Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Sunday Service - Acts 22:23-23:22


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 10.00 am we'll enjoy our time as a church family
with a coffee & fellowship together.

At 10.30 am we'll continue with Stefano
our series on the Book of Acts.



Tomorrow we'll engage with Acts 22:23-23:22
interacting with these main headings:
-Are we called to defend...?
-Are we called to be polemical...?




Jenny will lead the time with
the little ones engaging on Acts 23:6.

Together we'll see how Paul's missional attitude didn't have as a goal not to win
an argument, but to win people for Christ!
Paul's polemics pointed to the hope we have in Jesus' resurrection!
 

We'll start our service following the pattern of Acts 1:8 with a time of prayer characterized by thanksgiving and casting a vision for God's work in our community and globally.
 
We'll pray for "our home".
 
On the 9th and 10th of June we'll have the Acts29 Italy Assessment Conference.
Two couples will be assessed for their calling and gifting to church-plant in Italy.
We'll pray for them and for the assessment team!


 
We'll pray for "out neighbour".
 
On Tuesday (Italy's Republic Day) we'll be @ the special ceremony organized by Budrio's Town Hall to give honorary citizenship to all the kids who completed a school stage.
This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate with our community the Citizenship we have in Christ - Ephesians 2:19

 
We'll also pray for "the end of the earth".
We'll have with us Jenny's brother and his family from York Evangelical Church.
This church supports us and regularly pray for our church-plant, so it'll be great to pray for them and their reaching out of York!

Tomorrow we'll celebrate the Lord's Supper rejoicing and proclaiming our new identity and unity in Christ!

Giovanni will read and share from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sunday Service - Acts 21:27-22:22


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 10.00 am we'll enjoy our time as a church family
with a coffee & fellowship together.

At 10.30 am we'll continue with Stefano
our series on the Book of Acts.



Tomorrow we'll engage with Acts 21:27-22:22
interacting with these main headings:
-Perseverance in Christ
-Gospel Change for Christ



Jenny will lead the time with
the little ones engaging on Acts 22;17-21.

Together we'll see how Jesus demolished the wall separated us from God and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility, so that we are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God!

 

We'll start our service following the pattern of Acts 1:8 with a time of prayer characterized by thanksgiving and casting a vision for God's work in our community and globally.
 
We'll pray for "our home".
 
This week we did the leafleting for the Exch@nge summer camp in both middle 
and high school of Budrio.
We'll commit to the Lord those kids who will come to the Camp and their families,
we'll also pray for the team from Houston 
and the Italian volunteers.
 
We'll pray for "out neighbour".
 
Once again the Town-hall of Budrio has organized for
the 2nd of June (Italy's Republic Day) a special ceremony to give honorary citizenship to all the kids who completed a school stage.

This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate with our community the Citizenship we have in Christ - Ephesians 2:19
 
We'll also pray for "the end of the earth".
 
We'll continue to intercede for the 
population of Nepal.
We'll pray for those who have lost relatives and friends and for the Nepalese church 
in its living and witnessing the Gospel 
in such hard times.

Friday, 22 May 2015

My Space outreach club for teens - last meeting!


Tomorrow afternoon we'll have the last
MySpace club for teens in Budrio.

We'll have a relaxed time together,
enjoying a nice Ice-cream @
the best Gelateria in Budrio!

We pray for these kids we got to know during the year and that we'll be able to strengthening our friendship with them @ the Exch@nge Summer Camp!





Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mid-week Bible Study - Gospel Change


Tomorrow evening we'll have our home-group mid-week Bible Study in Budrio.
We'll interact together with Unit 5:
The means of grace - the bible, prayer and community 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.

It teaches Christians to connect the truth about God with our 'Monday-morning struggles'.
We will find out how change takes place as God’s truth is applied to the heart, and also how to effectively minster the gospel to those around us.

Porterbrook Campus Bologna - Planning meeting & Pastors' Fraternal

Tomorrow Stefano will meet
with Gianluca & Mark co-pastors
of Nuova Vita Church and Gianpaolo pastor
of Forte Torre Church to pray for the students
of the Percorsi Campus Bologna.

We'll have a feedback meeting for this academic year and we'll plan for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Later we'll attend the Bologna Pastors' Fraternal where we'll have time to share and pray for each others and our for churches. We'll also plan some common outreach events, joined services and a vision to develop a "Metropolitan Church" in Bologna.



We are moving forward with the idea to adopt the
confessional statement and theological vision for ministry of The Gospel Coalition as defining documents for our network of churches in training and working together.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Sunday afternoon service in Budrio - Acts 21:1-26

Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
our Sunday afternoon service as
Impatto A Budrio church-plant.







Stefano will lead this Family Time focused on God's Word.
We'll continue our series on Acts engaging with Acts 21:1-26
"A missional interdependency & unity in the body of Christ".



Our desire is to grow in our comprehension of
the unity we have in Christ and our vision for reaching out the community of Budrio with a sense of the global reality of God's Kingdom.



We'll have a time of vision and prayer followed by a family bring&share meal together.


We'll also celebrate the Lord's Supper
to enjoy our unity in Christ while proclaiming His resurrection and life!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sunday Service in Chiesa Evangelica Montespertoli

On Sunday morning Stefano will be with
our friends from the Chiesa Evangelica in Montespertoli a lovely Brethren Chapel by
the Christian Centre of Poggio Ubertini
in the beautiful hills surrounding Florence.

Stefano will preach from Colossians 1:3-20
engaging with these headings:
1. A prayer to be fully pleasing to Christ
2. A prayer to be strengthened in Christ

YfC course for youth-workers & training for Camp Staff


Tomorrow from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm,
we'll have in Florence the YfC
Course for Youth-Workers hosted by
the Chiesa Cristiana Biblica.

Liz (YfC staff in Tuscany) & Stefano,
will lead the final series of seminars on
Practical ministering to teenagers.


Tomorrow we'll interact on how to have a ministry towards
young people solidly grounded in the Word of God.

Liz will lead the first seminar engaging students
with some practical teaching skills on
how to plan and run a Rock Solid Bible Study and
how to plan and run a My Space Club.








Stefano will lead two seminars in the morning
and one in the afternoon.
With the first seminar: Mobilize & Creativity,
we'll challenge students to prepare a series of Bible studies for a summer camp like Exch@nge that will use a movie
to engage teens coming from non-Christian background.
We'll use as example the old movie Juno, which is full of themes that will challenge the teens world-view.

The second morning seminar will deal firstly with one to one discipleship.
We'll be challenged by God's example in Ezekiel 34:15-16 to see the individual sheep in the flock.

Secondly we'll engage with prayer and how to develop a biblical prayer life
for youth leaders that embody and encourage a prayer life for teenagers!

In the afternoon seminar,
Stefano will explore
the topic of partnership
firstly in exploring how
to start a school ministry and how to prepare
schools programmes.

Secondly we'll see how to engage with local social workers
and foster homes for teenagers run by social services.


After we'll have Licia Saillen,
a Christian educationalist and family counsellor,
who will lead first a seminar for Youth Leaders engaging with
the topic of sexuality and pornography.

Later Licia will lead a seminar for parents
engaging with the topic of how to talk with teenage children
about sexuality from a Christian perspective.


In the evening Stefano will have
a work-supper with the Campo Sport Staff on "hot themes" in engaging with today's teens!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Blessed days @ Budrio

On Saturday we had another great day with The Cage at the High-School in Budrio.
In the afternoon we had the tournament in the square of the theatre we rent for our services, sponsored by the manager of the Café we use for our MySpace Club.
More than 60 local kids and young adults came for the event and listened very carefully when we gave two Gospel talks!

On Sunday morning we had a very encouraging service and our new Dutch friends took part in it.

Harm, the YfC leader, shared that their project to come to Italy to help, started when as a team they realised how it's true that
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

We also experienced this joy in making a special collection for the Nepali church and population after the earthquake.
Later we had a fellowship lunch at the park.

In the afternoon we had the last tournament at a local park in Budrio.It was great to see kids already waiting for us.

Nino from our church gave a talk to challenge kids about what really matters in life and how in Jesus we can be fully ourselves and in relation with God.
Stefano asked to a kid from Muslim background, who came to our camp and every afternoon to the Cage, to say what
we do differently at the Exch@nge Camp,
and he answered: "We read the Gospel"!

In these days we were able to engage with more than 350 local kids, and as a church-plant we experienced in a small measure the incredible blessings of being part of Jesus' beloved bride.
Pray with us that the Lord will use every single Gospel word that those kids, their teachers, those parents and young adults who came, to call them to salvation!

Video about these days in Budrio!


Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sunday Service - Acts 20 & last afternoon of The Cage outreach


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





 At 10.00 am we'll enjoy our time as a church family with a lovely breakfast together at the Cafè of Budrio's Sport Centre where this Sunday we'll have our service.

At 10.30 am we'll continue with Stefano
our series on the Book of Acts.



Tomorrow we'll engage with Acts 20 and
together we'll see the
Centrality and Identification of the Gospel.
Tomorrow, we'll continue to follow the pattern of Acts 1:8, so we'll start our service with a time of prayer characterized by thanksgiving and casting a vision for God's work in our community and globally.
We'll pray for these days of outreach with The Cage, for the friendships have been made and above all that the Lord will bless the Gospel messages that have been shared.
We'll pray for "our neighbour",
and specifically for the ministry of our friends from YfC Netherlands and their work with the Youth Centres The Mall.

We'll also pray for "the end of the earth",
this month we'll intercede for the population of Nepal.
We'll pray for those who have lost relatives and friends and for the Nepalese church 
in its living and witnessing the Gospel 
in such hard times.

We'll make a special collection for Nepal through the Italian Evangelical Alliance.

After the service we'll have a pic-nic fellowship lunch in the local park. During this time we'll also share the Lord's supper.
At 3pm we'll have the last The Cage tournament 
in Budrio's park.
Join us in praying for this outreach 
and Gospel conversation we had in these days!