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Growth throughout the week
At Rising Hope Canton, we love to have
fun! Community and fellowship is very
important to us and we believe that one of
the best ways to build a strong community
is to offer a variety of opportunities for
fellowship. This past year we were
privileged to partner with numerous people
and agencies throughout the
Canton community in an effort to better the
community in which we serve.
We do community clean up's and food
drives with Canton City Council Members and various
other agencies, events like Tatts for Toys where a local tattoo parlor gives free tattoos to people who donated a $40 or $60 toy, and partner with the Domestic Violence Project to do domestic violence awareness walks. We are blessed to help the community along side the amazing people at the J. Babe Stearn Center. We were recently voted Canton City Schools Difference Maker where we had a write up about our partnership with McGregor Elementary School highlighted in the Canton Repository.
One of the favorite events that we look forward to every year is a game night. On this night, we spend time together as a community sharing food, games and lots of laughs. From Clue to Trivia Pursuit to Euchre, if you love games then this night is for you! Finally, once a month, our bookstore - The Next Chapter - is smack dab in the middle of the action for Canton's Arts in Stark First Fridays. We love that this space allows us to both meet new people and re-connect with old friends. If you're ever downtown on a First Friday, stop in and see us!
Following the dream of Christian author Jennie Allen, Anne and Jamie host monthly gatherings of women that we affectionately call “IF Tables.” Why? Because we believe that IF women come together to share, dream, and pray, then Jesus will bless the time powerfully! We gather women from all over Canton to share a meal, their hearts, and their vision for how God can use their unique gifts and talents to reach Canton for Christ. During these times of conversation and prayer, what unites us as followers of Christ far outshines the things that separate us.
Our VBS provides a fun-filled week of
learning about God through Bible lessons,
music, crafts and shared meals for the children of
These outreach opportunities are
helping us build relationships with the families that
Rising Hope could serve and minister to in the future.
Rising Hope Canton is excited to partner with UrbanArk Ministries. UrbanArk provides hot meals, grocery and clothing distribution, and the gospel message shared with people who need to hear about the HOPE they have in Jesus. Chad and Carl, our Rising Hope Canton team leaders, enjoy sharing that message of hope and serving in the distribution efforts there every first and third Thursday.
Partnership with the J. Babe Stearn Center
The J. Babe Stearn center is excited to partner with Rising Hope Canton to provide a
space for other fun community outreach activities such as:
● Outdoor Movie Nights in the summer
● Community Clean-Ups
● Community Festivals
● Food Drives
the next chapter bookstore
Alas, our time at the bookstore has come to an end. From one of our first customers three years ago known as “Dune” who stops in every First Friday to say hello, to a recent mother who came in with her daughter to sit and read Highlights by the fire, we have loved each and every conversation.
For us the bookstore was always about people, our interactions with others, and supporting the city that we love. We started the bookstore with the intention of not only providing good literature to the community, but to also encourage peace, love, forgiveness, and kindness in the city. It was simple: we had this crazy idea to be the hands and feet of Jesus and it is our hope that we accomplished that for at least one person who walked through our doors over the last three years.
For us, it wasn’t about money, it was about people. It was about our community. It was about serving. Please don’t think of this as goodbye, just think of this as “until next time.” Even without our bookstore we will still be around, so feel free to say hello and take the time to sit and chat for a few.
Growing in Our Faith
Women's Bible Study
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm
@ Carl & Anne Pace's House
Our Women's Ministry has seen sustained growth this year in participation at our Women's Bible Study nights! We've worked through studies that have streched the women to expand their understanding of prayer, tame their tounges to glorify God through thoughtful speech, and explore the steadfast love of the Father as it sustains us through seasons of struggle.
Men's bible study
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
@ The Next Chapter Bookstore
“Just as iron sharpens iron, so too a man sharpens the character of his friend.”
The Men of Rising Hope also dive into scripture and discussion to challenge one another 'as iron sharpens iron!'. We have been studying Romans together, and our conversations range in nature from deep theological discussion to matters of practical application.
Acts 2:42 Groups
Acts 2:42 says "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
Our relationships have blossomed into friendships with depth outside of meeting times. Our small groups are focused on developing relationships and the ability to ask hard questions and process the study material together in new and deeper ways. It has been wonderful to watch new Christians hear these scriptures for the first time alongside seasoned Christians experiencing the scriptures in new and challenging ways. Our small groups have been interesting and exciting because several of the people do not attend our service and it has been a great way to connect new people to Rising Hope Canton.
Want to join one?
@ McGregor Elementary
At Rising Hope Canton, we believe that people desire authentic community. We may not have the best music or the biggest building, but what we do have is a community of people who genuinely care about one another and who gather together to encourage and spur on one another. Our weekly service is unlike a traditional church service, but the difference is intentional. We strive to be informal, inviting and open. The result is a place where people feel comfortable to come as they are and share their ideas, questions, struggles and triumphs.
A Sunday in the life of Rising Hope...
Service begins at "11-ish"
The morning begins with a time of worship, blending contemporary Christian music and more traditional hymns.
After worship, the children are dismissed to their classroom.
Before the teaching, we have a time for personal reflection through scripture reading. Each individual is given a specific passage or quote and has 10-15 minutes to reflect on what God wants to say through that passage. This is followed by a time of interactive sharing and discussion, in which everyone is welcome (but not pressured) to participate. We have found this time to be immensely encouraging and fruitful!
After reflection and discussion comes a brief message that digs deeper into scripture and offers sound instruction in biblical principles.
Service ends at "12:30-ish"