Hopelands church considers missions work critical to the life of a church. The church has for many years supported people across many countries doing missions work. Countries include, Indonesia, Philippines, Belarus, India and China. In addition to working overseas, Hopelands church is active within its own community supporting local chaplaincy and various other events. In recent years congregation members have been encouraged to go on missions trips and therefore the church has sent out teams to a number of countries and this is only likely to increase in years to come! So get on board – consider a missions trip, become involved. We do a number of mission offerings throughout the year.


Since the year 2000 Hopelands church has had constant association with Indonesia, supporting various missionaries, sending aid relief and church members making regular visits into Indonesia. Photo’s and further details can be viewed on display boards in our church building. Hopelands church is currently supporting a small missions school where nationals are trained and equipped to return to their home areas to proclaim the gospel message of Christ’s saving grace.


Hopelands church has a number of contacts in the Philippines right across the many islands. Peter & Hope Girdlestone have been spending a lot of time in the Philippines over the last number of years for months at a time. Doing outreaches with various churches and a full schedule of ministry. Church teams have also been sent into the Philippines in 2009 and 2010 and are likely to continue in years to come.


GEMS Christian Education Ltd

Hopelands church founded GEMS Christian Education over 20 years ago and remains the sponsor church for this Christian education offering in Emerald. GEMS Christian Education is the corporate owner and operates three different learning facilities.

Emerald Christian College offers Prep to Yr 12 education all on one campus south of Emerald on the Gregory Highway, and would welcome any enquiry you may have in regard to the enrolment of your children.


ECC Little Gems is the daycare and kindy facility, taking children from 3 years old into daycare and progressing them through kindy. Little Gems is located on the ECC campus.


Ontrack College is a recently developed education option. The college is an accredited Special Assistance School, assisting students from years 7 to 10 who have found it difficult to learn within mainstream school settings. Ontrack College is just east of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway.


All these learning facilities offer a distinctly Christian education that you will find aligns well to the values and expectations of a Christian home.