Author: Ann Harris

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Mission Partnership Newsletter May 2013

Dear friends, Not long after I arrived in MK, I discovered that one of my first tasks was to lead the Annual Reflection Morning for the Mission Partnership. We met in Stony Stratford over coffee and croissants and through the lens of the Five Marks of Mission began a process of bringing to voice the good things already happening here and discerning God’s call on us for the next steps of our journey together. Over the year, I’ve used the same approach around the different LEPs and so developed a platform to put together and refine a strategy for the...

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Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford plays host to the Queen on Maundy Thursday

Members from Milton Keynes were among the 87 men and 87 women who received Maundy money from Her Majesty the Queen; one man and one woman is chosen for every year of the Queen’s age. They each received a red purse containing a £5 coin, which is given in lieu of clothing and a white purse containing the Maundy money – 1, 2, 3 and 4p pieces, totalling 87p (equal to the Queen’s age) all specially minted for the occasion and paid for by the Privy Purse. The Yeoman of the Guard were present at the ceremony and carried the...

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Mission and the New Ecumenism

Mission and the New Ecumenism talk given by Rev. Dr. Roger Paul, National Ecumenical Officer for the Church of England to the Milton Keynes Mission Partnership Assembly 13th March 2013 MK History The Church in MK • A Master Plan – Build church buildings in new development areas • Ecumenical • Community centres – Do as much as we can together • Areas of Ecumenical Experiment – Unified oversight • Moderator • Coinciding boundaries 60’s and 70’s – ecumenical dreams • Optimism • Vision of Organic Unity – United Reformed Church 1972 – The Anglican Methodist Unity Scheme 1969/1972 –...

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Mission Partnership newsletter April 2013

Dear friends Change is in the air! With a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury, both bringing a fresh approach to their roles there is a positive sense of excitement, even in the media, as to what that might bring. Christian faith, of course, is in the business of discovering new life and fresh hope even or especially when things look bleak. I am reminded of Rowan Williams’ reflection on Easter as signaling a God for whom ‘no defeat is final’. In MK we have had, perhaps, an unfair share of ‘defeat’ with the loss of optimism surrounding...

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Keeping Romance in Marriage

Romantic Candlelight  Guest Couples   A group of 13 couples who were married over the last two years in the Stantonbury Partnership churches were invited to attend a 3-course slap up dinner prepared by volunteers in the parish. With their vicars acting as waiters, couples enjoyed a romantic meal in specially created restaurant surroundings at the Cross & Stable church, on the evening after Valentine’s. After dinner speakers, Revs Chris and Brian Howden, spoke about the 5 languages of love to encourage the newlyweds to enrich their marriages. The team of minister-waiters dressed up in DJ’s and a toast was proposed...

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Young People in Mission 2

Representatives from Bridgebuilder and Mission Partnership met last week, over coffee, to share ideas and plans for the proposed HOPE MK mission project with young people from a number of churches. The event is due to take place in October half term 2013. The plan is for students to spend each weekday morning engaged in prayer, teaching and team building and then go out to get involved in practical mission projects in the afternoons. They’ll then finish the week with a celebration on the Friday evening! You could be involved… watch out for updates or contact us to ask more!

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Speaking Faith: a Conversation

I’ve been musing recently on the kinds of things which inhibit us from speaking about our faith with others. Some are obvious: a sometimes caustic secular environment, shyness, not feeling knowledgeable enough, fear of giving offence or upsetting delicate relationships….the list is pretty long! One possibility lies in the health of our own faith. We may have had a good grounding in faith many years ago, but somehow, if we are honest, it doesn’t any longer quite measure up to the challenges life throws at us.  Is it OK to express our doubts and, if we do, is there firmer ground to...

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Young People in Mission

HOPE MK Churches in Milton Keynes are excited to be launching HOPE MK.  At a gathering of church leaders and visionaries back in November, they dreamed together of how they could impact the city by empowering young people to do local mission and encouraging churches to work together more closely. At the gathering Phil Timson, Youth Director for HOPE, said: “Wouldn’t it be awesome to see young people leading the way in Milton Keynes in demonstrating and sharing the love of God with people who might never get to a church. They will take a risk for Jesus and as...

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Mission Partnership Newsletter for March 2013

Dear friends, As we move through Lent, we get closer to that central formative story of our Christian faith, the passion narrative of Jesus. Engaging with that story, of course, has a profound effect on our own story: in the light of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we understand ourselves differently. Deliberately returning to that story year by year, as Lent invites us to do, exposing ourselves once again to its life-changing power, we find an ever deeper response to its meaning and its call upon our lives. What happens when we engage in mission is an echo of...