Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Missionary Evening with Giuseppe & Sun-min

Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week prayer
and missionary meeting + ice-cream.

We'll have a FaceTime
in New Zealand
with Giuseppe & Sun-min!

Giuseppe did an internship programme last year with us
in Budrio after his missional experience in Senegal with
WEC Italy.


At the moment Giuseppe is doing a theological and missional training at the EastWest Bible College in New Zealand which specifically prepares Christian workers for cross-cultural service.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Great Time @ Exch@nge Camp Budrio 2017

We had a really blessed time @ the Exch@nge Camp in Budrio.
Thanks ever so much to all the helpers and the great team from Houston!!!


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY7 - Sunday Service

This morning we had our Sunday Service for the campers' families of the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.

More than 70 people came between kids and parents, and it was great to see some of the older campers from previous years!

 



Stefano preached from Luke 7:36-50, challenging parents & kids to think that the one who understand the depths from which Jesus saved him, is the one who really loves Jesus! 



We had the visit of the new mayor of Budrio who thanked us for our work & presence in the community. We also had a great time engaging with families and kids. Many of them very happy to receive a New Testament and to be informed about our Christianity Explored and kids programmes!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY6 - Service Project + BBQ


This morning we engaged Italian & American kids in our Service Project in partnership with Budrio Town Hall.







This year we decorated the front wall & entrance hall
of Budrio kindergarten


This evening we'll have our Texan BBQ for the campers families @ Le Torri Lounge,
the café where we run both Uncover and Christianity Explored.

It's always a great opportunity to interact with families and friends!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY5 - A rescue least expected


Great 5th day at the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.
This morning our Talk was from Luke 10:30-35. Justin lead this time pointing  kids to look for a salvation that comes from where we'd least expected: i.e. Jesus!






The American kids in every group answered to this question: Why is Jesus the one we least expect to save us today?


This morning we enjoyed helping with the Parkinson Gym Gropu and we had fun with Texan Line Dancing and Wiffleball with the Team from Houston.

In the afternoon we had a great time playing Paint Wars!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY4 - Far from home


Great 4th day at the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.
This morning we started with our Talk from Luke 15:11-32. Salvatore lead this time pointing  kids to see the rebellion in both sons and the Father's love for both sons!

The American kids in every group answered to this question: How can God forgive my rebellion?

 
We had a fun day @ Budrio swimming pool with lots of good conversation about these days Talks!
 


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY3 - Long live the revolution?

Great 3rd day at the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.
This morning we started with our Talk from Luke 20:9-16. Taylor lead this time showing kids how from our very nature we try "to kill God" in order to be our own gods! 
 





The American kids in every group answered to this question: Why now is the time to listen the ultimatum from The Son?

This morning we had fun playing more Italian Soccer 
with Salvatore and American Football with the 
Team from Houston.

 












In the afternoon we had a great time playing Texan Relays and Water Games!!!




Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY2 - Forgiven, Searched for, Found

Great 2nd day at the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.
This morning we started with our Talk from Luke 15:1-7. Davide lead this time teaching kids that Jesus will always find who he's looking for!

 

 


The American kids in every group answered to this question: When did you understand that you were lost?

In the morning we played Italian Soccer with Salvatore a professional referee and Volleyball with the Houston Team.



In the afternoon we had fun with lots of silly games.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY1 - Missing The Master


Great 1st day at the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio. We have 41 local kids from 11 to 17 years-old!
This morning we started with our first Talk from Luke 12:42-47

Stefano lead this time challenging kids to think about the way they're expecting The Lord's return!
The American kids in every group answered to this question: In what way are you waiting for Christ’s return? 

In the morning we played Basketball and Baseball with the Houston Team.
 
In the afternoon we hosted the Taekwondo team from Budrio.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Sunday Family Service: 1 Corinthians 3:6

Tomorrow we'll have a special family service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.

At 10.30 we'll start our Family Service with a celebration for the children that completed this school-year of the Gospel Project!

Rodney Bohls, from Bethel of Houston church, will then preach to us from
1 Corinthians 3:6

After we'll have a fellowship lunch
@ the park.

In the afternoon we'll have a training session to prepare for
the Exch@nge Camp starting on Monday!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Serving, Celebrating, Fellowshipping!

Tomorrow evening Stefano & William,
will serve @ Budrio Bier Fest.
We've been invited as church to help at this community event, which is always a great opportunity to serve & connect with our community.
On Friday evening Justin & Tiziana will help as waiters, whereas as church we'll enjoy a meal @ the festival, while fellowshipping with the Team from Houston which comes to serve @ our Exch@nge Camp!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Christianity Explored @ Le Torri Lounge

Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our monthly
Christianity Explored Course,
for every age-group!

Christianity Explored is a great way to give people space and time to think about the big questions of life.

We run these public meetings hosted by the Café of the theatre we use for our Sunday meetings as church!


Tomorrow with Stefano we'll engage with John 16:7-8 
The Holy Spirit!

Over 10 sessions in Mark's Gospel, we'll find out about the life and the teachings of the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ.

Sunday Service: Genesis 29:1-20


Tomorrow we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.







We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.


At 10.30 we'll start our service continuing our series on the book of Genesis.
With Stefano we'll engage with
Genesis 29:1-20: A series of unbelievable coincidences!
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
who, "when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons"! Galatians 4:4-5







Justin & Carli will lead our children's programme based on
The Gospel Project, in which week by week kids engage
with the same passages from Genesis and families will have activities to keep interacting with God's Word during the week!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Family Time - Ice-cream with Will


This evening we'll have a special Family Time as church.

We'll meet at a local Ice-cream Shop in Budrio, which is sponsoring our summer camp, for an Ice-cream with Will.

Will is part of the team from
Bethel Church of Houston that partner with us in organizing the Exch@nge summer Camp for Budrio teens!

William will be with us for a week before the camp to help in many practical ways and this evening is a good opportunity for the church to get to know him better!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Family Service - Being Church

Tomorrow we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.


At 10.30 we'll have a special Family Service for the conclusion of our journey through adopting our confession of faith and vision for ministry.

During the service we'll have the dedication of Stefano & Justin as pastors of the church.

Then Justin will preach on Unity in Christ
from Philippians 2:1-9