Author: Ann Harris

June Newsletter

Dear Friends, Stuck for an idea to make your Ascension Day service go with a bang? Try tracking down a large rocket and setting it off at the end of the service (no, not inside the building). Ascension is one of those underrated festivals that easily gets missed in the rush from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, so it might need a bit of pizzazz. That’s a shame because there’s a lot going on in the Ascension story which we miss out on to our loss. This is the moment when we declare that Jesus is Lord in contrast to all...

Rev. Alan Harvey

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of the Rev. Alan Harvey. Alan came to Milton Keynes in 2004, succeeding Peter Sharrocks as Methodist Superintendent Minister. In addition to the area responsibilities of leadership within the ecumenical structure he had pastoral oversight of the Freeman and Queensway churches in Bletchley. His previous appointment had been in Ghana, where his ministry included a measure of educational work. It was clear that he had enjoyed his work there, loving to dress in Ghanaian traditional wear for special occasions. Not surprisingly there was a growth in the Ghanaian congregation at Queensway....

May Newsletter

Dear Friends, Change is definitely in the air in MK. Some of that change seems to come at us from outside: Plan:MK has now been adopted by MK Council and published at https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/plan-mk. The scale of expansion envisaged will have a huge effect on the city. Some change is generated within the churches as we respond with our Christian faith to what we see around us, meeting the challenges and trying to grasp the opportunities. It was a delight to be a part of our Assembly in April, as we heard from the various denominations locally what their plans were...

coMPass – Summer 2019

coMPass is the guide to adult learning about Christian faith across Milton Keynes. It’s purpose is to build capacity for mission by helping you to find new or renewed excitement, depth and confidence in Christian faith. Here is some of the feedback from our Spring course:  “It was all interesting.” “The sound knowledge of the speaker” “Fantastic course. Any feedback was taken on board. A lovely group of fellow Christians. A safe place to share and discuss.” coMPass Summer 2019 For the forthcoming term we are delighted to offer two evening courses. As is usual for the Summer Term, these...

MK Vigil – 20.03.19

There will be a vigil at the Milton Keynes Rose this Wednesday, 20th March at 5.30pm to commemorate those who died in the attacks on Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. All are welcome. Let us unite against religious hate crime in all its forms. Further details here

New Year’s Resolutions…

At the start of a new year, many of us make resolutions: Exercise more. Get more sleep. Cut out that extra biscuit with your morning cup of tea (ahem…) Have you thought about how you can enhance your faith journey this year? Well Mission Partnership can help you with that! coMPass is the guide to adult learning about Christian faith across Milton Keynes. It’s purpose is to build capacity for mission by helping you to find new or renewed excitement, depth and confidence in Christian faith. “I enjoy all the coMPass courses!” “Heartfelt thanks for such a wonderfully researched and presented course. We...

Plans for the New Year

Dear All With Trustees’ agreement, I am taking the period Jan-Mar to focus on a particular project planning for a learning hub in the city. Accordingly, I will not be available for other activity/meetings/service leading in the usual way until April. In that vein, can I ask please that you use the office email missionpartnership@talktalk.net rather than my personal work email account for anything other than learning hub correspondence as that will help to prevent me being drawn back into the “day job” and losing focus. Many thanks and wishing you A Blessed New Year. John