Beyond the Walls
Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is blessed by the churches that recruit mentoring groups and/or provide financial support. We’d like to share a profile of these churches in each of our e-newsletters and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown. This year Hopewell launched its tenth mentoring group – a milestone to be proud of! And one that’s in keeping with Hopewell’s spirit of community service.
Each year, Hopewell holds a “Beyond the Walls” capital campaign. This campaign doesn’t aim for a more beautiful building, but for a more beautiful church. Beyond the Walls raises over $200,000 a year, most of which goes to local, national and global missions. They also send congregation members out into the community and around the world to fulfill Christ’s commandment to love their neighbors.
Beyond the Walls is the brainchild of Senior Pastor Steve Morton and is run by a dedicated committee with able assistance from Deb Boyd, Director of Lay Ministries. Deb came to Hopewell in 2009 after a 35 year “hiatus” from the church and found herself overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. In her words, “I immediately joined a bible study and every volunteer group that would have me.” Before she knew it, she was being asked to coordinate Hopewell’s many ministries and eventually became Director of Lay Ministries. This power team drives an extraordinarily mission-focused culture, enthusiastically lived out by the entire congregation. Their vision is both local and global, supporting GoodWorks, The Well, Coatesville Kids to College, Safe Harbor, a Hurricane Sandy recovery project in Maryland, and community development projects in Haiti and South Africa.
Pastor Steve commented that “Beyond the Walls has become the heart of the church.” He reminded us of Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” His vision is to realize Christ’s commission to His disciples to “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” His vision, Deb’s passion, and the congregation’s joyful community service make Hopewell United Methodist Church a blessing to Bridge of Hope families and to every community touched by their commitment to service.