Author: Ann Harris

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W.I.S.E. ( Women-Integrating-Supporting- Educating)

WISE is a group for women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, inspiring and challenging them to embrace a closer Christian experience.  WISE has been meeting at The Church of Christ the Cornerstone, but open to women from any church and none. Tabitha Douglas has led the group and is looking for those who would like to join, but also those who would work in leadership with her. Over the past year individuals have been helped to develop their prayer life through studying the Scriptures and engaging in questions and discussions; sharing and exploring what God is saying to us...

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Newsletter October 2013

    Mission Partnership Newsletter October 2013   Dear Friends,   Did you know that the Anglican-Methodist Covenant has now been around for 10 years? I have to admit, the 10th anniversary would have slipped by me if a review had not been published recently under the title The Challenge of the Covenant: Uniting in Mission and Holiness. The whole report makes interesting reading, but there is a particularly good (and short!) biblical meditation at the beginning at which I would encourage you to take a closer look. For me, the most interesting aspect is the question of how unity...

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Fresh expressions mission shaped ministry

A year to be equipped in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church. Mission shaped ministry is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church. Run ecumenically, msm has been presented over 90 times across the UK with more than 2850 participants – and it is also offered internationally. A course is being run m0nthly in Leicester from 8th February 2014. Cost £195 per person (£180 if you book before 6th January) which covers all materials, meals and refreshments. For more details...

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Queen Eleanor crosses cycle ride

Over the Bank Holiday 26 cyclists pedalled through Milton Keynes as part of a fund raising initiative. Their route from Lincoln to London followed the route of  Queen Eleanor’s coffin. When she died Edward 1 erected a cross at every town where her coffin rested overnight and one of these places was Stony Stratford. Although the cross no longer stands a plaque commemorating it can be seen in the High Street.  The cyclists stopped for lunch at the Methodist Church in Stony. The ride finished at Eleanor’s tomb in Westminster Abbey where a short service was held. It is hoped the...

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Put old unwanted tools to good use

Tools for Self Reliance Milton Keynes is a charity that helps adults with learning difficulties to improve themselves and to play a more active part in society. They do this by operating a workshop where volunteers refurbish unwanted hand tools. These tools are then sent to people in developing countries who use them to earn a living. If this appeals to you in any way, please get in touch. They are always keen to hear from people who have tools to donate, or who can spare some of their time to be a workshop volunteer. If you would like to drop...

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Mission Partnership Newsletter June 2013

Dear Friends,                          On May 12th something took place which may well turn out to have considerable significance for the life of the Church in Milton Keynes. On May 12th, the Church of the Holy Cross, Two Mile Ash held a service ‘to celebrate the transformation of this community church’ as the invitations put it.  The transformation they had in mind was the joining in partnership of the existing fellowship in the church with a group of Nigerian Anglicans to form one congregation, integrated into the Watling Valley Partnership. The occasion was lively and joyous with about a hundred people...

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The attack on Granby Mosque

I was appalled to hear of the violent attack on the Granby Mosque on Friday. Christians across the city will be united in their condemnation of this act and want to stand alongside their Muslim neighbours at this time. As Richard Wightman has made clear from his position as chair of the Council of Faiths, there is a clear commitment amongst the various faith groups to toleration and understanding. I would also echo Richard’s words on behalf of the Council of Faiths that the actions of those responsible for the murder of Lee Rigby are to be utterly deplored and that the...