Germantown

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Our congregation in Germantown


Sunday Meetings in Advent

Advent details

We are no longer meeting in Fernhill Park. For this Advent season, you are invited to join in small gatherings at people’s homes for Advent Sunday meetings. Our hosts are ready to welcome you into a communal journey of the story of the arrival of our Savior. This is an opportunity for a memorable and intimate experience, in contrast to the isolation of last year. 


If the prospect of that closeness feels uncomfortable to you – for covid or interpersonal reasons – know that you are not alone! There is a backyard option you can choose. AND, this Advent journey includes your arrival. How you arrive is no as important as showing up. Jesus arrives to meet each of us where we are. Email [email protected] for details.

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Full list of upcoming events at circleofhope.church/events


Our usual Sunday location is located at:

We are in the process of finding a new building to meet at.

For now we are meeting:

➤ Sundays 10:30am at people’s homes

➤ Sundays 5pm on YouTube

➤ Cells throughout the week


More about our Germantown location

About our Germantown congregation

Circle of Hope is a community of people held together by our commitment of love to God and each other. We are resisting divisiveness and individualism to be the family of God, expressing the love of Christ through our life together. You don’t have to have it all worked out to be included. We value honesty and dialogue, without judgment. Even in our meetings, there is room to talk back! We sing original music and people share their gifts in a variety of ways. Together, we form a unique expression of the church in this time and place.

We are the newest congregation of Circle of Hope, but we have history here. Long term residents and new Philly transplants together form the stability of this community. It is a good place to be known and loved into your fullness. The children among us are no exception. We parent as a village, sharing resources and supporting each other. The relationships that form are stabilizing and meaningful, and provide a rich environment in which faith, hope and love can grow.


Pastor – meet Julie Hoke

Julie Hoke, Pastor at 29 W. Tulpehocken
[email protected]

I first moved to Germantown in 2003. Philadelphia became my home as I put down roots, connected with my neighbors and invested in the community. Being a part of Circle of Hope helped me do that! I found Jesus followers who cared about social justice, compassion, creativity and relationships. Over the years, this faith community has provided a way for me to bring my experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in line with the joy of making disciples and planting the church. Since God took on flesh and moved into the neighborhood, I am confident that how we live with those around us has a direct impact on our life with God. Jesus makes himself known and faith gets expressed communally! I have a husband and two kids, and lots of plants. I love how gardening and pastoring both involve tending to what God is doing now, and growing what is next.


What to Expect – childcare and more

Where is it?

We meet in Germantown at the Aulenbach House, the parish hall of Christ’s Church and St. Michael’s. The building is one block west of Germantown Ave. The entrance to the meeting room is on the side of the building, just off the parking lot.

What’s it like?

It’s an opportunity to explore and express God’s love. Take advantage of what you can. There’s usually singing to get us together and our hearts moving toward God in worship. There’s a speech when the pastor or someone else engages us in ways we can do that exploring and expressing. Often there’s a chance to talk back with questions and stories. It’s all up for grabs. Don’t feel like you have to do anything. Come as you are, be as you are, and see what God does.

Parking

There is a parking lot beside the building. Overflow parking can be found on Germantown Ave.

Public Transport

Easily accessible with a short walk from the 23, 65, the H or XH bus routes.

Childcare

Kids age 6 mos. through 3rd grade get to hang out with our team of dedicated caregivers and teachers.  They get a snack and have fun, leaving their parents free to fully participate in the meeting.  Third and Fourth graders participate with the adults in part of the meeting, and then are dismissed for time with each other and a teacher to process what they have seen and heard.

In-Between Time

After and before our meetings we hang out with snacks to create community and conspire for goodness. Come early or stay after to join us.


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