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FRIDAY, JUNE 28

UCB Radio

 By Tony Villiers

I have a new found interest in listening to UCB Radio since my son-in-law started working there as a junior broadcaster. Recently, I had two different tradesmen in my house both of whom were Christians (you know who you are!). The first thing they did as they prepared to get working was to turn their radios on and out came UCB! I still haven’t got used to hearing my son-in-law’s voice coming over the airways! UCB can be heard on a DAB radio, Sky and online at www.ucb.co.uk. There’s lots of great contemporary worship, testimonies and Bible-centred teaching there to enrich you day and night.

Posted by Tony Villiers at 7:48 AM

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

Church picnic and games this Sunday

 By Tony Villiers

Church is about much more than what we do together on a Sunday morning. That’s why it’s so good to take time during the summer to meet up just for fun. We’d love you to join us for our church picnic, and for you to bring your friends and family along for a relaxed time of chatting and playing games. And, hopefully, we’ll glimpse the sun, too! The date is this Sunday, 23rd June, and the venue is Caldecott Lake. We will be meeting at the far end of the pub near to the sailing boat compound between 1pm and 2pm, straight after the morning service. If rainy, we’ll picnic indoors at Middleton Primary School.

Posted by Tony Villiers at 8:34 AM

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

A God-filled Bank Holiday weekend: Catalyst festival

By Jenny Matthews

On Saturday 25th May, 15 members of Grace Church Milton Keynes made their way on the M1 to Stoneleigh Park in leafy Warwickshire for the Catalyst festival, organised by the network of Newfrontiers churches of which Grace Church is a part. Despite being a comparatively small group in size we represented a wide age range from young to mature; both in a physical and spiritual sense. And given the amount of belongings that spilled out from our cars you could have been forgiven for mistaking us for one of the largest churches in Newfrontiers!

In the lead up to the event, Catalyst provided us with a guide, which was a useful way to get familiar with the various festival zones before arriving on site. With so much packed into the programme for the weekend it was clear that we were going to be blessed with a fantastic time of worship, teaching, learning, reflection and fellowship. With sessions ranging from family cinema to prophesying, theology talks to organised sports and social action to world mission, there really was something for everyone.

The aim of the festival was to catalyse 3 things: people’s love for God, the Catalyst Network’s new journey together and a connection to world mission. It didn’t disappoint!

The main meetings, held twice a day, were filled with powerful worship, inspirational teaching, interviews and prayer. The engaging speakers each had a different style so there was plenty of variety over the five days. An offering was taken one evening and the last I heard was that an amount of £170,000 had been raised. I think it’s just incredible that so many people were touched to give to God for the work of the Catalyst Network and its world mission. The meetings were also an opportunity to hear about some of the other things happening at the festival - in particular we had an amazing update on the children’s and youth work, with accounts of many youngsters giving their lives to Christ and praying for each other. Wherever you looked you were struck by clear signs that God was at work in people’s lives.

 

Main meetings aside there was plenty of time for fellowship. Camping offered many great opportunities to spend time together over breakfast, lunch and dinner each day – oh, and let’s not forget the evening night cap! The Grace Church marquee became a post-evening session meeting venue with plenty of camaraderie, cakes and chocolate to enjoy.

Chilly nights, bugs, and middle-of-the-night loo trips aside, Catalyst was a fantastic event. We had perfect camping weather, sunshine and blue skies with the obligatory wind and rain on the last day to qualify us all as ‘seasoned festival campers’! So we went expectant and left catalysed - God did not disappoint. Thanks to all who went and made it such a great weekend. I look forward to spending time with even more of you Grace Church people at Catalyst 2014.

Posted by Jenny Matthews at 10:02 AM

SUNDAY, JUNE 9

Father's Day


By Tony Villiers

Fathers have great power to bless their children and we want to affirm them in their crucial role. God is our perfect Father and he helps men be the kind of fathers that reflect his tender care for us. We're celebrating fatherhood on 16th June and I'd like to encourage you to bring the men you know along. There's even a free bacon roll brunch for everyone afterwards!

Posted by Tony Villiers at 9:36 AM