there's real life with hope

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

             One of the ladies from Atonement’s Tuesday morning Bible study just handed me a copy of some prophecies that were shared at a convention in Florida with a nationally known speaker. I have read the two pages over and want to share some things because it is so hopeful for those who belong to Jesus! The speaker said, “These are the greatest days in the history of the church. Rejoice and be glad!” He goes on to say, “God’s grace is rising like a tide, an abundance of mercy, abundant compassion, soul-winning, and an anointing like never before seen upon the earth. Give praise and rejoice for the outpouring is on YOU!” Wow! I think this is an encouragement to hold onto, my brothers and sisters in Christ!

            In order for us to be part of this incredible movement, we need to give ourselves fully to God: our focus, our time, our greatest strengths, our best days- all of us! Do not hold anything back from God! We need to give to God our utmost for His highest, as Oswald Chamber’s devotional book is titled. And in all this giving to God, God will use all that we give to Him and bless it. God will give the increase and thanks be to God! God is at work all around us (the theme of the Experiencing God study).

Will you consider joining me during this Lenten season to commit, to recommit, and to keep recommitting your heart, soul, and life to our Glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36.) Only believe! Only believe that all things are possible to those of us who believe in Jesus! Belief brings absolute rest and perfect peace! Belief is faith, trust, and dependency, confidently relying on, and adhering to the life and power of God through Jesus the Son. Lent is a golden opportunity to grow in our grace and knowledge of Jesus, which will make Easter an amazing and great time in the life of Atonement and HOPE Community Churches! God wants to do incredible things through us in the Claymont Community and Beyond!!! All of creation is about to come back to life in its full glory for Spring! May your faith in Jesus Christ blossom and be a beautiful Easter gift to God! I am expecting some awesome things to happen in my own heart!

                        Blessings on each of you and your beloved families,





Mailing Address

PO Box 567
Claymont, DE 19703

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1400 Harvey Rd
Wilmington, DE 19810

Upcoming events

camp pecometh 2nd annual fishing derby | April 29 | 8:00am-11:00am

Come to Camp Pecometh for a morning of fishing, fellowship and fun! Prizes will be awarded in different categories within each age group. Everyone has a chance to win the casting contest, and the Grand Prize is a free week of camp! Also, lunch is included in the entry fee. Visit Camp Pecometh's website for more details and to register.

NAtional Day of Prayer |May 4 | 10am-2pm

Atonement Church Santctuary will be open for anyone who wishes to come and pray. Please enter through the front doors to the Welcome Center.

Camp Pecometh day | april 29 | 11:00am-3:00pm

Bring your families and friends to enjoy some great activities; including hayrides, games, balloon artist Jungle John, music and a whole lot more! Plus, there will be an opportunity for you to tour the property, meet the staff, and learn more about what they can offer your camper this summer. For more information, and to enter a drawing to win a campership for Summer 2017, visit

Prayer and healing service | May 7 | 6:30pm

A service led by Pastor Amy. Come, join with Atonement Church as we take time to be still and know God as Healer. Located in the Atonement Church Sanctuary. Bring a friend, too! Expect a miracle!

Fifth Sunday | April 30 | 10am | one Service
Atonement church

Come celebrate fifth Sunday qith us at Atonement. We will be welcoming 3 new members to the church! Contact Pastor Amy for more information to join the churhc on fifth Sunday too!

claymont Green Day | June 10th | 8:30-3:00

Every year, Claymont sponsors a community clean-up, which takes place from 8:30-noon. Volunteers who help with the clean-up even get a free t-shirt and lunch! Community Day will follow, from noon-3:00, at the Claymont Community Center. If you would like to volunteer with HOPE to clean up or represent Atonement/HOPE Churches at our table, sign up at the Welcome Center Desk or call our church office 302.334.0249

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