For the past few years we’ve run a big radio advertising campaign based around the theme “Christmas Starts with Christ”. You’re probably already aware that this year we’ve made three new radio ads of our own linked to this, focussing on the theme of ‘Where’s Jesus?’, because we want to remind people that Jesus was born so God could be with us. The message of the Gospel is for everyone – particularly those who normally feel left out, or left behind – the poor, the marginalised; rough sleepers; the refugees. I hope you’ve managed to hear the ads live on Heart FM (it’s so exciting to hear ones we’ve written and recorded ourselves!), but if not, you can find them on our new website: WheresJesus.uk.

Although 82 services in both Milton Keynes and Newport Pagnell Deaneries have already been listed, not every parish or church has joined in the campaign. It’s not too late – and it’s free! If you’re not sure how to go about it, please email me (admin@mkdeanery.org) and I’ll do my best to help. The site usually gets thousands of hits (especially now the radio ads are repeated more frequently the closer we get to Christmas), so it’s well worth the effort!

We’re nearly there with the funding for this campaign too, so thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. Every single pound has been put to good use, and we appreciate every gift, because the more you put in, the more we can do! We’re not quite there, but are confident that God will provide. The Jerusalem Trust made a very generous grant of £2,000, but this can only be used for the cost of producing the adverts themselves – now and in future years – not air time or other costs. This is where we are:-

(If you would like to download the graph, it can be found in the documents under the Information tab.) If haven’t yet got round to contributing and think you could help us reach our target, now’s the time to do so! Payments need to go to “Milton Keynes Mission Partnership”, CAF Bank Ltd, Sort Code 40-52-40, A/C No. 00030666.

As well as the radio advertising and listing church services on Wheresjesus.uk, we’ve been busy with a visual campaign to make the concept of Jesus being amongst us more real, and get across the message that he’s here in Milton Keynes too! Every day we’ll be posting a different photo on our Facebook site, so please help us to broadcast more widely by copying these to your family and friends.

Finally, and most important of all, please remember to pray – that the Good News will be heard in our homes, streets and churches this year, and that lives will be changed because people discover that Jesus is there for them – not forgetting to give thanks to our wonderful God for his amazing love and provision!

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