Jubilee prayers for Milton Keynes

An Ecumenical Partnership event for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 and Milton Keynes’ 50th  anniversary is taking place on Thursday January 19.

Christ Church, Stantonbury is hosting a prayer event called ‘Jubilee Prayer for our city’.

Come and join local Christians from different churches gathering to pray for the shalom of our city and local communities.

The evening will begin and end with worship together in different styles, and in-between there will be prayer stations for people to visit.

Refreshments from 7.15pm.

The poster for the Jubilee prayers event can be downloaded here.

New Archdeacon set to visit New Bradwell

The new Anglican Archdeacon of Buckingham, the Ven Guy Elsmore, is coming to St James, New Bradwell on Sunday January 15.

After taking the 10am service he will be able to stay on for an early

Parish Bring and Share Lunch. Members of all six churches in our Partnership are invited to join us for the shared lunch and to meet our Archdeacon.

We appreciate you will most likely want to worship in your own congregation that morning, but please feel welcome to join us as soon as you can from about 11.45am. This is a get-to-know you visit from our new archdeacon.

Further information from Paul Smith (01908) 606689 or paul.a.smith.mk@btinternet.com

Evangelism leader set for Woburn event

A major evangelism event called Just One with up to 40,000 people is to be staged at the home of Arsenal FC – the Emirates Stadium – in north London next July.

Canon J JOhn

Evangelism leader Canon J John.

But you don’t have to wait until then to hear evangelism leader Canon J John as a training event open to all is being held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn, on Wednesday January 18 at 7.30pm.

The aim of Canon J John’s visit will be to encourage and equip all towards more effective friendship evangelism with advice on how to share our faith naturally.

Canon J John says: “The act of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is called evangelism. Evangelism is the cry of Jesus as he weeps over lost people. Evangelism is the whole work of the whole church for the whole age.

“The gospel is not something we come to church to hear, it is something we go from church to tell.”

For more information about the Just One event at the Emirates visit www.justone.co.uk.

Booking for the event at Woburn is essential as places are limited – entrance is free but donations will be taken to support Just One. To book visit https://jjohn-naturalevangelism.eventbrite.co.uk

The poster for January’s training event can be downloaded here.

New MK course for lay leadership

A new course to develop lay leadership called Leading For A Change is to begin in Milton Keynes in January.

The object of the programme is to equip and empower people as Christians to bring about positive change including 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 which takes place at the beginning of the course and an action phase which follows during which participants will take on a Change Project. This latter phase will be supported by regular action learning sets.

The Teaching Course beginning with an all day session on Saturday January 14 will be led by John Robertson and Tim Norwood with Action Learning Sets in the charge of Tom Bulman, Katharine Crowsley and Phil Wason

The cost is £80 and there are 15 places available for the programme. Venues for the course have yet to be decided. For more details download the leaflet here.