About New Hope Church.
In October 1998, at the leading of the Holy Spirit, a group of four couples met together to discuss the formation of an evangelistically focused and worship-minded church in which God would be given ultimate authority in planning and direction. After a period of regular fasting and prayer, the first official service of this church was held during the following month at Peter Muhlenburg Middle School in Woodstock. New Hope, the name chosen for this body of believers, was derived from Romans 15:4 and Romans 5:3-5.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Church leaders decided that New Hope should remain unaffiliated with any denomination. However, New Hope went on to join the Grace Network based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, so that we might remain autonomous yet accountable to external authority.
In November 2007, New Hope moved its services from the public school facility to Community Christian School in Maurertown. It was not until January of 2011, after another season of prayer and fasting, that God directed New Hope to lease its own space in Woodstock. It is in this location at 766 North Main Street that we still meet today, although we have since expanded into the address next door!
In Fall of 2017, we welcomed Growing Tree School to share our space with us. Their elementary school students come to receive a Christian education within our facilities on Monday through Friday. Amongst our combined ministries, there is not a single day of the week in which our building is not filled with prayer and worship.
When Grace Network became absorbed into a larger international network, New Hope was one of several network members to decide to forge a new local network in order to maintain relational continuity and joint missional focus across the participating churches. This partnership, called the e4 Network, was launched in early 2018 and continues to be the model through which we labor as the hands and feet of Christ within our community.