Author: Ann Harris

Mission Partnership Assembly next week!

A reminder that our Assembly AGM is next week, Wednesday 10th July, 7.30pm at Whaddon Way Church in Bletchley (Beaverbrook Court, Bletchley, MK3 7JS). All the papers for the meeting can be found here. This includes our Annual Report for 2018-2019.  The focus of this Assembly is our plan to develop a Learning Hub. Read John’s newsletter to find out more, and then come along to the Assembly where we will be discussing the topic in more depth and asking for your ideas for what you feel would be most effective. Everyone is very welcome!

July Newsletter

Dear Friends, It’s that time of the year when a large proportion of the population is consumed by exams. Schools, from year 2 SATS through to GCSEs, vocational qualifications and A-levels are fixated by them. Children and young people are swallowed up by them, hosts of parents rendered anxious. I cannot help thinking of the words of T.S. Eliot: “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries/ Bring us farther from God and nearer...

Opportunities to Help Shape the Future

At the July Assembly AGM we have the capacity to elect up to four new trustees to the Trustee body in line with our Constitution. Could this be an opportunity for you to come and work with others, to be a ‘critical friend’ in the life and development of MKMP? What’s involved? Formally, there are three meetings a year (usually Nov, Feb and the June or July AGM) overseeing the activity of MKMP and in between there are updates from working bodies and groups to keep everyone informed and in touch. If you wish to stand, please would you complete...

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