Author: Ann Harris

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

coMPass – Spring 2019

In order to really focus on Scripture, we have decided to concentrate on one coMPass course during the Spring 2019 Term. We are very excited to offer the following: God’s Big Story – in bite-sized bits : The Drama of Salvation in Six Acts What is the Bible about?  How do we understand something so complex in a meaningful way? Is there a central, unifying message?  Much of it is narrative or in poetic form and uses unfamiliar concepts, rather than direct instruction, so why is that important today?  What are its key moments?  In just eight sessions we will survey...

November Newsletter – issue 2

Dear Friends, “I am Ashurbanipal” arrives as an exhibition at the British Museum this winter. I, for one, can’t wait to go and see it. Why? Well, Ashurbanipal was the most powerful man on the planet in his day. He governed the vast and ancient empire of Assyria (centred in what is now northern Iraq) for nearly forty years through a combination of a ruthless war machine and organisational genius. In his spare time, he built up the very first systematically collected and catalogued library in the world, with the intention of having a copy of every book worth having....

November Newsletter

Dear Friends, At prayer this morning, the Bible reading for the day was the opening few verses of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In reading it, I was struck by the depth of passion that Paul expresses for that fledgling church. He talks of  “holding you all in my heart” and  “yearning for you all with the affection of Christ”, sentiments that keep recurring in different ways throughout the letter. This contrasts with a kind of distance that I note at times in the way we (and I include myself in this) speak about the church: it can feel like...

Milton Keynes Council of Faiths – Grant Applications

The Milton Keynes Council of Faiths have grants available. If you have any projects which would promote inter-faith relations, then please complete the grant application form below and return it to Douglas McCall, email: douglas.mccall6@btinternet.com, by Wednesday 31st October 2018. Applications will be considered at the November meeting of the Council of Faiths. More information about the MK Council of Faiths can be found here pdf version of the Grant Application Form For a version in word, please email missionpartnership@talktalk.net

October Newsletter

Dear Friends, In a poem which marks a critical turning point for R.S.Thomas, he resolves to go “onward to the tall city of glass that is the laboratory of the spirit.” Thomas is writing here about the experience of prayer, but the words could easily be applied to Milton Keynes and the challenge of being the church here. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to claim that Milton Keynes has always been a laboratory: experiment is in its DNA. That is true of the initial planning of the city, of the way that the plan has developed and changed and of the...

September Monthly Mailing

Here is the September Information Sheet containing lots of Events, News and three Job Vacancies MP Information Sheet – September 2018 Please find below posters/flyers for some of the events: St Mary’s Day Celebration – Sept 2018 Stuart Townend flyer – Sept 2018 The Healing Power of God – Oct 2018 Garth Hewitt concert – Oct 2018 Sanctuary Training – Oct 2018

coMPass – Autumn 2018

We are pleased to announce our Autumn 2018 coMPass courses which are: What in God’s Name Are We Doing? – What drives our mission? Let’s explore together how faith makes some of our key initiatives tick. Monday Evenings at St Andrew’s Church, Great Linford.  A Go(o)d Argument – Science and faith in dialogue  – Isn’t science fundamentally opposed to faith? Hasn’t science proved God to be irrelevant and religion just hocus-pocus? Doesn’t the God-theory just fill the gaps that science hasn’t yet understood? These are big questions: let’s tackle them together!  Wednesday Evenings at St Michael’s Priory, Willen. Full details...