Author: Ann Harris

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...

MK Mission Partnership Reps

Dear Friends As we approach the season of annual meetings and elections and appointments to various church offices are being made, please consider the MP Rep role carefully. The landscape is changing considerably at the moment, although that may not be immediately apparent: the Diocese is indicating a significant interest in MK and is in constant conversation with the Mission Partnership about how it might most helpfully engage the Mission Partnership itself is considering how it structures itself to enable a greater focus on delivery of mission objectives the vision, MK: a City Alive to God, is becoming widely adopted...

March Newsletter

Dear Friends, I am very much looking forward to our next Assembly when we will be picking up the very live issue of loneliness as our theme.  I want to build on the work of our November Assembly in particular when I suggested that if we wanted to grow in discipleship, if we wanted to “unfreeze” the church, we needed to take our faith out of the church and into the city and try and make a difference there. The idea for the evening is to explore how we can make a real difference in our communities, using some of...

March Assembly

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile and pray to the Lord on its behalf for in its welfare you will find your welfare” – Jeremiah 29:7 In John’s last newsletter he highlighted statistics which reveal some of the social issues which face Milton Keynes as a city. One of those issues is Loneliness: “some areas of the city come within the bottom 10% nationally for the risk 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,...

February Monthly Mailing

Here is the February Information Sheet containing lots of Events and News: MP Information Sheet – February 2018 Please find below posters/flyers for some of the events: Quiet Day – Love and the littleness of God – Feb 2018 Visit My Mosque – Feb 2018 Hope in Prison Day – February 2018 And an opportunity to run a cafe in Milton Keynes! OTC Cafe Advert final    

Rev. Hugh Cross

We were very sad to learn of the death of Rev. Hugh Cross before Christmas. Hugh worked for the British Council of Churches before becoming the Moderator at the MK Christian Council, the forerunner of MK Mission Partnership. He received an MBE in recognition of his work on ecumenism. Judy Rose worked with Hugh and writes: “He was a very gentle and loved leader, good at defusing tensions between denominations and making sure all were heard and understood. He  held the respect and trust of the denominations and their leaders and thus enabled them to take risks and step out...

February Newsletter

Dear Friends, As you will know, I have been exploring the reasons why Milton Keynes is not always a city alive to God. A little bit of burrowing around in the statistics reveals some of the social issues which face us as a city. For instance, consumer debt for the city at the end of 2016 was running at £708 per person which puts us in the bottom 15% nationally; some areas of the city come within the bottom 10% nationally for the risk of loneliness; the category of most concern for the police in MK is domestic violence. All...