A Few 50s Facts To Know Before Saturday’s Sock Hop!

Have you heard about the Sock Hop? Get your swing on This Saturday at HopeNYC starting at 6pm! There will be competitions, prizes, food and dancing the entire evening!

The Cause

Get your tickets!

$10 for adults!

$5 for children under 10 years old

Proceeds goes towards praise and worship garments for the dance ministry.

What You Need To Know!

What is a Sock Hop?

A Sock Hop was a dance event held for teenagers where they danced in their socks to avoid scratching the wooden gym floor with their shoes.

What dances were popular?

What did they wear?

This familiar Disney channel throwback shows some attire in this 50s themed episode- https://youtu.be/3AcGjhjwnfc

Notice the high waist, belt, knee length, bottoms and short sleeves top

Sunglasses, stud earrings and tie-on head pieces seemed to be the thing! They sure did wear HATS

Men wore jackets 🧥

ust a few of the many facts about the 50s! TODAY, HopeNYC’s Dance Ministry is accomplishing so much and I hope many of you will support the Sock Hop! Kids are learning how to dance every Friday and worship deeper! Men, women, adults and children are

dancing every Sunday and creating an atmosphere of worship at the front of the altar during service.

Photos and info found on Pinterest and google!

Find HopeNYC service times, directions, and info from http://www.HopeNYC.com!


What Makes This Easter Different?

Grab a coffee from Compass! Make your way upstairs and have your seat! Show control is taking over this Easter Sunday at HopeNYC!

Before you panic! The show is done as a great expression of worship! This production was carefully planned and put together to express the wonderful person of Jesus and show what He has done for the world! It’s going to be a broadway style production! Spectacular lights, sounds, live dancing, great music and more!


HopeNYC celebrates being 10 years old! The first service in our current building was on an Easter Sunday which calls for a celebration 🎉

There are wonderful surprises in store for ALL GUESTS! 🎁

Special shout to Ryan Ragbir for directing an amazing show each year with divinely downloaded ideas 💡

You don’t want to miss this Easter Experience about the Crown, Cross and, Nails! Oh it will be different!

Before Easter!

HopeNYC has two amazing events leading up to Easter service! Check out my two previous blog posts for more info on these!

Good Friday


What’s your costume this year?

Are you thrilled about next Tuesday? We’re going to celebrate and the kids are going to have a blast! Every October! Many of us at HopeNYC look forward to it:


Bring your children and dress them up for this fun occasion! The adults enjoy dressing up too! There are fantastic prizes for the best costumes and sweet treats for everyone! Come dressed up as anything lighthearted, good, not wicked and very creative!

Chase is on the case!
Beautiful Princess of the Nile!
Steve Urkel!
A costume that brings smiles!
Nothing beats being king!
yah man!
Being the salt and light in the world
A lady bug that landed on a beautiful flower!
DJ Mark Xclusive costume!
Sailing and setting the trend in this costume fashion show!
What a wild idea! Cute!
On his Journey!
Split down the runway!
Captain America!
Beautiful Princess
Moses with the commandments written on tablets of stone!
There were many many many minions!




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Don’t Bring Gifts To This Birthday Party!

This weekend, you are invited to one of the greatest birthday celebrations in New York! This Sunday is not going to be ordinary. Compass Coffee turns two years old and this birthday has been incredibly and carefully planned.

Compass is a Missions coffee shop that was created to help people in other countries get clean drinking water and rescue girls out of human trafficking through its partnership with The Zion project!


We will hear from the actual founder of the Zion Project: Pastor Deven Wallace. We will see her live and she will be preaching THIS Sunday at 10:30am at HopeNYC. Right after service, Compass will actually be giving you presents 🎁 as we celebrate this birthday! There will ALSO be special surprises for people who purchase a cup of coffee, dessert or item that day!

The fact that Pastor Deven will be at HopeNYC on Compass’ Birthday is not a coincidence or luck but this was indeed a divine appointment set up by God. In fact, Compass is a divine idea founded to help others and it will continue it’s mission even stronger as it steps into it’s second year! Read more about the MISSION here

Address for HopeNYC Church & Compass:

142-82 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica NY 11414




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Let’s Fly to Hawaii Tomorrow ✈️ 

Yes tomorrow! I am aware that there may not be much time to pack but bringing one festive outfit will do! There’s a fantastic Luau tomorrow at sunset that we must get ready for! 

We are not going to JFK airport but we are heading in that direction! We’re stopping somewhere approximately five minutes away! In fact! That’s where we’ll be flying ✈️ 

You are invited to a LUAU at Compass Coffee tomorrow night at 7pm! Search for a breezy camp shirt, grass skirt, floral dress and tropical wear because it’s Hawaiian attire! Every Friday this summer, Compass has hosted fun-filled special themed events after their closing time! Remember my past posts on Endless Summer nights? Reggae Night Part 2  Or Minions on the Mega screen? 

Tomorrow is the last night Endless Summer Night of SUMMER 2017 and it’s going to close out with the best Luau in Queens 🌺  Experience Hawaii in New York at Compass Coffee with a Luau: HOPE STYLE! You won’t miss a day at your job or won’t feel like a stranger tomorrow with the Hope family! 

Located at 142-82 Rockaway Blvd Jamaica New York 11436

Here’s how it went down last time we did a Luau in the yard! 

HopeNYC Super Bowl Party

HopeNYC had its annual Super Bowl party! We viewed the game on a super-sized screen fit for a football fan.

Not into the game? Just the wings, fellowship, cozy couches and great music by DJ Mark Xclusive made it SUPER! At half time things got spicy! There was a hot wing eating contest! These wings were drenched in ghost peppers, chili peppers, Habanero and much more heat!  The snack shop had a tall menu of game day specials: wings, burgers, fries, hotdogs, nachos, chicken tenders, chips, candy and soda! I crave the wings around this time of year and got my fix with Asian and habanero and buffalo!

Spicy! Sweet! Savory! Satisfying!

These were prepared here at HopeNYC and I can say these are the best wings I’ve ever had. Everyone had a good time here. Football fans, wing lovers, children, commercial watchers….Overall everyone had the ultimate game day experience!

Who did I root for? Originally I cheered on the Falcons  from the start but although they didn’t win, I went home with a valuable  important lesson.

No matter how bad things may look from the start even if it takes as long as halftime, things can change and you can win!

Spiritually: No matter how bad things look and how short you come, God can change everything in an instant for you. Keep going!




How to have an Awesome Christmas party in Church!

Christmas parties? We do them every year!

During Decebmer, many of the HopeNYC Ministries end the year with a Christmas party! It’s a time to celebrate and fellowship with the team! It’s also a great time to reflect on the year. It’s truly a special time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Honestly, I find that the best Christmas parties happen in church. They are so much fun! Here are some tips FOR YOU on how to have an Awesome Christmas party!  (Also a small peak on how HopeNYC did Christmas this year)

Set up a photo booth with props!

For this type of photobooth, it does not have to be expensive to set up or taken with an expensive camera! If you have a small ideal area in your church/home/venue like a fireplace or corner with a blank solid colored wall, you can use that as the background! The people will be the ones to bring life into the picture!  For the props just draw, color and create your favorite Christmas items on white poster board paper. Also make funny speech bubbles, Merry Christmas signs and  little santa hats! Don’t forget to put them on a stick! If possible, you should get some of your more artistic friends to handle the task. Take plenty of pics with your camera or cell phone! The more silly the better! Also strut your stuff with some Christmas garlands! (Click to enlarge images)


Food is important!

It’s Christmas! Go all out! Find the food that is best preferred by your group! For an example, we have quite a bit people in our church born from the Carribean. Things like baked ham, bread, jerk chicken, turkey, peardrax and sorrel excites them! For the young adults, they do fancy finger foods. For the teens they enjoy some good pizza! What would your crowd like?


No matter how old, games are great! Try games like Christmas Charades and musical chairs! Seeing adults playing these ought to bring some good laughs! Also do dance contests and if you are feeling genorous, give some cash away! Organize a good “Lets make a Deal game!” Get boxes of all sizes ready to confuse and overwhelm your guests with decisions! Get envelopes for cash (Could be 1-$100). Also get some good prizes and gag prizes!



You can also try this fun balloon popping game

Blow about 20 or more balloons! Put cash in one of the balloons. Your guest will have the pop the balloons…with their butts! They will have to sit on the ballons, pop them and continue running around to sit on some more until they pop the winning balloon with the cash! Get about 5 people to play. This game is super fun to watch!


Also The Candy Cane Pick up game!

Get about 4-6  people to play. Spread out alot of candy canes on a table then give each player a candy cane! Have them place one candy cane in their mouth with the hook part down and they will have to pick up as many canes from the table as possible. The person who picks up the most candy cane wins! If possible, give the winner a good prize and let the other players keep their candy canes as a small prize for playing.





There is nothing more heart stopping than a raffle! Get as many gifts as you can to raffle off to your people. Get a big roll of tickets and a big basket! At HopeNYC, we have raffled off presents, iPads, TVs, Beats by Dr Dre headphones, skateboards, jewelery, Kitchen-Aid Mixers, trips, laptops, and more!






This is the time of giving! I encourage you to have a gift grab, gift exchange or a secret santa! It adds so much more fun and excitement to the event! It gives you the chance to make somene outside of your family feel loved and blessed. Here are some ways to do it!

Secret Santa

We all know how to do this one! Start your secret santa game 4-3 weekends prior to your Christmas party so everyone can have enough time to buy the presents and excite their secret santas by sending notes, candy, cards, clues, and small presents along the way! It just makes it better!

Gift Grab

Get a large “Santa bag!”  Then tell your guest to bring a $3.00 gift to the party! Close to the end of the party, have each person that participated reach into the bag and grab a gift! If someone grabs their own gift, they can put it back and chose again. Some people might buy gifts alittle over $3.00. I hope I get that one!



Don’t have the space for them? Take them out!

If you don’t a have a meeting space for your Christmas party, dont fret! Taking the team out works very well! Every year our teen ministry goes Ice Skating then to a resturaunt. Our men’s ministry has gone out to a splendid buffet. Trips are lots of fun and they will bring your team together, just do your best to keep it exclusive and have only the people you need attend. It will keep the occasion special. Anyone outside of your group can take away from the experience. (Ex: Bringing kids to an adults group, Bringing ladies to a men’s group etc etc)

grabbing food in a buffet line


Try Themes


There is a saying that says: All great parties have themes! It personally excites me when there is a theme. I search my house or shop for something to match the party theme and it can push your people to try something new. I have not worn an ugly Christmas sweater in all my life until my young adults ministry had an ugly sweater party. It was so much fun seeing what other people wore and taking pictures of it. Our ladies ministry wore wear red and green. Themes also makes your party pictures come out a lot better!



Specialty Drinks

Every party can have soda and juice. Make a visually appealing and delicious drink that is not typical! Try fancy mocktails in a nice plastic margerita or champaign shaped cup. Try hot chocolate with a bar of toppings such as marshmellows, whipped cream, candy canes, chocolate shavings and more! Also do Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cider, Vanilla, Caramel Macciatos in a nice mug. Like I mentioned earlier, Carribean holiday drinks for islanders such as Sorrel and Peardrax. Whatever excites your group!



Wanna get cozy?

We do a thing every year at HopeNYC called Choco-Pie! Its where people come to church in their PJ’s (appropriate of course) and we lay out delicious desserts on the table! Everyone has a chance to go on stage and showcase their talent. They sing Christmas Carols, tell jokes, play instruments live, its always such a wonderful evening! Best part! The desserts are mostly chocolate! It is also such a great time to propose to the girl of your dreams! It actually happened to a couple this year singing during a duet!



No Christmas party is complete without worship! Worship Jesus in the form of song, dance, drama, music, prayer, preaching, poetry and more! Pray about it and select people in your group who is desiring or gifted to worship in an area with you.