there's real life with hope



A Brief History of HOPE

A vision to open a new church in Claymont, DE named HOPE Community Church began in February of 2008 when Bishop Peggy Johnson visited Atonement Church. Bishop Johnson recognized the growth, the changes that were occurring within the church, and posed the question, "Have you ever thought about opening another church?" Actually, Pastor John Hornberger (the lead pastor at Aonement UMC), Amy Peters (assistant pastor of Atonement UMC and now campus pastor of HOPE), and Mark Peters (husband of Amy Peters) had thought about that possibility. So Mark responded, "Yes, we have." From that day forward, HOPE Community church grew to become a reality that is now three years old.


PAstor Amy L Peters

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” 
Hebrews 11:6

A Letter From Our Pastor


Our Staff

Laurelyn Auer- Administrative Assistant
Lesli Grant- Worship Leader
Jamal Smith- A/V Team
Matt Lashbrook- A/V Team




Mailing Address

PO Box 567
Claymont, DE 19703

➤ WORSHIP | 11am

1400 Harvey Rd
Wilmington, DE 19810

Upcoming events

Atonement’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner | November 23 | Noon-4PM

Everyone is welcome to come and join us on Thanksgiving Day for our 10th annual Thanksgiving Dinner free of charge. No reservation needed just stop on in. As we do every year, we need volunteers to help greet our visitors, work on the serving line, clear tables and clean up. Sign-up sheets are located in the Welcome Center or you can call the office to volunteer.

Claymont Christmas Parade | December 2 | 9:30AM

This year Atonement and HOPE Community’s theme will be Christmas Around the World. Our churches will join together to be part of our float or our walking group. If possible, wear a Christmas color of red, green, or white! Call the church office to learn more or sign up 302.334.0249

HEAVENLY PERKS CAFÉ | November 18  |  6:30pm

Live music with Psalt N Light, food, fellowship, free coffee and desserts. Family-friendly event. Free admission. Doors open at 6:30pm at Atonement Church— Come on out and enjoy the fellowship!

Abba's Daughters | December 9 | 10am-Noon

Come and Celebrate the Birthday of Christ our Lord. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon! Women of all age are welcome! Come, be blessed! 

You will live secure and full of hope; God will protect you and give you rest.
— Job 11:18