Ever wanted to learn something? Hope Groups has made it happen for hundreds of people! From building a computer, learning Spanish, operating a DSLR camera, playing an instrument, acing a job interview, living a healthy life, growing in your spiritual life, learning to double dutch, photoshop, and so much more than you can imagine! I posted my article Growth Groups three years ago explaining the different classes offered by facilitators from HopeNYC! After three years, things has immensely improved! The name is changed to Hope Groups! Registration is also super simple and swift because it’s online! There are also new facilitators and classes every semester!
I have taken a healthier approach this semester and decided to join two health and wellness hope groups! From the short time I’ve been there, its been totally eye-opening, exciting, interesting and informative! One is taught by an actual physician and the other is taught by a phenomenal woman who has conquered the most challenging weight-loss obstacles many women face today! All the facilitators are highly skilled and passionate about what they teach! At the end of every semester, The Hope Groups ministry has always asked this question: What classes do you want to see next semester? My readers, What do you want to learn?
Easter Sunday! What a bright & sunny morning. The birds are chirping & the weather is warm. Most importantly! The Son has risen! What a fabulous day to dress up into a fancy suit or a floral dress. Such a magnificent morning to acknowledge Jesus & to go to church! After all you are filled with gladness & you are excited to hear that message!
So, you’re on your way to HopeNYC & finally you arrive! The first thing you see are the lovely girls dancing outside on the platform. Bright smiles, vibrant colors, golden make up, It really feels like Easter!
Going to church seems like a good idea, until you climb the stairs to find a boy sitting at the top dressed completely in black covered in ropes. His shirt says MISERY & his gloom grabs your attention.
You walk away wondering what his deal was & all of a sudden, an angry man charges right at you with a snarl but luckily he was tied up. Whats his deal? I don’t know but his shirt says ANGER.
You thought you got away from these maniacs but you gotta pass the metal fence before you get to the door of the church. All of a sudden you notice that you are being starred down by a girl with disconetent in her face. Her shirt says HATE.
You try walking away then another girl in ropes stands nearby. She actually runs frantic as she paces the floor in panic. Her shirt says FEAR.
You’ve finally made it inside. It’s all normal now. You just need to walk up the stairs & make it to the sancuary to grab yourself a seat. Maybe notify an usher to get rid of the loons hanging outside. All of a sudden DEPRESSION blocks your way up! She hides her face with her hair as she pities every piece of her life.
You ask yourself is it still Easter? Where are the colors? Where are the crosses? Where is the joy? You finally make it up to the beautiful & holy sancuary & then feel safe again. It is not to your surprise that it is already packed with people. In fact it is a full dark house. Where is the light? The place is dimmly lit! All of a sudden you hear whispers. You may or may not be eavesdropping but you can’t help but to hear mulpile conversations going on in the room. Conversations touching different topics like money, love, depression, death, stress, cancer, healing, faith, blessings, deliverance, miracles & more. Who is talking? By now, you think you’ve gone crazy because you hear voices. Well, You are not crazy! We all hear it! The voices were actually recorded by the young adults of HopeNYC (LIFT OFF) & their conversations were being played out loud on the speakers. Why? to scare? No to minister.
(I wish I can attach the mp3 audio file of the voices here but I need to have Premium account to do so)
As the voices stopped the service started. All of sudden, sounds began to play & a great voice began to speak, the lights came on at the command of that voice. The service was moving, startling & beautiful. It was assuring that everyone sitting on a chair that morning was at the right place at the right time.Throughout the service, there were light shows, videos, spoken words, dances & 10 min sermons. On stage the screen gave an imax-like experience & it showed beautiful images of the galaxy & gorgouse views of the NYC skyline. This was a HopeNYC service like never before! It all revolved around one simple question: How Big is Our God?
He is so big that His hand spans the universe.
He is so big that He can set everyone free! Remember MISERY, FEAR, ANGER, HATE & DEPRESSION?
God is so big that He assembles angels as the warriors of His mighty undefeatable army.
God is so big that every knee shall bow & every tounge will confess that He is Lord. Everyone on, above & beneath the Earth.
God is so big that words can’t describe Him.
God is so big that you can never stop making music for Him. You can always sing Him your own song.
God is so big that His burial & ressurection is known & celebrated worldwide.
God is so big that we can’t make a sound loud enough even if our voices united!
Now, there is another question: Why would The Big God of the universe want a relationship with us? It is just mind-blogging yet so simple. His love for You is bigger than you know!
If you want to see more photos of HopeNYC’s Easter service Go to HopeNYC’s Official Facebook Page & find the Easter Sunday! album right on the timeline or in photos. Also go to this page to find out what’s happening next at Hope!
Sunday Services -10:30am
Prayer & Deliverance Service (GOOD STUFF) – Wenesday night at 7pm
Teen service – Friday Night @ 7:30pm
There’s a famous saying we use often at HopeNYC!
“The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing.”
As I mentioned in my recent post The Body, Growth Groups has started! There are many cool growth groups here ranging from from Chinese cooking to bowling, cosmetology, hairstyling, leadership, baking, music, bible groups & much much more!
Many of these groups were held today in different parts of the church building. I was excited to enter church on a bright Saturday morning. I loved the mood of the place. People interacting, drinking coffee, laying out their pens with lovely stationary items ready for note taking. I walked into my growth group today & saw a table of goodies. Hot chocolate, bagels, a variety of donuts, blueberry muffins, yummy pastries, and different cream cheese spreads. I was in a bible class and it was so much fun. There were pictures, prizes, amazing history, laughs, and very interesting discussions. The food could not satisfy my hunger for more wisdom from this teaching. I am already excited for next Saturday’s class. As it ended, I left my seat and wandered around. Through a big clear window on the same floor, I glanced over at the cosmetology class. I saw two girls each wearing a fresh moist green mask over their faces. It looked like so much fun & the girls got a free facial. I walked past another room and heard all the voices behind the door singing as a choir while a guitar strummed the chords of their song. (It was not a music class, it was actually a group called True Worship) On the way out, I saw my friend on his laptop finalizing material to teach his class. Next to him sat a large bag filled with stacked boxes of Popeye’s fried chicken for the group’s lunch (They’re so lucky) I caught a bus then rode the train home. For the next two hours of traveling (Yes I travel that far) I kept my head buried into a novel I had gotten from my group. Not only I had received an excitement to learn but an excitement to grow.