Author: Ann Harris

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...

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...

December Newsletter

Dear Friends, It was good to be part of the Fight Against Hate day of action at Cornerstone recently, to hear the moving stories of those who have been victims of hate crime and witness the pledges by the police, Council and Arriva bus company to address the issue in concrete terms. The event was important in itself, but I also came away reflecting on the power of such things to change our city for the better and on the importance of the churches working in partnership with others to effect that change. Surely this is central to being engaged...

November Monthly Mailing

Here is the November Information Sheet containing lots of Events and News: MP Information Sheet – November 2017 Please find below posters/flyers for some of the events: The Call MK Peace & Justice Network Meeting – Oct 2017 The Reformation Remembered and Celebrated – Nov 2017 The Reformation 500th Anniversary – Nov 2017 CBA Footsteps Pathway Day – Nov 2017 Bridgebuilder Barn Dance – Nov 2017 St Mary’s Woughton Christmas Bazaar – Nov 2017  

Fight Against Hate Campaign – Day of Action 18.10.17

Children from Summerfield Primary School sang to the chief police officer and other city leaders at the city church in a plea for more action on hate crime. In a day of action organised by Citizens:mk, as part of national Hate Crime Awareness week, the school choir sang a specially composed song, ‘Love is stronger than hate’. “People look different, but inside we’re all the same,” the children sang.  “If we stand up strong together, we can stamp out hate forever.” Clapped on by 75 supporters from 16 MK faith, education and business organisations, the song helped to secure specific...

Where’s Jesus?

News from MKChurches At Christmas, we usually run a big media campaign linked to “Christmas Starts with Christ”.  We’ve used some fun radio ads based on football matches, chat shows, and police chases… This year we’ve picked the theme “Where’s Jesus?” because we want to remind people that Jesus was born so God could be with us.  The message of the Gospel is for everyone – particularly for those who normally feel left out, or left behind. We’re making three new radio ads based on this theme, and we’ve got a new website: WheresJesus.uk It promises to be an exciting year!...

Vital Signs MK 2017

Vital Signs MK is an annual publication produced by Milton Keynes Community Foundation, designed to round up the most current research on the communities of Milton Keynes and present it in an easy-to-read format. Vital Signs points to our strengths and to the challenges we face as a city. This year Vital Signs Research focuses on | Disadvantage and Poverty | Health and Wellbeing | Mental Health | Crime and Safety | Economy | The Report can be viewed or downloaded here John talks about the Report in his November Newsletter, in particular highlighting the Mental Health findings.