Author: Ann Harris

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...

The Lamb

It was a cold night: the wind numbing, chill; leaving fingers stiff and curled, clumsy for their task; white breath whisked away with grunts and curses in its wake. How they cursed! And who could blame them, playing the midwife on a night like that? The old ewe bleated, imploring them to pull harder, “One more time, then” and there I was, steaming on the mud. Someone picked me up and wiped my mouth clear, wrapping me in a fur ripe with the smell of fox. I shivered with fear and sudden cold. “Picks her moments, that one”, said a...

coMPass courses – Spring 2018

We are delighted to launch our coMPass courses for Spring 2018. We have 3 courses running: Getting to Grips with Paul – Tuesday evenings at Christ the Vine, Coffee Hall – Steve Chilcraft – “Jesus I get, but Paul’s a puzzle.” Start to make sense of Christian faith’s key missionary and thinker with this biblical course. A Go(o)d Argument – Science and faith in dialogue – Thursday evenings at St Michael’s Priory, Willen – Ref Prof Keith Straughan – Isn’t science fundamentally opposed to faith?  Hasn’t science proved God to be irrelevant and religion just hocus-pocus? Doesn’t the God-theory just fill the...

Leading for a Change

‘‘Leading for a Change’’ is our programme to equip and empower you as a Christian to bring about positive change. The kinds of change envisaged lie within two broad categories: Change initiated together with community partners. This may have a focus on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marks of Mission (5 Marks of Mission) Change which initiates new missional projects within the church The course adopts a community organising model developed by Citizens:MK within a Christian framework by which Christian beliefs, values and purposes are expressed and become drivers for change. The course has two distinct phases: a teaching phase...

Next Mission Partnership Assembly

Our next Assembly will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017, 7.30pm at Christ the Vine Community Church, Jonathans, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, MK6 5EG. John writes: “I want us to explore the reasons why Milton Keynes is not always a city alive to God to see if we can address root issues in a structured and effective manner. We have already been doing some thinking in this area and I want to show you where that thinking is taking us so that you can engage with us and help us find the next steps we need to take.” We believe that part...