Author: Ann Harris

Learning Hub : July Assembly follow up

At our July Assembly we discussed the idea of a Learning Hub for MK. Since then, I have been looking at what was said and sharing it with others so that it can inform our way forward. As part of the analysis, I constructed the word picture below, which gives a good visual sense of what came across as important. My September newsletter gives the headlines of the analysis. A good deal of work is, of course, being done behind the scenes, but we will also want to continue to consult with you as the project develops. Blessings John

Amazing Grace Pilgrimage Walk and Concert

The organising committee of the Amazing Grace Pilgrimage Walk, marking the 240th anniversary of the word-famous hymn Amazing Grace, invite you to take part in this wonderful celebration by walking from the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in Central MK to Olney, the home of Amazing Grace (11 miles) to mark a truly international hymn and, at the same time, raise funds for good causes in Milton Keynes and abroad. All the details, including registration, can be found here.  There will be a special service at St Peter and Paul Church Olney to mark the conclusion of the Pilgrimage Walk. The service will begin...

coMPass – Autumn 2019 – Bookings now open!

  We are now taking bookings for our Autumn coMPass courses. Leading for a Change, led by our Director of Ecumenical Mission John Robertson, is our programme designed to equip and empower you as a Christian to bring about positive change through missional projects. The kinds of change envisaged lie within two broad categories: Change initiated together with community partners. This may have a focus on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marks of Mission Change which initiates new missional projects within the church The course adopts a community organising model developed by Citizens:MK within a Christian framework by which Christian...

September Newsletter

Dear Friends, Firstly, a big thank you to all of you who made the time to come to the last Assembly where we explored together the idea of a Learning Hub. I hope you found the event as stimulating and as useful as I did. From my point of view, it was really helpful to get a feel for what you think is important and to test our ideas against that. I am happy (and somewhat relieved!) to report that there is considerable overlap between what we think we need to be doing and what you told us. We can...

Milton Keynes Council of Faiths – Grant Applications 2019

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 Thursday 31st October 2019 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 form – Grant Application Form 2019 For a version in word, please email missionpartnership@talktalk.net

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...