Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Exch@nge Outreach Camp - Day 2

Today we had a very special second day the Exch@nge Camp.
In the morning some of the American and Italian kids were involved in participating to an activity with the Parkinson's disease group.

Nathan challenged kids from  
John 1:43-51 to see Jesus' uniqueness in his knowledge
of our real needs.

Later kids enjoyed playing baseball & aerobics!

We've also played a terribly smelly shoe-game!!!




Monday, 29 June 2015

Exch@nge Outreach Camp - Day 1

Great first day at the Exch@nge Camp 2015 in Budrio.
We have 28 kids at the camp aged from 11 to 18 years-old!
This morning we started with Stefano our series of talks on the Gospel of John engaging with John 20:24-32.
We challenged kids to see Jesus' uniqueness and what does it mean to think He's our God and Lord!

Today we had very special sport activities.


We hosted the Lacross team from Tuscany and a Taekwondo team from Budrio.

It's great to keep building up relationships with our community even through the local Exch@nge Camp!

 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Sunday Service & Exch@nge Training session

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 start with a prayer time for the coming Exch@nge Camp for local teenagers in Budrio.


Then Nathan Hansen, Family & Youth Pastor at
Bethel of Houston Church, will preach from John 4:1-42.
After the morning service, we'll all have a church pic-nic in the local park, enjoying the Italian summer.

At 4pm we'll meet again for the training session for the American, British and Italian leaders & staff.

We'll give an overview of Italian Culture and 
spiritual environment and we'll present the 
ministries of Acts29 and Youth for Christ Italy.

Then we'll engage on the practicalities of running an outreach camp in Italy and in the Budrio context.
We'll close with a prayer time for the 26 local kids who booked for the camp and the 25 staff involved in running the various parts and activities for the camp!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Exch@nge 2015 Camp - getting ready


The second year of the Exch@nge Camp in Budrio is about to start!

We have 26 kids booked (5 more than last year).
Quite a few of them are coming back from last year, but the majority are new. Some of them are coming as follow up from the MySpace kids club during the school-year, others as follow up from the school work we did during the year and some because they saw the advertising in the Town-Hall website.
We also have some kids from a local safe-home for teenagers and others from families who are followed by the social service.
Some kids are Muslim, other JW, many Catholic and 3 from Christian families.

As you can see we have a variety of backgrounds and needs, so please pray
with us that the Lord will speak to each
one of them!

We are practically ready with all the preparation for the Talks (this year we'll do John's Gospel), for the English Lessons
(based on the movie The Giver) and for the various sports, games and fun activities!


Tomorrow our friends from the US and from the UK will arrive!
This year we'll partner again with Bethel of Houston Church, who is sending a team of Christian teens, their Youth Pastor and Youth Leaders to work in our Camp.
For the first year we'll partner also with Loughborough TCH Church who will send Lily to work with us as nurse.
Please pray with us for the travelling of the teams and our final preparation! Partner with us in interceding for the campers and their families!


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Joint service in Bologna with Scott Anderson from Desiring God Ministries



Tomorrow morning, as Impatto A Budrio church-plant,
we'll all be in Nuova Vita Church Bologna for a joint service.


Scott Anderson, executive director of the Desiring God Ministries created by John Piper (who will be in Italy in 2016), will preach God's Word to us, encouraging
in our unity in the Gospel!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Porterbrook - Campus Bologna plenary end of year session


Tomorrow from 3.30 to 7.00 pm
we'll have the plenary session for
students of foundation and advanced years of Porterbrook - Campus Bologna.

This end of year meeting for foundation
and advanced years students
will be held in Nuova Vita Church.

Tomorrow we'll have with us
Scott Anderson, executive director of the Desiring God Ministries created by John Piper
(who will be in Italy in 2016).

Scott will encourage and challenge our students in the privilege and seriousness of the Gospel ministry.

After students will complete the module of
the Bible & Doctrine stream "An overview of the Biblical Texts" led by Gianpaolo Aranzulla, pastor of Forte Torre.

In this session, students will interact with these units:
- Literary Genres in the Jewish Scriptures
- Literary Genres in the New Testament Scriptures
- The internal structure of the books in the Bible
- Interpreting the different biblical genres

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Mid-week Bible Study - Gospel Change & Ice-Cream



Tomorrow evening we'll have our home-group mid-week Bible Study in Budrio.
We'll begin to interact together with Unit 6: 
Holiness - its nature 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.

We'll also have a time of prayer specifically for the coming Exch@nge Camp to reach out local teens. At the moment we have 16 bookings, but we pray that more will come and a few from the Social Services.
We'll have with us Becky, a student from the church
Bethel of Houston, who is sending the team for the Camp.
We are very encouraged by her commitment for the Lord and her passion for the lost.


After we'll continue our fellowship enjoying a good ice-cream together!


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Sunday Service - Acts 23:23-24:27

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 Jonathan our series on the Book of Acts, engaging with Acts 23:23-24:27

Sunday Service in Chiesa Evangelica di San Lazzaro

Tomorrow morning Stefano
will be with our friends from the
Chiesa Evangelica di San Lazzaro.

Stefano will preach Acts 21:27-22:22
interacting with these main headings:

-Perseverance in Christ

-Gospel Change for Christ

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!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Sunday afternoon service in Budrio







Today we'll have a "family time" doing some cherry picking followed by a pic-nic.

Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
our Sunday afternoon service as
Impatto A Budrio church-plant.
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 church-members meeting with feedbacks from this year and planning for the next, in all this we desire to search the Lord's vision and wisdom.

After we'll have a family bring&share
meal together.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Italian Day of Republic, Gospel, Community & Fellowship


Tomorrow we've been invited to celebrate with Budrio's community the Italian Day of Republic.
The Town-Hall will held a special ceremony to give honorary citizenship to kids from foreign families who have completed the primary or middle school in Budrio.

This is a great opportunity to share what Christ has accomplished one for all on the Cross!


Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:12-22


Later we'll have a picnic together at the local park and after we'll continue our Bible study interacting with Unit 5: 
The means of grace - the bible, prayer and community of the module Gospel Change
from the Porterbrook course.