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Hope in the Main Street

Hope in the Main Street

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Rev. Rob Cotton demonstrates how we can effectively bring the good news to our towns and cities.

Rob shows how we can practically engage with our local communities, building relationships that enable social action, presenting the teachings of the Bible in ways that contemporary audiences can relate to and presenting Christianity as genuine good news.

Rob has led a number of churches, as well as being Senior Campaign Manager at Bible Society and on the leadership teams for national campaigns such as Hope 08, Biblefresh and The 2011 Trust (celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible). From the humorous to the heartbreaking, these stories from his years of ministry will equip you, encourage you and challenge you to bring ‘hope on the main street’.

“Rob Cotton demonstrates how our churches can engage with the community around … presenting Christianity as genuine good news.”

Andy Hawthorne OBE

Founder and CEO, The Message Trust

About the Author

Rob Cotton

Rob Cotton

Superintendent Minister

Rob Cotton is the Superintendent Minister at a large Methodist church in Knutsford and also the village of Plumley in Cheshire. He has previously served in Arnold, Nottingham and Ingol, Preston. He is known as being passionate about mobilising the church to meet needs within local communities and to bring hope into the lives of individuals.

Rob’s book ‘Hope in the Main Street’ tells the stories of where he has seen churches reaching out to bring hope to people. As he tells of his story and the amazing experiences that he has had, from dealing with the national press after the murder of Marian Bates in the town of Arnold, Nottingham, to meeting royalty and a Prime Minister, he hopes to empower others to tell their stories too.

Prior to his current appointment, he was the Senior Campaign Manager at Bible Society, working on citywide media campaigns relating stories in the Bible to soap stories, and also on the leadership teams for national campaigns such as Hope 08, Biblefresh and ‘The 2011 Trust’ (celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible).

Events

March 2018

Stand at Representative Synod.

April 2018

Seminar at ECG (Methodist event) in Scarborough.

June 2018

9th. National book launch at Knutsford Heritage Centre.

13th. Author interview on Cross Rhythms radio.

17th. Local book launch at Alderley Edge Methodist Church.

July 2018

1st – 3rd. Book signing at the Methodist Conference 2018.

2nd. Local book launch with Freddie Kofi at Arnold Methodist Church. 7.45 pm for an 8 pm start. All welcome!

8th, 4pm. Author speaking at Fulwood Methodist Church in Preston.

8th. Book profile at Civic Service in Preston.

11th, 7.30pm. Author speaking at Town Church, Northwich, for the first worship service of Zac’s House.

August 2018

31st. Congleton Bible Weekend – Wellspring 7.30pm – Testimony and book promotion event with Ian Coffey preaching.

September 2018

16th, 2.30pm. Author speaking at the Harvest Festival of Whiston Methodist Chapel in Staffordshire.

23rd. Local book launch and author speaking at Leek Trinity.

October 2018

4th, 7.30pm. Congleton book launch event at New Life Community Church and Words and Music bookshop.

5th, 7.30pm . Whiston Village Hall Multi Media Book Launch event with mainstream music band Sapphire presenting ‘Our life story in music’.

21st. Local book launch at Lymm Methodist Café Church.

November 2018

6th. Firefest Celebration at Longton Central Hall, Stoke-on-Trent with worship leader Shane Rootes.

7th. Firefest Celebration at Gornal and Sedgley with worship leader Shane Rootes.

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Endorsements and Reviews

Andy Hawthorne OBE, The Message Trust

Rev. Rob Cotton demonstrates how our churches can engage with the community around, building relationships that enable social action, presenting the teachings of the Bible in ways that contemporary audiences can relate to and presenting Christianity as genuine good news. Rob has led a number of churches, as well as being Senior Campaign Manager at Bible Society and on the leadership teams for national campaigns such as Hope 08, Biblefresh and The 2011 Trust (celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible). From the humorous to the heartbreaking, these stories from his years of ministry will equip you, encourage you and challenge you to bring ‘hope on the main street’. Rob Cotton is the real deal and as such is constantly provoking the church to take our message of hope out to where it’s really needed. He’s learnt so much over the years and anybody who is serious about mission will love this book.

Andy Hawthorne OBE
Founder and CEO, The Message Trust

Freddie Kofi, Singer / Songwriter

Great to see first hand a dream – once just a spark, spoken of and prayed about so faithfully for so many years – come to fruition and into being. This is a timely book with a message downloaded from the realm of expectation to a season of realisation; where many will without doubt be blessed by the unflinching arrogance of hope in the face of devastation; a book that will leave you not a moment longer without the beautiful fragrance of hope. Rob Cotton is a great pastor, leader, author and even greater friend!

Freddie Kofi
Singer/Songwriter

 

Loraine Mellor, Methodist Conference 2017-2018

Rob, as a Methodist presbyter engaged in circuit ministry and with his many years working with the Bible Society, has encountered people who needed to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. In this book he shares his rich experience of mission and ministry while trying to bring hope and healing in seemingly hopeless situations. I hope this book will encourage each of us to share our stories of hope and faith during the year of HOPE 2018.

Loraine Mellor
President of the Methodist Conference 2017-2018

Andrew Lunn, Manchester and Stockport Methodist District

Rob Cotton’s book invites churches to take hope into public places, and to be the presence of Jesus on high streets and in town halls, at bus stops and school gates. I warmly commend ‘Hope in the Main Street’ for study and as inspiration for mission.

Andrew Lunn
Chair of Manchester and Stockport Methodist District

 

Rt. Rev. Bishop Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol

I first met Rob Cotton when he inspired Bristol Church Leaders with his presentation ‘Engaging Contemporary Society’, the story of his Arnold Church in Nottingham meeting need in the local community after the tragic murder of Marian Bates. As a result, I commended him to other church leaders as he then helped to develop Bible Society’s citywide media campaign in Bristol, and became his friend. More recently, I have been pleased to return to my childhood home of Knutsford and to support Rob’s ministry in that context. I now commend his book ‘Hope in the Main Street’ as he seeks to inspire the wider church with his story.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Mike Hill
Bishop of Bristol

“…many will without doubt be blessed by [Rob’s] unflinching arrogance of hope in the face of devastation….”

Freddie Kofi

Singer / Songwriter

“I warmly commend ‘Hope in the Main Street’ for study and as inspiration for mission.”

Andrew Lunn

Chair of Manchester and Stockport Methodist District

In the Media

Ruth O’Reilly to interview Rob Cotton on UCB2

Rev. Rob Cotton will be discussing his recently published book, Hope in the Main Street, during an interview with Ruth O'Reilly from 11.00 to 12.00. About 'Hope in the Main Street' Rev. Rob Cotton demonstrates how our churches can...

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