Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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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!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Sunday Service - Nehemiah 6 - 8

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 continue to pray for France and,
as follow up of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted church,
we'll pray for Pakistan.


We'll continue our series
on the book of Nehemiah.
Jonathan will preach from Nehemiah chapters 6-8
engaging with the theme of Restored in the Word, 
Restored to celebrate!

Maria will lead the time
with the little ones!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Acts 29 Assessment Conference

Tomorrow with Jonathan & Annette and Josh, a church-planter from Imola, Stefano will take part at the 3rd Acts29 Assessment Conference.

This assessment team will evaluate two couples to be involved in church-planting work in Italy.

Please pray that as assessors we'll be guided by God's vision & wisdom, showing pastoral care and Gospel clarity!

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Influenced or Influencer?



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: Influenced or Influencer?

We'll play lots of fun games such as:
Star Influencers, Bucket on Your Head &  
Walk With the Wise
which will serve as illustrations
to the Talk given by Nunzio from
Matthew 5:13-14

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Sunday Service - Nehemiah 5 & 13

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.
Our prayer time for Global Action will be fully devoted to intercede for France and
our friends from Eglise du Val d'Europe
an Acts29 Church near Paris.


We'll continue our series
on the book of Nehemiah.
Stefano will preach from Nehemiah chapters 5 & 13 engaging with the theme of Restored for justice, 
Restored for redemption!

Jenny  will lead the time
with the little ones!



Thursday, 12 November 2015

MySpace Club 4 Teens - The Hunger Games and the One who volunteered for us!!!



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 Hunger Games and the One who volunteered for us!!!






We'll play lots of fun games such as:
The Quest for the Cornucopia, We are Tracker Jackers &  
The Mocking Jay Song Party
which will serve as illustrations
to the Talk given by Stefano from John 10:11, 28

Together we'll be exposed to Jesus' great I AM:
I am the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Mid-week Bible Study - Gospel Change



Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week Bible Study in Budrio led by Jonathan.
We'll continue to interact together with  
Unit 7 Holiness - relationships 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.

Bologna Pastor's Fraternal

Tomorrow afternoon Jonathan and Stefano will attend the Bologna Pastors' Fraternal.
We'll have time to share and pray for each others and our for churches.
We'll also plan some common outreach events and joined services working to develop a vision for a shared approach towards training, outreach and church-planting.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - Joint service & prayer meeting

Tomorrow is the IDOP (International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church) also known in some countries as Suffering Sunday.
Today’s greatest untold story is that more than 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Daily Christians in countries such as Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Sudan and Sri Lanka 
face imprisonment, violence and even death.
IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

As churches in Bologna we decided to have a joint Sunday Service and an afternoon prayer meeting.

In the morning John Paul Aranzulla, pastor of Forte Torre Church, will preach from Psalm 129.

In the afternoon we'll have a focused prayer & intercessory meeting where every church will present a country target.
We'll have presentations with specific prayer points for Syria, Iraq, Pakistan & Libya and we'll intercede in small prayer groups.
In our prayer we'll intercede both for our persecuted fellows-Christians and for the salvation of their persecutors!


Friday, 6 November 2015

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 Evangelism, led by Stefano, co-pastor of Impatto Budrio.

In this session, we'll interact with these units:
7. Living to provoke questions
8. Answering questions
9. Casual conversations about Jesus
This course teaches the importance of a church community in evangelism and making the gospel message relevant in everyday life. If our heads and our hearts are full of Jesus, then our conversations about him will flow out naturally.

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

Youth for Christ Italy: National Board Meeting

Tomorrow morning Stefano will be at the National Board meeting of YfC Italy.

Please pray for all the board members to be led by God's wisdom and vision in dealing with the review of last year activities and especially for YfC Italy vision, goals and strategies for next year and the longer terms!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

MySpace Club 4 Teens - As Big as the Universe



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: As Big as the Universe,
as follow up of the event we had with astronaut Charlie Duke.





We'll play lots of fun games about
space, the solar system and astronauts
that we'll serve as illustrations
to the Talk given by Stefano from Matthew 6:25-27

Together we'll be exposed to the incredible love and care that the Father who created the whole universe has for us in Jesus!

Wednesday, 4 November 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!!!