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 shows, among a range of issues, that there are great health inequalities and significant child poverty concerns.
So where are the churches in all of this? How best can we worship, witness and work to help make Milton Keynes: A City Alive to God? How should we organise ourselves going forward? What resources do we need? How shall we develop our Vision? Where is God already at work and where can we join in?
As John Robertson, our Director of Ecumenical Mission, has challenged us to think: How best can we engage with the needs of the city? (Jeremiah 29:7—”Seek the welfare of the city …. And pray to the Lord on its behalf … for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
Various bodies and groups are looking keenly at ways ahead and at the Mission Partnership Assembly on 11 July (which is also the AGM, though business will be kept to the most efficient minimum we can achieve!) we will be opening up this subject and giving you a chance to learn more and to contribute. In turn, we hope this gives you energy to go and discuss, plan and take action on ways forward that will enhance your ‘corner of the vineyard’ – or even across broader horizons!
Mission Partnership AGM ♦ Wednesday 11 July at 7.30pm
at Whaddon Way Church, Bletchley
Everyone is very welcome
MK Mission Partnership
pdf version to download – Mission Partnership Newsletter June 2018