Author: Ann Harris

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

Where are we going in Milton Keynes? “Milton Keynes is set to double in size, swelling to a population of half a million (500,000)  over the next three decades.” That’s the recommendation from the government’s National Infrastructure Commission as part of the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford ‘knowledge arc’, as reported in the MK Citizen earlier this year. Clearly all this brings great opportunity: for business, jobs, housing and a whole range of accompanying developments. Along with all the excitement of expansion comes responsibility too—parts of MK are in urgent need of regeneration and the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report...

May Monthly Mailing

Here is the May Information Sheet containing lots of Events and News: MP Information Sheet – May 2018 Please find below a poster for one of the events: Children Worldwide Seminar – May 2018 And some further information to accompany the Information Sheet Care in Mind Leaflet

Funding Opportunity – The Cinnamon Network

We were delighted to hear from Paul Garratt of the Cinnamon Network earlier this year. Cinnamon is a national organisation established to enable churches to get involved in community action. They provide churches with the choice of over 30 Recognised Projects from four categories: creating safe places for children and young people creating safer communities supporting families fighting poverty Having secured some financing from Thames Valley Police, they are keen to speak to church leaders in Milton Keynes. Would you like to be involved? If you would, do let us know. This is a fantastic opportunity to get projects off...

April Monthly Mailing

Apologies for the delay posting this – website problems! Here is the April Information Sheet containing lots of Events and News: MP Information Sheet – April 2018 Please find below posters/further information for two of the events: All Saints Loughton Concert – April 2018 Bridgebuilder Big Football Day Out – May 2018 And some other flyers/information to accompany the Information Sheet Holy Habits poster Holy Habits flyer Taize leaflet 2018 Spiritual Direction Course leaflet 2018-19  

Rev. Hugh Cross

The April CTe-News contains a reflective piece on Rev. Hugh Cross who died in December. Hugh was Ecumenical Moderator of Milton Keynes Christian Council, the forerunner of Milton Keynes Mission Partnership, from 1990 – 1995. See also our news item here. There will be a Thanksgiving Service for Hugh’s life and work on Saturday 21st April at 3.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1DQ and afterwards at The Tumbling Weir Hotel, Canaan Way, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1AQ. If you wish to attend, for catering purposes, please could you email Allan Cross on across@tmn.co.uk.

May Newsletter

Dear Friends, You may have heard about our Leading for a Change programme. We take a group of ten to fifteen people, give them some basic tools in community organising, and invite them to make a difference to Milton Keynes. We give ongoing support through what we call “action learning sets” as people wrestle with what to do and how to go about it and see what happens. This is our second year and I am very much looking forward to seeing what emerges this year. The community organising model we use is much the same as that utilised by...

coMPass Courses – Summer 2018

As the Summer Term approaches, we are delighted to offer 4 different courses/trips. Once again, and responding to demand, we have a mixture of day trips, shorter courses and a half day retreat at St Michael’s Priory for the coming term. The Bible at the Museum and Library – 2 evening sessions on a Tuesday at Cross & Stable, Downs Barn, starting 10th April. Followed by a day trip to the British Museum and British Library on Saturday 28th April. Led by Peter Ballantine and Steve Chilcraft. Numbers are limited. Away from it all….at least for the morning: Recharging the batteries...

April Newsletter

Dear Friends, Whenever I approach Holy Week and Easter, I am moved by the story of Jesus in Gethsemane. At what is the critical moment for Jesus in preparing for what is to come, he expresses a need to pray and asks his friends to be with him. The path before Jesus is one that he must tread alone: it will be a terrifying and very lonely journey. So in Gethsemane, even though he will pray alone, he wants company, asking Peter, James and John to be there for him. As we all know, they fall asleep, not just once,...

March Assembly

A reminder that our next Assembly meeting will be held on: Wednesday 7th March 2018 7.30pm at Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES The minutes of the last meeting can be found here We will be looking at the live issue of Loneliness. HeartFM report that more people in MK are lonely than elsewhere. “A new health strategy has revealed there is a greater social isolation in the city, and that could get worse as it’s population of over-85s is predicted to rocket by 86% by 2030“. (Click here for the full article) It has also...