Urban Outreach Program | Hope Church


From its inception, Hope has taken seriously our Lord's command to care for the under-resourced among us. To that end, we have implemented a rich variety of successful urban initiatives that have become part of our DNA. These programs foster relationships between people from two very different backgrounds and lifestyles. They make friends out of strangers and heal the wounds of our past. 

For over 25 years, the Urban Ministry of Hope Church has offered life-changing experiences through the Urban Plunge and Justice Tour of Civil Rights Movement. These events have been instrumental to getting individuals engaged by serving others through discipleship and giving. The Urban Ministry serves over 1,000 families annually through Thanksgiving Food Drives, backpacks for school children and sponsoring families during Christmas with the Tree of Hope. Our ministry has been avid about serving hundreds of children annually from the inner city with Resurrection activities and hosting Vacation Bible School sessions during the summer at various churches in South Memphis, Frayser and other areas of the city. To get involved, take a look at some of our volunteer opportunities below. 


Justice Tour

June 7–9, 2019

You’re invited to join Senior Associate Pastor Dr. Eli Morris and the Urban Staff for the annual Justice Tour, uniquely designed to lead you on the path of civil rights for African Americans through Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery. Throughout the trip, we will visit several historical sites that were part of the Civil Rights Movement including the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park and more. We will worship on Sunday at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

During our travel time we will view topical movies, engage in discussions and get more historical background on the Civil Rights March to freedom from Eli. You will experience firsthand the emotional and life-changing journey that hundreds traveled to achieve freedom while you enjoy fellowshipping with others from Hope. For more information, contact Laura Huggins (Laura.Huggins@HopeChurchMemphis.com).

     • $275 (for those who call Hope their church home)
     • $325 (general public)
The fees include transportation, snacks, most meals, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy) and tour fees.You are encouraged to bring money to purchase a couple of lunches and possibly souvenirs.

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Hope 5k

july 13, 2019 • 8:00 am

The HOPE 5K is NOW an annual fundraising event benefiting Oasis of Hope Community Development. For over 17 years we have led the charge in North Memphis. Our mission is to demonstrate Christ's love to an under-resourced community by elevating and improving the quality of neighborhood life through empowerment and partnerships.  Your support will allow us to continue urban outreach efforts supporting local youth, forming new initiatives, supporting senior enrichment activities, and offering affordable housing opportunities.

  • Pre-Registration is $25 through July 1st. (Early Bird discount shows up at checkout.)
  • Registration is $35 July 2nd-13th.
  • You may also register on site at 7:00 a.m. on race day. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Knitting & Crochet Groups for Preemies
We welcome you to join our Knitting and Crochet group to learn how to make preemie babies hats, prayer scarves and octopuses. This group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. 

Quilting for NICU at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital
Whether you have never quilted or you are an experienced quilter, come join us making quilts for the NICU. Quilting sessions are every 3rd Saturday of the month. You can use the link below to sign-up for any opportunity listed above or you can contact Laura Huggins (Laura.Huggins@HopeChurchMemphis.com) for more information.”

We also have on-going partnerships with other ministries in the city such as Neighborhood Christian Center, Multi-National Ministries and Streets Ministries that include financial and volunteer support for youth tutoring and mentoring initiatives. 


Urban Staff

Andrea Curry

Urban Ministry Director

All Staff, Urban Outreach

Laura Huggins

Urban Administrative Assistant & Special Event Coordinator

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