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 in effective mission through partnership? Surely this is central to seeing MK:a City Alive to God?
One of the ways in which we are helping to equip people for this kind of work is through our Leading for a Change programme which we have been piloting this year. We have been thrilled with how the participants in the programme have grown and begun to make a difference as a result. We are currently looking for new participants to take part in the 2018 programme: if you really want your faith to make a difference to this city, then this may be for you. Details will be available soon, and you may also like to hear from some of this year’s cohort at our November Assembly.
The Assembly is now beginning to take shape. As I said in my last letter, 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. I believe that part of our response may well lie in the Leading for a Change programme which is why we will spend some time looking at that, but we will also pick up some wider issues. I would really value your presence and collective wisdom!
Mission Partnership November Assembly
Christ the Vine, Coffee Hall
7.30pm Wednesday, November 29th
pdf version to download – Mission Partnership Newsletter December 2017