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Job Vacancy: Methodist Circuit Administrator

An exciting new opportunity is available for a Circuit Administrator to support the Superintendent Minister in administrative tasks and communication to enhance the mission and ministry of the Milton Keynes Methodist Circuit.

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Job Vacancies: MK Christian Foundation

MK Christian Foundation currently have the following job vacancies: Cycle Saviours – Cycle Mechanic/Trainer, Childcare Pathways – Early Years Practitioner, Foundation Training – Functional Skills Teaching Assistant, Foundation Training – Assessor Employability Skills

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Church leaders condemn racism towards England footballers

Church leaders, leading Christian sports organisations and millennial leaders have joined with society to condemn the vile, racist abuse that was poured out over social media following England’s defeat in the final of the UEFA European Football Championship.

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After the Covid-19 legal restrictions are lifted

The UK Government has announced that they will remove outstanding legal restrictions in England on social contact, life events, face coverings, and the closure of venues on 19 July 2021. For churches this will mean that with the removal of legal restrictions comes a fresh set of decisions about what ‘responsible’ actions should now be taken.

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‘For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!’

Milton Keynes featured in a recent edition of the Diocese of Oxford eNews. Read about the new deanery plan and watch Rev Catherine Butt of St Frideswide’s Water Eaton talking about the challenges and opportunities of parish life in MK and how the congregation is ‘giving itself away’ as a diocesan resourcing hub.

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Assembly AGM

Our Assembly AGM will be held on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 7.30pm via Zoom

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Churches Together in England encourages full vaccine take-up

Churches in England have been strong supporters of the take-up of the Covid-19 vaccines, and as we approach the final push to vaccinate all adults in the UK, Revd Dr Paul Goodliff, Chuches Together in England General Secretary, encourages everyone for whom the vaccination is suitable to have their vaccine when invited.

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Trustee Vacancies

At the June Assembly AGM we have the capacity to elect up to four new trustees to the Trustee body in line with our Constitution. Could this be an opportunity for you to come and work with others, to be a ‘critical friend’ in the life and development of MKMP?

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Post Pentecost Reflections 2021: ‘Wildfires’

Starting Today, we are delighted to be able to share some more Reflections written by Rev Matt Trendall. This series of Reflections – which we’re calling ‘Wildfires’ – reflects on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, from the first verses of Genesis, to the last verses of Revelation.

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gentlespaces – for those who are grieving – update

We told you in January that our gentlespaces initiative for bereavement support would be available via zoom. We are delighted to say that, with Lockdown measures easing, we are once again able to make gentlespaces available in the physical space.

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Candle of Justice: a moment of action on 25 May

Join Churches Together in England on 25 May 2021 for Candle of Justice: a moment of action – commemorating the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. The Candle of Justice will be a moment to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking personal and institutional action to tackle racial injustice in our society and our churches.

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National church service will mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s killing

An array of senior church leaders from Britain and Ireland will call for justice at a national church service marking the first anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2021. Entitled Doing Justice: A National Service of Reflection on the Anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, the service will host senior church leaders and local Christians at the New Testament Church of God in Brixton, south London.

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Constance Coltman Book Launch

Constance Coltman was the first woman ordained in a UK denomination over 100 years ago. Constance, and her husband Claud, ministered in Wolverton from 1932 to 1940. Join contributors of ‘Constance – Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher’ for the book’s official launch on Tuesday 18th May.

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ROC Tele-mentoring project MK

Many of you will be aware of the ROC (Redeeming our Communities) initiative in the city. As one of a number of projects that it is bringing to life, the ROC Tele-Mentors Community Mentoring programme is aimed at supporting people going through tough times in our community.

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Thy Kingdom Come 2021

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start on 13 May and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost to 23 May.

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Summer coMPass courses

This Summer we will be running two coMPass courses: The Virtual Museum: the Bible in (about!) 20 Objects and Approaching Creation: Windows on the Divine.

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Rev Gordon Simmonds

It is with sadness we inform you of the death of Rev Gordon Simmonds on 19th February. Gordon was the Methodist Superintendent in MK from the late 1970s to the early 1980s and played a significant role in the development of ecumenism in Milton Keynes.

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Spring Assembly

At our Spring Assembly on Tuesday 9th March we will take the opportunity to explain something of Mission Partnership itself and take away some of the mystery!

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March Newsletter

The first Sunday in Lent always centres around those strange and disturbing texts in the gospels which tell the story of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. It has often struck me that there is a “fourth temptation” which precedes the other three and without which there is no story at all, indeed there is no story about Jesus at all.

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Prayer for the Nation

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, have issued a call to the nation to pause and reflect – remembering the more than 100,000 people across the UK who have died after contracting Covid-19, and all those who know and love them.

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February Newsletter

Phew! January has proved an exceptionally busy month already. Apart from the usual round of meetings, a number of significant projects are now launched or about to be launched. For ease of presentation, I’ll list what’s happening…

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Prayers for our NHS

PrayMK writes: Let’s pray for our NHS. Here are some pointers written by a senior A&E nurse in a large teaching hospital.

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The Vine – a place to grow your discipleship

What are your hopes and dreams for your faith in 2021? At the Mission Partnership we want to help you realise the best of your discipleship through a new scheme which we are calling The Vine. This follows on from our November Assembly when we explored intentional discipleship groups together.

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gentlespaces – for those who are grieving – update

Back in October we told you about gentlespaces, the network of bereavement support groups we are setting up across Milton Keynes. We are delighted to say that we have now revised our offer to make it available via zoom until such time as we are able to meet physically with more consistency.

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Spring coMPass courses

This Spring we will be running three coMPass courses: ‘What shall we tell the kids?’, ‘Worship: a Spring Clean’ and ‘Being a resilient church’.

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Epiphany Reflections 2021: ‘Looking for Light

We hope you enjoyed our Advent Reflections 2020: ‘Hidden in Christ’. We’re pleased to introduce a new series of reflections for the Season of Epiphany written by Rev. Matt Trendall – Epiphany Reflections 2021: ‘Looking for Light’.

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Intentional Discipleship Groups

After our lively Assembly in November, we are following up the great enthusiasm we heard for being part of intentional discipleship groups. We have earmarked Wednesday 10th February at 7.30pm for a training session at which we will also launch a scheme for such groups.

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Youthwork+

MK based Youthwork+ write: “To cut a long story short, we believe God gave us a passion to be champions for young people and to encourage, support and empower work with children and young people. In 2019 somehow, we ended up in the right place at the right time (God’s timing!) to start working towards setting up Youthwork+ as a non profit…

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Cornerstone Advent Carol Service

Adrian Boynton writes: “As you know, we have just entered the season of Advent. One of the very special occasions of our musical year at The Church of Christ the Cornerstone is the Advent Carol Service, held on Advent Sunday.”

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The Longest Night

Not everyone is looking forward to Christmas. This may be a difficult time of year for you, maybe for the first time, or perhaps it always is. On 21st December Watling Valley Partnership will be sharing a video service called ‘The Longest Night’ – a space for you to be real about the feelings you hold deep in your heart.

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Advent Reflections 2020

Under the heading “Crisis, Challenge and Commitment….responding to Covid 19” our Assembly this week explored how we strengthen our discipleship together by looking at some very simple questions which arise from the letter to the Colossians.

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#PrayerfortheNation – a call to prayer

“Across the world, Covid-19 has brought much sadness to many. ‘On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable.’ says the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

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November Assembly

Our next Assembly will be held on Wednesday 25th November 2020 via zoom. The topic will be ‘Crisis, Challenge & Commitment …..responding to Covid 19’

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Assembly News

61 people attended our Assembly in July, our first via Zoom. Thank you so much to...

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Assembly Survey

Mission Partnership Assembly AGM Tuesday 7th July 2020, 7.30pm via Zoom In preparation...

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Steve Chilcraft

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the death earlier today after a...

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Assembly AGM

Our Assembly AGM will be held on Tuesday 7th July, 7.30pm via Zoom. All the papers for...

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Assembly AGM – July 2020

The World “After” Covid. Life is changing… ….what are we noticing? ….what will shape the “new normal”? …. what is God asking of us? Bring your Ideas, Listen to Others, Dream the Future

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June Newsletter

Dear Friends, I guess most of us have been wrestling with that difficult question: where...

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MK ACT

MK Deanery writes: "In 2018, Milton Keynes Deanery Synod decided to make Domestic Abuse...

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May Newsletter

Dear Friends, This Lent, we have taken our annual journey towards Jerusalem and its...

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April Newsletter

Dear Friends, It has been a privilege to take part in some of the conversations run by...

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March Newsletter

Dear Friends We come to another Lent: time to give up chocolate, promise to be a better...

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