Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Porterbrook Campus Bologna - AA2016-2016




Tomorrow will start the new academic year of Porterbrook Campus Bologna.

We'll have about 30 students from 5 local churches in the Bologna area, which will engage with four modules on Character, Bible&Doctrine, Church and World, taught by four local pastors and church-planters.



This year we'll interact with,
Living the Cross and Resurrection, taught by Mark Brucato,
Union with Christ, taught by Gianpaolo Aranzulla,
Missional Church and Church Planting, taught by Jonathan Gilmore
and Culture, taught by Stefano.

Join us in praying that students will be challenged by God's Word, with a renewed vision for growing in the Lord and reaching out their communities, and for us as teacher, that we'll be faithfully teach and apply the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Mid-week meeting - Being Church


Tomorrow evening we'll continue our mid-week series of studies on Church Membership & Confession of Faith.

Together we're interacting with every statement of The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement engaging with God's Word and applying it to our everyday life!



Stefano will lead this meeting in which we'll engage with the thirteenth statement:  The Restoration of All Things.

We'll engage with the biblical concept of church membership and the importance of being the local body of Christ witnessing His Gospel in Budrio, while experiencing a biblical interdependency with the other local churches who share this Confessional Statements, and the global body of Christ!

Reflections, encouragements & prayer points after the 58° Onion's Fair in Mezzolara!













Yesterday we enjoyed a meal for all the volunteers to celebrate the end of the 58° Onion's Fair. 

Four Christians from our church-plant  have been involved @ this community event helping in serving and clearing tables. 
As church we'll also supported this event since this year for every meal consumed @ the Fair, 1€ will be donated for those affected by the earthquake in Central Italy.
Yesterday we've been told that more than 5.000€ will be donated!!!


We had many opportunities fro good Gospel conversations, as well as making new friends and strengthening older friendships, while serving together our community!

It was great also to get to know some of the migrants hosted in Budrio who are mainly from Mali, Niger and some from Senegal!

Keep praying with us for the Lord's work in Budrio and our missional vision as church!



Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A true sense of Thankfulness!!!

Exactly two years ago Jenny and I were helping at the Onion's Fair in our town, when I received a phone call in a very busy moment.
It was an American guy with a funny Tuscan accent saying that he and his wife moved to Bologna for work and would like to come to see our church-plant on a Sunday morning.

2 years after Justin, Carli & their son Luca are part of our church-family!
They have been a huge blessing for the ministry and a great encouragement for us
in partnering for the Lord's work in Budrio.

And this year we've been serving together @ the Onion's Fair in Mezzolara, making new friendships and establishing older ones.
We feel a true sense of Thankfulness to the Lord of the Harvest!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Summer Series: United We Stand - Titus 3:9-15

On Sunday morning, we'll conclude our Summer Series
on 1 Timothy & Titus.
With Justin we'll interact with Titus 3:9-15,
engaging with the topic of: United We Stand.

Throughout July and September
we've engaged with 1 Timothy and Titus,
following the John Stott commentary for Study Groups.

After the service, we'll have a meal as church-family
at the Onion Fair in Mezzolara where some of us have served as volunteers in these days so to keep building up relationships in the community!




As church we'll also support this event
since this year for every meal consumed @ the Fair, 1€ will be donated for those affected by the earthquake in Central Italy!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Living the Community @ 58th Onion Fair & Council of Budrio Associations

Tomorrow and for the rest of the week-end we'll be @ the 58th Onion Fair in Mezzolara!
Five Christians from our church-plant will be present @ this community event helping in serving and clearing tables.
This is a great opportunity to be involved in our community and to get to know people while serving together and enjoying a late evening meal for all the volunteers at the end of every day during the Fair!

As church we'll also support this event since this year for every meal consumed @ the Fair,
1€ will be donated for those affected by the earthquake in Central Italy! 

Tomorrow evening Stefano will participate @ the meeting of the Council of Budrio Associations to plan the next celebrations for the 10th anniversary, the Town Hall project about addictions and the welcoming of a new group of migrants in Budrio!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Mid-week meeting - Being Church


Tomorrow evening we'll continue our mid-week series of studies on Church Membership & Confession of Faith.

Together we're interacting with every statement of The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement engaging with God's Word and applying it to our everyday life!



Stefano  will lead this meeting in which we'll engage with the twelfth statement: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

We'll engage with the biblical concept of church membership and the importance of being the local body of Christ witnessing His Gospel in Budrio, while experiencing a biblical interdependency with the other local churches who share this Confessional Statements, and the global body of Christ!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Summer Series: Truth in the World - Titus 3:1-8

Tomorrow morning, we'll continue our Summer Series
on 1 Timothy & Titus.

With Stefano we'll interact with Titus 3:1-8,
engaging with the topic of: Truth in the World.

Throughout July and September
we'll engage with 1 Timothy and Titus,
following the John Stott commentary for Study Groups.

After the service,
we'll enjoy a bring&share
fellowship lunch
as church-family!


In the afternoon we'll introduce the vision for our church life in the next few months and the new series on Genesis.


In connection we'll present the new Sunday School material we'll use with our kids, based on The Gospel Project:

A chronological, Christ-centered Bible study for Kids that examines how all Scripture gives testimony to Jesus Christ. 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Living the Community @ 58th Onion Fair

This evening will start the 58th Onion Fair in Mezzolara, Budrio!

This year the event will cover 2 weekends, from the 17th-18th to the 23rd-26th of September.

Five Christians from our church-plant will be present @ this community event helping in serving and clearing tables.



This is a great opportunity to be involved in our community and to get to know people while serving together and enjoying a late evening meal for all the volunteers at the end of every day during the Fair!

As church we'll also support this event since this year for every meal consumed @ the Fair,
1€ will be donated for those affected by the earthquake in Central Italy! 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Prayer Meeting - Global Vision


This evening we'll have our monthly
prayer meeting.

We'll intercede for the needs of our church-family and our local community!


We'll also focus on our call for the global vision of our Lord. Justin & Carli will give reports of their time in the US and Stefano & Jenny will share about their time in the UK!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Deputation 2016

Yesterday we finished our 2016 EMF Deputation!
We travelled around UK for 2 weeks visiting churches we are connected with and new ones. It was great to see good old friends and to meet new ones! It's always encouraging to see so many committed Christians earnestly praying for the Lord's work in Budrio!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Deputation 2016 - Ystrad Mynach & Bridgend


Tomorrow we'll conclude our
2016 EMF Deputation
in Ystrad Mynach & Bridgend




In the morning we'll join our friends from
Baptist Mission Ystrad Mynach.

During their service we'll be interviews
about the Lord's work in Italy 
and our ministry in Budrio!
Then we'll travel to Bridgend
to be with our old friends from
Freeschool Court Evangelical Church.
This is the church we attended as students
in our Bible College years!

We'll be interviewed during their evening service and we'll speak at their Missionary Prayer Meeting about our church-planting work in Budrio!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Deputation 2016 - Kirby-le-Soken

 
Tomorrow we'll continue our
in Kirby-le-Soken.


We'll be with our friends from
for their prayer meeting.

It is great to meet Christians committed to world mission and to share with them about the Lord's work in Budrio!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Deputation 2016 - Pakenham


Tomorrow we'll continue our
2016 EMF deputation
in Pakenham.

We'll be with our friends from
for their mid-week meeting.
It will be great to spend time with these long-term friends and their new church-plant!

Stefano will introduce the meeting with God's Word from 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and with Jenny we'll share about the Lord's work in Budrio!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Deputation 2016 - Loughborough


Tomorrow we'll continue our 2016 EMF Deputation
In the evening we'll be with our  friends from  

We'll have an opportunity to share about how the Lord is working in Budrio @ their IGPA Italy prayer meeting.

Italy is one of their five International Gospel Priority Areas (IGPA).


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Deputation 2016 - York & Sheffield


Tomorrow we'll continue our
2016 Deputation with EMF
in York and Sheffield.



We'll be with our friends from
York Evangelical Church
for their morning service.

Stefano will take part of their series on the Book of Isaiah, preaching from Isaiah 58:1-14: Loveless religion sucks!

During the service we'll share about the Lord's work in Budrio.



Then we'll travel to Sheffield,
to be at the evening service
with our friends from
Wycliffe Independent Church.

It will be great to celebrate the Lord with them and to be able
to share with them some of the challenges & joys of the church-planting work in Budrio!