Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Sunday Service - Luke 2:25-35

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 with a
prayer time focused on our mission to
our community yet with a global vision.
We'll have a time to share praise prayer points and subjects to be thankful for!.



We'll conclude our series on:
The First Christmas Carols.

Stefano will preach from Luke 2:25-35
engaging with Simeon's song of praise,
Nunc Dimittis (in Latin the first word of
this song of praise).

Jenny will lead the time
with the little ones!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Sunday Service - Luke 1:67-79

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 with a
prayer time focused on our mission to
our community yet with a global vision.
We'll have a time to share praise prayer points and subjects to be thankful for!.



We'll continue our series on:
The First Christmas Carols.

Stefano will preach from Luke 1:67-79
engaging with Zechariah's song of praise,
The Benedictus (in Latin the first word of
his song of praise).

Maria will lead the time
with the little ones!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Exch@nge 2016 Envisioning Meeting




This morning we'll meet @ Youth for Christ Italia office
to plan and to envision the 2016 Exch@nge Camps in the Bologna Area.

There will be a representative from the 5 churches involved in this outreach project for teenagers.

We'll work together to choose a common theme for the camps, a series of Bible Talks and to organize the programs of the 3 camps we're planning to run.

Please pray for us that we'll be guided by God's vision & wisdom in this incredible Gospel opportunity!

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Jesus: The best ever Christmas' Gift!



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
the My Space Club 4 Teens
that we offer during the school-year.


We organize this club for local kids,
where we also help them with their English home-works, in partnership with the Town Hall as part of their after-school programme.
We have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some kids with special needs or difficult backgrounds they follow.

Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material, interacting with the theme: The best ever Christmas' Gift!

We'll play lots of fun games such as:
Wrap it up,  
Santa Relay, 
Bauble Roll & The Chocolate Game
which will serve as illustrations
to the Talk given by Jonathan on
Jesus: The best ever Christmas' Gift!


After we've invited the kids' families to join us for a Christmas party where we'll have a visit from a very special guest:
Franco, a member of our church-planting,
every year takes the opportunity to dress up as Santa
in order to share the Gospel in local kinder-gardens and primary schools (from August he stops shaving in order to have this authentic amazing white beard!).

This year we've invited Franco to redeem Santa's character showing how Jesus is both the real giver and God's best gift.

Join us in praying for this Gospel opportunity for families!!!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Mid-week Bible Study - Gospel Change



Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week Bible Study in Budrio led by Jonathan.
We'll complete the module Gospel Change 
from the Porterbrook course, interacting together with Unit 9. Holiness - thankfulness

The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Romans 8:29). 
In this course we are learning how to apply the gospel to our everyday life.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Sunday Service - Luke 1:46-55

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 with a
prayer time focused on our mission to
our community yet with a global vision.
We are particularly thankful for the approval we received this week of our request to be enlisted with Budrio local associations.



We'll start our new series on:
The First Christmas Carols.

Jonathan will preach from Luke 1:46-55
engaging with Mary's song of praise,
The Magnificat.

Jenny will lead the time
with the little ones!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Materialism Matters...



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
the My Space Club 4 Teens
that we offer during the school-year.



We organize this club for local kids,
where we also help them with their English home-works, in partnership with the Town Hall as part of their after-school programme.

We have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some kids with special needs or difficult backgrounds they follow.



Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Materialism Matters...



We'll play lots of fun games such as:
Priorities,
Finders Keepers, Let's break it down, 
Giving Game  & Well Off
which will serve as illustrations
to the Talk given by Stefano from
Luke 18:18-23

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Mid-Week Meeting & Family Time

Tomorrow evening we'll have a special Mid-Week Meeting with a Family Time by the fireplace with roasted chestnuts and marsh-mallows. We expect many friends!!!
We'll also have a Skype from Texas with Justin & Carli. Looking forward to chat with them!!!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Sunday Service - Nehemiah 11-12

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 with a
prayer time focused on our mission to
our community yet with a global vision.
As follow up of the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted church, we'll pray for Syria.



We'll continue our series
on the book of Nehemiah.
Stefano will preach from
Nehemiah chapters 11-12
engaging with the theme of Restored in Christ-likeness, 
Restored to worship!

Jenny will lead the time
with the little ones!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Star Wars - Who's our real hope?



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
the My Space Club 4 Teens
that we offer during the school-year.



We organize this club for local kids,
where we also help them with their English home-works, in partnership with the Town Hall as part of their after-school programme.

We have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some kids with special needs or difficult backgrounds they follow.


Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Star Wars - Who's our real hope?


We'll play lots of fun games such as:
Jedi Vs Siths, Planets of Power, Droids Dress Up  & 
The Awakening of the Force
which will serve as illustrations
to the Talk given by Stefano from
Ephesians 1:18-20

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Mid-week Bible Study - Gospel Change



Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week Bible Study in Budrio led by Stefano.
We'll continue to interact together with  
Unit 8. Holiness - conversations of the module
Gospel Change from the Porterbrook course. 

The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Romans 8:29). 
In this course we will learn how to apply the gospel to our everyday life.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sunday Service - Nehemiah 9-10

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 with a
prayer time focused on our mission to
our community yet with a global vision.
We'll give thanks for the Gospel opportunities we had with Thanksgiving, and, as follow up of the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted church, we'll pray for Libya.


We'll continue our series
on the book of Nehemiah.
Stefano will preach from
Nehemiah chapters 9-10
engaging with the theme of Restored in Repentance, 
Restored in the Covenant!

Jenny will lead the time
with the little ones!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Family Time - an (un)traditional Thanksgiving meal

As some of you may know,
for the last few weeks we worked arranging a Thanksgiving meal for tomorrow evening at the Safe Home for teenagers in Budrio.

Yet on Wednesday they cancelled the event as for various reasons most of the kids would not be able to participate!

We know the Lord is in control, and we also know that these things happen when serving "difficult" kids and social services.
So we thought to have instead an (un)traditional Thanksgiving meal @ our home for our church-family and friends.

We've invited some friends we are connecting with at the moment. A couple we got to know at the Food Bank Collection said they're happy to come.
It'll be the first time we'll be able to connect them with the church-family. So pray for them and for all the practical organisations!!!

Porterbrook - Campus Bologna plenary session



Tomorrow from 3.30 to 7.00 pm
in Nuova Vita Church we'll have
the plenary session for students
of the foundation year of
Porterbrook - Campus Bologna.

Students will engage with the module
Gospel Community, led by Gian Luca,
co-pastor of Nuova Vita Church.

In this session, we'll interact with these units:
1. A gospel community
2. A distinctive community
3. A diverse community


The Christian life is to be lived in the context of community on display to the world. This course will help us learn what Christian community should look like and how it is rooted in the gospel. Through the course we’ll be challenged to think about our own role in the church and be helped to build community on mission around the gospel.

As church-plant we're very excited for the men from Budrio who are taking the course.
Pray with us for their commitment and passion for the Lord! 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

MySpace Club 4 Teens - What are you Thankful for?


Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
the My Space Club 4 Teens
that we offer during the school-year.



We organize this club for local kids,
where we also help them with their English home-works, in partnership with the Town Hall as part of their after-school programme.

We have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some kids with special needs or difficult backgrounds they follow.

Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the American Thanksgiving theme:
What are you Thankful for?

We'll have with us
some special US friends
from Bethel Church
in Houston Texas.

We'll play lots of fun games such as: Thankful for...,  
The History of Thanksgiving, Practical Thankfulness & The A-Z of...
which will serve as illustrations to the Talk given by Nathan Hansen (Student & Family Pastor @ Bethel).

Please pray for the after programme where we've invited the kids' families. This will be an opportunity to get to know them a bit more as we'll offer them a taste of traditional Thanksgiving pies!