministers is to preach, teach and provide leadership and pastoral care to equip God's people for His service and present them mature in Christ.THE SACRAMENTS: The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are the two chief sacraments of the Church. They are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace given to us and ordained by Christ himself as agencies of empowering grace for Holy Living.THE RETURN OF CHRIST: Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally return in glory at the end of this age for the resurrection of the dead, where He, who died on the Cross for all will in His mercy judge all people, for the glorification of His Church and for the renewal of the whole Creation. The comfort we embrace as we think of the final judgement is that the One who died for our sins is the same One who will judge us. But judgement has not come, not just yet. We live in the age of grace, where 'who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life' (John 3:16). This is a universal call to all people of all ages to put thier trust in Jesus. On that final day, Christians of all time shall know, with the 20/20 vision of hindsight, that we were chosen from the foundation of the world to belong to the Chosen One, Jesus Our Lord.
HOPE CHAPEL Come worship with us @ 10am on Sundays@ The Community House of Hamilton & WenhamAt the corner of Bay Road/1A and Asbury StreetWELCOME DIRECTIONS
When you reach the Google Maps page, select 'Get Directions' and type in your home address. Then select 'Get Directions' for a second time. A step by step map will appear to guide you to our service location. We look forward to meeting you! We are currently meeting in South Hamilton, having been warmly invited to rent space at The Community House. Our target location for a permanent church home is, however, Ipswich, where more than half of our families live. Ipswich holds a special place in the history of Christianity in America. It was here that the Rev. John Wise stopped the superstitiion of the Salem Witch Trials, stood on the Choate Bridge with his congregation beside him (the oldest stone bridge in the USA) and did not allow that frenzy into our town. George Whitfield preached here during the Great Awakening and Ipswich is known for nearly 400 years of continuous unbroken faith in the Triune God.Ipswich has more 'first period houses' (1625-1725 ) than any other town in America. It offers a River Walk with stunning water fall, Crane Beach, Marty's Donut shop, Zumi's coffee shop as well as many delicious ethnic restaurants. The citizens of Ipswich are sweet and welcoming. Stay after church and enjoy this charming New England town and all it has to offer.
Core Values•Preach the Gospel of transforming love for all people.•We are multigenerational Christians who bear witness to the transforming power of God's love.•Children are our priority and our goal is to form them to be Biblically rooted, loving, non-judgmental Christians who know the person of Jesus Christ.•We value and embrace the singles in our community, recognizing the unique contributions they bring to our family.•We honor our seniors, seeking their voice and wisdom.•We are committed to creation care.•We follow the compassionate example of Jesus by reaching out to the poor and the marginalized.
CONTEMPORARY ANGLICAN LITURGYEach Sunday we begin worship at 10:00am at The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham(click here for Google DIRECTIONS
). We worship the Lord Jesus in word and sacrament, in Spirit and in truth, employing the Anglican liturgy in today's language. Our pulpit ministry is primarily expositions of Biblical passages, and our prayer ministry during the service includes a quiet usage of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We blend music styles for our service to include great hymns, classical, jazz, gospel, new compostions and current songs. We utilize the calendar of Christian liturgical seasons, which begins each year on the first Sunday in Advent (late November or early December), followed by Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. For each of these seasons, the colors at the altar change to symbolize a particular feature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Blue or Purple for Advent is a symbol of hope and of the Kingship of Jesus.White or Gold for Christmas, Epiphany, The Great Vigil of Easter, Easter as well as special feast days of The Baptism of Jesus, The Transfiguration, Holy Trinity, Christ the King, Baptisms, Weddnings and Funerals along with lesser feasts to symbolize purity, eternity and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.Red on Palm Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, Days of Holy Week (purple may also be used) and rememberances of Martyrs to symbolize sacrifice and the blood of Christ Jesus shed for us.Green symbolizes growth, for Sundays after Epiphany and also for all the Sundays following Pentecost representing the activity fo the Holy Spirit causing growth in the Church and growth in the individual Christian to become more like Christ.Purple for days of Holy Week (red may also be used) and Lent as a color of solemnity as Jesus laid down His life for us and for our repentance.Black on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday to symoblize death, especially the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, biut also of the dust of the earth which we return to before we are resurrected to give an account of our lives before Jesus, who is both Redeemer and Judge of all humanity.Holy Communion is offered to all baptized Christians who desire to follow Jesus with all their heart. Come, let us worship the Lord together.
Sunday Service 10am @ The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham DIRECTIONS
Bringing all people into the transforming love of Jesus Christ.The Anglican Church in North AmericaA Mission Parish of The Anglican Diocese in New England
Sunday Service @ 10am to 11:15amThe Community House of Hamilton & Wenham284 Bay Road (corner of 1A & Asbury Street)S. Hamilton, MA 01982 DIRECTIONS