Willen Church Sleepout to Help the Homeless: Saturday 14 September 2019

The church of St Mary Magdalene is hoping others will join them in highlighting the problem of homelessness in our city with the Big Sleepout event which will take place overnight NEXT SATURDAY, 14 September outside Willen Pavilion.

Please email willensleepout19@gmail.com for registration and sponsorship forms. You can read more on Facebook on the bussheltermk page and the Willen Sleepout page on Virgin Money Giving is available for making donations.

Rev Dr Paul Smith, Team Rector of Stantonbury and Willen parish LEP will be taking part himself in support of the MK Bus Shelter, both to help raise awareness, as well as to offer some financial support. He says,

“I would like to invite you to sponsor me. Any amount, however small, will be welcome. It is very easy, as you can go online and pledge your chosen amount. Just go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulSmith385.”

If you could download the Willen Church sleepout poster and display it in your church too, that would be really appreciated!

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World Refugee Day

You are Welcome!

Thursday June 20th: To celebrate World Refugee Day meet us at 6pm at the MK Rose in Campbell Park for a short ‘gathering’. Deputy Mayor Andrew Geary to attend.

 6.30pm onwards at MK Gallery event space (short, accessible walk from the Rose) for informal celebration, conversation, nibbles and soft drinks.

Come to both or either.

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Service of Remembrance and Prayer for Sri Lanka

I’m sure everyone has been shocked and horrified by the carnage and senseless lost of life on Easter Sunday, 21 April.  Our own Rev Dr Sam Muthuveloe, Convenor of Hope Outreach UK,  has arranged a special service, to be held at Christ the Cornerstone Church this coming Sunday, 28th April 2019, starting at 2.30 pm, to remember the dead, pray for the bereaved, healing for the wounded, comfort for the distressed and peace and security for all.

‘Dr Sam’ had already planned to visit Sri Lanka in mid-May, before these atrocities took place.  The intention was – and still is – to commemorate 10 years since the cessation of hostilities, and to support and encourage Hope Outreach UK’s mission partners.  The focus of the visit will be to stand in solidarity with them and the local churches at this difficult time.

Please advertise this service as widely as you can.  Thank you.

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Lent Book Club at Christ the Cornerstone

This Lent we will be reading the book, Following the Way of Jesus, by Bishop Michael Curry, Episcopal Church USA. Join us.

Kindle Edition [Amazon] £6.72 Paperback [Amazon]- from £5.95

RETREAT There will be a retreat for discussion of the book, including quiet time and Holy Communion on Saturday 6 April 2019 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. at St Michael’s Priory, Willen. There are limited places; if you would like to come please book a place with our administrator as soon as possible. mark.okor@cornerstonemk.co.uk

“Bishop Michael Curry leads off this volume with a clarion call to join the Jesus Movement. A team of the church’s brightest stars follow up with reflections on the practice of ministry in light of the movement: Rob Wright on adaptive leadership, Broderick Greer on racial justice, Anthony Guillen on multicultural ministries, Megan Castellan on evangelism, Nora Gallagher on loving the earth, and Kellan Day on ministry with young people. Michael Curry closes with a word on making the world whole. Christians have been following Jesus together for some 2000 years – these leaders help to illuminate how we follow him in our time.” ___________________________________________________________________________________

300 Saxon Gate West, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES www.cornerstonemk.co.uk T 01908-237777 E mark.okor@cornerstonemk.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/cornerstoneMK

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CitizensUK at Greenbelt 2017

Greenbelt is a festival of arts, faith and justice. It started way back in 1974 and has hosted its annual festival every single year since. But thinking of Greenbelt as just another ‘festival’ doesn’t do it justice. It is also an idea, a way of seeing, a gathering of the clans – part movement, part moment. Its genius is that it defies easy description. You have to be there. Celebrating artistry and nurturing activism, Greenbelt Festival is an act of the imagination – inspirational, provocative and fun. Energised by a progressive Christian worldview, Greenbelt creates a festival that is inclusive, open-minded, participatory and generous in spirit. Greenbelt believes that things often kept apart can and should be held together. Things like artistry and activism, spirituality and politics, faith and justice. It is a festival where these things belong together and where all are welcome. See Greenbelt.org.uk for more…

Citizens UK has agreed to be an Associate Sponsor of this year’s Greenbelt Festival. Greenbelt has been going for over 40 years. It is a Christian Festival, focussed on arts, faith and justice. It is an open and inclusive festival, so people come from all faiths and none. It aims to be an inclusive space for families to meet, learn, debate and socialise together in pursuit of the common good. There will be Catholic mass and a Muslim prayer tent.

Many people involved in Citizens have also been part of the Greenbelt story. They’ve been speakers, campers, volunteers and festival-goers. Last year a few of us ran a seminar about our work. This year we plan to do a lot more! Citizens UK will be a significant presence at this year’s festival. We will be running a series of events on the Monday. Luke Bretheton and Anna Rowlands will be speaking. We will also have an “event tent” which we hope to use in a creative way…

Citizens UK has negotiated 210 adult tickets at the reduced price of £100 each! Tickets for 18-25 year olds are already subsidised at £83; Youth and children are £50 There are also existing concessions for students, over 65’s and those on benefits Day tickets are £30.00 each person.

There will be roughly 20 reduced price tickets per chapter, so you will need to move fast. We need to know the names and email addresses of people from your who want to go ASAP We can then issue discount codes directly to those people so they can book their tickets. If there are any places left after this, we may be able to offer more. It would also be good to know is anyone is keen to help with the event tent….

Contact Tim for more information

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Bread, Fish and Expectancy

Growing disciples, sharing ministry
19th-21st October 2017
The Hayes Conference Centre
Swanwick, DE55 1AU


How can we answer God’s call to form and grow disciples?

What is the role of collaborative ministry in developing spiritually vibrant, mature and engaged disciples who in turn disciple others? How can we resource the growing of leaders through discipleship?

This is an opportunity to come together, to be inspired, strengthened and equipped. We will be challenged and enriched by hearing each other’s stories, and by engaging deeply with God’s word, ready to go back to our contexts with new vision and new energy.


The core work of the conference will take place in small groups. You will be immersed in the practice of shared ministry through facilitated group processes, comprising small base groups, larger conversation groups and topic groups. Together we will delve deeply into scripture and ask searching questions about our contexts.


On the afternoon of the second day we will have the opportunity to gather together with others to explore and discuss a range of areas of mutual interest, related to our conference themes.


The conference will be making use of participative processes which model collaborative ministry and maximise shared learning.

OUR CHAPLAIN: Revd Wendy Carey

SMNWendyWe are delighted that Wendy, who has been involved with the Network for many years, has agreed to return as our Chaplain. Wendy spent the first thirteen years of ordained ministry working in prisons, first as a prison chaplain, then five years as National Training Officer for chaplaincy. More recently she has served as one of a small team of voluntary Associate Priests in the only Local Shared Ministry parish in the Oxford Diocese.


Revd Dr Roger Walton

SMNwaltonRoger is currently serving as President of the Methodist Conference. He trained for ministry at the Queen’s College, Birmingham, and served circuits in the West Midlands, Liverpool and St Albans. For ten years he was Director of the Open Learning Centre, and for eleven years was Director of the Wesley Study Centre, Durham. He is currently Chair
of the West Yorkshire Methodist District. Roger has studied and written about learning and discipleship, including The Reflective Disciple (2009), and Disciples Together (2014).

Revd Canon Gordon Dey

SMNDeyGordon is a retired Priest in Bradford, Diocese of Leeds. He served as a vicar in social housing areas in Halifax and Bradford for 35 years. In 2005 in Bradford a discipleship programme entitled ‘Jesus Shaped People’ was devised that gave the church a new grasp
of Christian discipleship. Following retirement in 2011 Gordon was invited by the Diocese of Bradford and the Church Commissioners to make ‘JSP’ available to other churches. Since then it has spread to other parts of the UK. ‘JSP’ (www.jesusshapedpeople.net) describes itself as a ‘Whole Church Discipleship Adventure’, and focuses on five main areas: People, Teaching, Team Building, Prayer and Prophetic Challenge. It is especially appropriate to churches in disadvantaged communities.


Workshop titles will include:

  • Unpacking the ‘Setting God’s People Free’
  • Manipulation, transparency and shared ministry
  • Shared vision and decision-making
  • Discipleship: growing through adversity
  • Community discernment of ministerial gifts
  • Adapting secular ideas for a church context

Outline programme


The conference will be framed around the story of the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark chapter 6, which will enable us to engage with themes around growing disciples, sharing ministry and encountering God.

Day 1: Growing Disciples
Sharing stories
Listening to God and one another
Formation through community
Roger Walton

Day 2: Sharing Ministry
Expanding expectations
Formation through mission
Gordon Dey: Jesus Shaped People

Day 3: Encountering God
Open to God’s grace
Turning ideas into action


The Shared Ministry Conference gives you the opportunity to
meet like-minded people, be inspired, share views.

The conference is open to all engaged in collaborative ministry. Last year a large number of both clergy and lay people, at all levels of church life, came together to explore the joys and challenges of collaborative ministry and mission, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


The conference runs from midday on 19th October to lunchtime on 21st October 2017.
The Hayes Conference Centre at Swanwick is well-known for hosting Christian conferences, and offers excellent facilities with easy travel links in delightful grounds

Book before 30th June 2017: full board for the complete conference will be: £170 for a standard ensuite room. After that date the charge will be £190. Attendees from
Dioceses that have paid their subscription to the Shared Ministry Network will receive an additional £10 discount. Non-ensuite rooms are available at a lower cost—please
contact the conference administrator if this is your preference.

Day and half-day rates are also available – please contact
the conference administrator to discuss your specific requirements.
Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis!



See the Shared Ministry Network Web Site

Or email the Conference Administrator:

Picture ‘Simple Fish and Loaves?’ by Gwen Meharg,
—used by permission

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