Author: Ann Harris

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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...

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VentureFX Report for 2012 from Rob Winn

Venture:MK It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in Milton Keynes nearly a year already. And I’m still finding new places and making new friends. As I approach the end of my first year, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the last 12 months and highlight a few events that I felt were significant.  January 2012 January was a month of getting to know people, forming ideas and finding my way around! It was in that first month that I made many useful contacts and many new friends. Early on I formed a good link...

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Christian Foundation

Having an interesting conversation at the moment about reconnecting the Christian Foundation with the churches. The extraordinary work of the Foundation with young people through its various social enterprise projects seems to have gone rather unnoticed of late: I keep coming across people who are unaware of what it does and when they see for themselves are blown away by it.  I can’t help thinking that if each of the churches made a real connection with one of the projects here  – the Urban Farm, the construction, recycling, motor mechanic, catering outlets – then not only would the Foundation be...

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Signs of Hope

  MISSIONPARTNERSHIP NEWSLETTER December – January 2012  Signs of Hope Dear friends As a child, one of the real signals for me that Christmas was on its way was the arrival of the Advent calendar. I delighted in opening each of the doors knowing that it meant Christmas was one day closer each time. Advent, for me, was simply the run up to Christmas. It was only much later that I discovered that Advent’s focus was not really Christmas but the future, the establishment of God’s rule and glory for all to see and know. Where we now glimpse signs...