Dear Friends,

Well, 2020 is upon us! Certainly this new year already feels more challenging than most as we look into the unknown future which Brexit will bring, watch the terrifying consequences of global warming in the Australian bushfires and hear the alarming reports following the recent assassination of an Iranian general.

In view of the three challenges noted above, it seems very timely that one of our coMPass courses this Spring will be looking at “what the Bible says…” in relation to church/state relationships, the environment and war and peace amongst other things. Alongside that, we will be running a course on prayer and taking something of a departure in offering a daytime course particularly for parents wanting to nurture their children in Christian faith: please do point anyone who would benefit from this in the direction of the course, they may not see the leaflets! I would also encourage you to sign up as early as possible, as this can affect the viability of courses significantly. All the details are here

We are delighted that ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) is coming to MK in February and convening four evening meetings aimed at bringing together community groups and agencies from across the spectrum, including the churches, to celebrate the good work going on and to identify new ways of working together for the well-being of the city. This is an ideal opportunity to engage in effective mission through partnership for the common good and I would encourage you to book a place at one of the four locations in Grange Farm on 4th February, Monkston Park on the 5th, Water Eaton on the 24th and for the MK as a whole on the 25th. You can find details at www.roc.uk.com/events/

As some of you may remember from our last Assembly, there was a groundswell of interest in another Mission Fair. We have taken that suggestion up and have booked the church centre at Water Eaton, home of St.Frideswide’s and Spurgeon’s Baptist Churches on Saturday March 21st. This will be an opportunity to discover the wide breadth of mission activities in the city, get some ideas, learn about mission and perhaps find a new area where you could get involved as we continue to seek MK: a City Alive to God. Do put the date in your diary now and further details will be made available soon. Please note that the Mission Fair will take the place of the usual March Assembly.

Every Blessing,

John

pdf version to download – Mission Partnership Newsletter – January 2020