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New Church Name Info

Jul 1, 2017
We are excited to have a new name for the church that was announced last Sunday – The Road Church. The new name is based on the input from the congregation earlier this year of key words and phrases that reflect our community, as well as the survey on short-listed possible names. The Leadership Team along with Brandon and Nicole reached consensus on The Road Church as our new name as we felt it best reflected who we are as community and our vision (tag line) of Experiencing God Everywhere.

As the story of the Emmaus Road in Luke demonstrates there are many times in our own journeys that we are met by Jesus without even realizing he is with us – he’s always with us on the road even when we don’t know it! A new name also reflects that we are now one church community – we no longer need to use the awkward mashed up name. As the Ephesians verse from our first anniversary states - we ‘were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together both outwardly and inwardly’.

"The Road Church: Experience God Everywhere" as our new name is a recognition of our journey forward together as a church community.

We are planning to develop a new logo as soon as possible and we are going to start using the new name in our material, including in a new future website (we already have a domain name secured!). If you have any questions or comments about our new name or the future logo, please get in touch with either Brandon Harris, Nicole Wilson or Jeff Loomis.

New Hope began with six families in 1996. We held our first services in the St. John Fine Arts School in the Kensington neighborhood of northwest Calgary. As more people joined us each Sunday, our congregation grew to the point where we had to move to a bigger facility, the gym at Queen Elizabeth High School in 1998.
God continued to bless us with more members, and so we hit the road again in 2000 moving a couple of blocks north to the West Hillhurst Community Centre.
New Hope joined with Hillside Community church in September 2015 at the former Rocky Mountain College site. On October 25, 2015, the people of New Hope and Hillside voted 99% in favour of becoming one church.

Our 15th year anniversary video!
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