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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

New Members Class

To be held on Saturday October 21 at Atonement 3-5pm. Contact Pastor Amy if you are interested in joining the church by calling either 302.218.5896 or 302.334.0249

‘Olde time’ Covered Dish Dinner and Game Night | October 28 |  6 pm

Everyone is invited to this night of food, fun, and fellowship! Come out to Atonement’s Welcome Center at 6 to enjoy a covered dish dinner and bring along a main or side dish of your own to share. Or you can come over at 7 for just the games if you want and bring your favorite game to play with everyone! If you would rather have a night of great conversation than playing games, you can do that too! You can join Pastor John in the SURGE room to have a lovely evening of conversing instead.

UrbanPromise Banquet | October 26 | 6pm

Come and hear about what’s going on at UrbanPromise through the eyes of our children, teens and staff! We know that you’ll be encouraged and inspired while learning more about UrbanPromise’s impact in the neighborhoods of Wilmington. Contact the office for more details. 302.334.0249


Come celebrate fifth Sunday with us at Atonement. We will be welcoming new members to the church and you can join too! 


October is Pastor Appreciation Month

It’s not an official holiday, but many churches mark October as “Pastor Appreciation Month” and the 2nd Sunday as “Pastor Appreciation Day.” Pastor Appreciation Day began with the establishment of Clergy Appreciation Month. In Timothy 1 (5:17), Paul began the concept of clergy appreciation when he stated that the elders of the church are worthy of a double honor. Please bless Pastor Amy with your presence and your prayers! No gifts are necessary! P.S. Show your gratitude to God with your tithes and offerings.

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