What do Christians believe?

If are wondering what the meaning of life is and are seeking information about Christianity and what we believe we have provided a link to the Christianity website.

There you will find lots of information about our faith which we hope will answer some, if not all, of your questions.

Visit the Christianity website at : www.christianity.org.uk

There you will find all About Jesus.

Please also remember that you will be most welcome to attend any of the six churches in the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership. Service details for the churches can also be found on this site.

All you need to know about weddings

People enquiring about weddings will often ask about costs.

The information below is a simple guide for weddings in the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership in 2015.

Legal Fees

These are normally £445.  There may be some small additional costs due to the fees for reading of Banns in other parishes for some couples (Church of England weddings) or for Marriage Certificates (Free Church weddings).

Organ and Organist

£90

Verger

£40

Bells (e.g. peal of 6)

£140 (available at St Lawrence, Bradwell; Cross and Stable, Downs Barn and St Andrew’s, Great Linford). £30 at St Mary Magdelene, Willen.

There will be local arrangements in each church for flowers and for the cost of heating and there will be an additional charge for permission to video record the service (including copyright permission).

QUALIFYING CRITERIA

It is important that you ascertain as soon as possible whether you meet the criteria to qualify for a wedding in one of the Partnership churches.

These are essentially:

Church of England weddings

Residence in the parish

and/or

Membership of the electoral roll of any church in the parish

and/or

Other qualifying connection (you can find out more on the Church of England website www.churchofengland.org)

Free Church weddings

Habitual worship at the church

and/or

Residence in the area.

If you have been married before or are not a UK citizen, you should contact a minister as soon as possible to  help you explore whether a church wedding is possible.

Sometimes couples choose to have a Service of Blessing in church after a civil wedding, or a Service of Thanksgiving & Renewal of Vows (maybe to celebrate an anniversary).  You will be able to find out more by contacting one of the ministers.

If you wish to enquire about having your wedding in one of our churches please contact us indicating which church you are wishing to hold it in.

 

City is such a vibrant place

Dear friends

What a fascinating place! Two weeks in, I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of being part of the life in Milton Keynes.

There is clearly a lot going on, and I have only begun to scratch the surface: the varietyJohn Robertson for someone who comes from rural Oxfordshire is extraordinary.

Perhaps that ought to be expected in any large city (and Milton Keynes is very obviously a city despite official lack of recognition!), but what is most striking to me is the breadth and energy of the Christian community within the city.

I guess we’re all used to being asked the question, “Why is the Church so dull? So irrelevant?”

Society at large and the media in particular seem to take dullness and irrelevance as a given, and after an especially boring meeting about the upkeep of church guttering we might all be inclined to agree.

Yet I am discovering a church here which is thoroughly, deeply engaged with life in all sorts of interesting ways.

There is ministry in schools right across the city, an urban farm, a night shelter that took in 90 guests over the winter months, excellent training and support for young people that society might leave behind, churches which welcome adults with learning disabilities into their worship, a Christian presence in the prison and the hospital, congregations which practice hospitality, projects to engage with young adults and new housing….. and that is only the tip of a very large iceberg. All of this is witness to a church which is vibrant, alive and relevant to an extraordinary degree.

The question, it seems to me, ought not to be “Why is the Church so dull?” but “Why is the Church so vibrant?” Where, in other words, does its exceptional life come from?

We are, perhaps, too easily seduced by the dullness agenda that we miss what is actually going on in our midst or too shy and self-effacing to mention it.

If, however, we have caught even a little of the excitement of what church can be and do and if we recognise in the life of the Church the God who wants to be known and made known through the Church, then we will want to share our discovery with those around us.

In short, the answer to the question “Why is the Church so vibrant?” is a simple one: in the words of Jesus, ”I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness”. That life is what we are called both to share and make known.

Every blessing

John Robertson,

Director of Ecumenical Mission