Sunday Morning WorshipSunday Morning Worship
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. ~ Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
Every believer is called to worship and leading others into God’s presence is a responsibility our Worship Ministry takes very seriously. It is not a "hobby" or something we do because we like to perform. God is the center of our attention.
Living Hope gathers for worship. There is no other good reason for us to gather than to meet with Him. If God is not our focus, we could easily become ritualistic or merely social. But with Him at the center of our time together, we are filled with Life and are able to share that Life with those around us. Worship is not a monologue. It’s not just telling God what we think of Him. Nor is it giving Him a ‘laundry list’ of what we want from Him. Praise and worship begin a spiritual dialog with the God of the Universe during which He breathes his Life into our hearts and minds, and continues the work of conforming us into His image. As we engage in this wonderful conversation, God speaks to us and shares His heart, through the words and music, through Scripture that is read, and through the work of his Holy Spirit.
Mission PossibleMission Possible
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and don’t try to stop them! People who are like these children belong to God’s kingdom.” - Matthew 19:14 (CEV)
Then he said: "I promise you this. If you don’t change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. But if you are as humble as this child, you are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18: 3-4 (CEV)
Many of us have heard, "The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow." But Jesus sees children and youth as an integral part of the church. Children can teach us to be honest with ourselves, to trust, to live life fully, to live today, with no worry of tomorrow. These are the qualities that Jesus saw in the children who were brought to Him. And these are qualities we see and affirm at Living Hope.
In all of our children and youth programming, we encourage children to use their curiosity, energy, imagination, and love of learning to grow in their understanding of God, explore what it means to follow Jesus, and to learn how to love their neighbor.
"Do not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth!!." John 3:18
Mission Do is a multi-generational group of servers. We seek to serve God through a variety of mission projects which show love in action to our church, our neighborhood, the nation, and the world. Puppets, Bible stories, songs and scripture are used to teach the children and youth to love God and our neighbors.
On the third Sunday of the month, the children lead the congregation in a Mission activity as part of the worship service. This has included activities like assembling and distributing sack lunches for local homeless people, writing encouraging notes to prisoners, sending uplifting cards to missionaries, collecting clothes and school supplies and packing them in backpacks for children at our neighborhood elementary school, and more.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14
Our Nursery Ministry is designed to provide a welcoming, nurturing atmosphere for nursery age children of our members and visitors, which honors the Lord and supports the parents in the care of their children, in a consistently safe, clean and wholesome facility with a caring, screened, qualified, and motivated nursery staff.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12
Our youth are not the future of the church, our youth are the church. We support the spiritual growth of our youth through a variety of activities which include Bible study sessions, fun games like laser tag and bowling, and confirmation. The youth give back to our congregation by providing leadership to our youngest members during children’s church.
Bible Studies & Small GroupsBible Studies & Small Groups
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
There is never enough time on a Sunday morning to connect on a deep level with others. For this reason, we at Living Hope encourage everyone to join a small group or Bible Study. During these smaller meetings, there is an opportunity for deeper Bible study, more personal application, and discussion of topics often gaining an understanding from a wide variety of life experiences. Most importantly, we gain a close knit group of people willing to live life with each other, encourage each other, serve with each other, and lift each other up in times of need.
There are a variety of small group options at this time, including:
Building CommunityBuilding Community
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. - Luke 24:15
The Ministry of Building Community provides opportunities for our congregation to gather together regularly, in an informal environment. Getting to know each other better allows us to make deeper spiritual connections which, in turn, allow us to support each other in our walk with God.
Following service every Sunday, we gather for a special time to drink coffee/tea/lemonade, eat a few treats, and catch up with each other.
Care MinistryCare Ministry
The Care Ministry Team serves the members of Living Hope Covenant church by providing short-term assistance based on an individual or family's needs. Some examples include providing meals for our disabled members, shut-ins, those recovering from surgery, families coping with a hospitalized family member, and grieving families. Transportation may be provided for those who are unable to drive, or need short-term assistance with shopping or follow-up doctors' appointments. Hospital visits, cards of encouragement, and prayer support are additional ways our Care Team supports Living Hope.
GO TeamGO Team
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8: 37-39
We glorify God by serving each other. The GO Team encourages everyone at Living Hope to become involved in some kind of mission or outreach. In addition to the Mission In Motion Sunday each month, the team presents several options to serve on a mission team.
Want to start close to home? There are a number of neighborhood opportunities.
Want to spread your wings a little wider than Colorado Springs? Join weekend mission within a half day's drive.
Are you ready to jump into an international adventure? There are several excellent options, and a variety of continents to choose from.
Men MinistriesMen Ministries
Do you want to know who is in the "Scuffle" of life with you? Men's Ministry is a combination of accountability, Bible study and service. We invite men of any age to join us. We recognize the strength in Men encouraging Men, not only peer to peer, but also intergenerationally.
Health MinistryHealth Ministry
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Health Ministry is the intentional integration of a person’s faith and health. At Living Hope Covenant Church, we encourage our church family and surrounding community to use the services and ministry of our personal medical providers. We also point people to the wide variety of community resources to the Colorado Springs’ population.
We give our time as a Health Ministry team, to people who need help and encouragement, as a gift of worship to Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Great Physician.
Are you or a loved one preparing for recovery after hospitalization and are in need of medical equipment? Please let us know of your need, because we might be able to help!
Commonly provided items include crutches, raised toilet seats, bathtub grab bars, walkers, and knee walkers.
We accept gifts of gently used medical equipment that are cleaned up and loaned to people who have similar needs. if you have a need to use a piece of equipment for a period of time, please contact us.
Are you facing an illness, a time of high stress, or grieving a loved one?
Maybe you want to celebrate someone special who is retiring, getting married, or is expecting (including adopting) a child.
Prayer shawls and lap robes are handmade to provide comfort and solace to those in need, as well as encouragement to those celebrating a joyful life change. The creator prays over each piece throughout the process of its creation.
Shawls and lap robes are given to those preparing for and recovering from a medical procedure, as a comfort after a loss or in times of great stress, when coping with an chronic illness like cancer, or are moving away from close friends and family. They are a wonderful gift for joyful celebrations such as retirement, a new child, a new job, and marriage.
Please let us know if you’d like to knit/crochet a shawl or sew a lap throw to be given as a gift.
Prayer MinistryPrayer Ministry
"My house shall be called a house of prayer." Matthew 21:13
The Prayer Ministry at Living Hope stands in the gap for our brothers and sisters in Christ, our local community, our state, our country and the world. We meet regularly for prayer at different times during the week for intercessory prayer and we provide an alter prayer ministry after our Sunday morning service for anyone who wishes personalized prayer. We respect individuals' privacy and keep all personal prayers confidential.
Women MinistriesWomen Ministries
The Living Hope Women's Ministry exists:
- To serve women in the name of Jesus.
- To create opportunities for women of all ages and in all stages of the Christian walk to study and learn together.
- To fellowship with each other and to serve other women inside and outside the church building.
- To host a variety of events that will appeal to different age groups and interests.
- To ensure that all activities promote and encourage each woman's relationship with God, other Christian women and her community.
We are a collection site for Restore Innocence, a local organization working to end human trafficking. We partner with them to pack restoration bags, which are filled with specific clothing and hygiene items, and are given to rescued victims of human trafficking by the FBI and police departments both here in Colorado and across the U.S.
Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Each year our Drama department helps us celebrate the resurrection with a performance on Easter Sunday and oversees a family friendly Christmas service with on-the-spot participation from adults and children in attendance. The incorporation of performing arts in worship services communicates the gospel in unique ways.
The use of original dramas, visual expressions, and a variety of unusual presentations the Drama Team brings life to our church. Whether it's a big event like Christmas or Easter, or smaller vignettes during the service our aim is to glorify Christ and enhance the telling of the gospel. Our Drama Director invites you to be a part of the creativity. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you're a beginner we'll start you with a smaller part...maybe even one that doesn't require speaking. To be included in future casting see the Drama Director.
Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Living Hope has a large number of creative people in our midst. Very few would refer to themselves as artists, and we are always pleasantly surprised by their work.
In 2016 and 2017, we hosted an Art Show during Holy Week which featured pieces created by members of our congregation. Submissions included paintings, pen and ink drawings, Lego art, sculpture, diorama, sketches, leather work, etched wood, and photography. Artists ranged from 5 to 85.