Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Mid-week meeting - Being Church

Tomorrow evening we'll continue our mid-week series of studies on Confession of Faith &         Church Membership.
During this year we've interacted with every statement of
The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement!

Tomorrow we'll continue with Stefano the series about church membership engaging with: Living out our being church! 

We'll engage with the practice of: Giving, Welcoming, Caring, Discipling and Participating!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Exch@nge 2017 Planning & Envisioning Meeting




Tomorrow morning Stefano & Justin will meet @
Youth for Christ Italia office to plan and to envision
the 2017 Exch@nge Camps.

There will be representatives from 5 churches from Bologna involved in this outreach project for teenagers, and for the first time a representative from the regions of Puglia and Tuscany.

We'll work together to choose a common theme for the camps, a series of Bible Talks and to organize the programs for the 5 camps we're planning to run, including the launch of Exch@nge Foggia & Exch@nge Florence!

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

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christianity Explored @ Le Torri Lounge

Tomorrow afternoon
we'll launch our new monthly Christianity Explored Course,
for every age-group!

Christianity Explored is a great way to give people space and time to think about the big questions of life.


Over 10 sessions in Mark's Gospel, we'll find out more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ.
Tomorrow with Stefano we'll engage with Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We'll run these meetings hosted by
the Café of the theatre we use for our
Sunday meetings as church.

Join us in praying for this opportunity to share the Gospel with passion and clarity to our new friends we've invited!


Sunday Service: Genesis 6

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 continuing our series on the book of Genesis.
With Justin we'll engage with Chapter 6 -
God's Arc: a message of salvation!
We'll be then exposed to the beauty of Christ: the true Arc of Salvation for our generation!







Stefano & Maria will lead our children's programme based on
The Gospel Project, in which week by week kids will engage with the same passages from Genesis and families will have activities to keep engaging with God's Word during the week!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Thanks...giving!



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have
the My Space Club 4 Teens
we offer during the school-year.
We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.
In this way we have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some of the kids they follow. As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.










Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material, interacting with the theme: Thanks...giving!

We'll play lots of fun & interactive games like: The Presidential Turkey Pardon, Hunt for the Turkey, Thankful or not?, Scavenger Hunt, Texan Thanksgiving, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim, Label the Words, Thankful Pictionary, Your Future Thanksgiving and The Story of Thanksgiving which will serve as illustrations to the Talk given by Maura from 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Thanksgiving Family Meal


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US, so we decided to celebrate an Italian version.

In the evening we'll all meet
@ Justin & Carli's home for a bring&share meal.

We've invited to families we are getting to know quite well through the MySpace Club!



Join us in praying that it will be a great Gospel opportunity to celebrate the goodness of our Lord and to share the many reasons we have to be thankful to God this year!

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, 
"I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 
2 Corinthians 4:13-15 (ESV)

Saturday, 19 November 2016

IDOP 2016 Bologna - International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Tomorrow we'll have a joint service of five churches in the Bologna area for IDOP 2016,
the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church promoted by the  
World Evangelical Alliance
and Open Doors.

This year our church Impatto Budrio is organising the day. Stefano will preach in the morning from Mark 10:13-34 focusing on Jesus' words: "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold 
now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, 
with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life."

In the afternoon Justin will lead the prayer meeting,
in which we'll intercede for the World focusing on the
5 nations at the top of the World Watch List 2016:
North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria.
These prayer points will be introduced by
Nuova Speranza church.

We'll intercede for Ghana where Muslims are agitating to have sharia established in the north of the country.
Marychris will explain the YfC Lighthouse for under-age asylum seekers in Bologna where they reach many of these migrants coming from Ghana.
These prayer points will be introduced by
Nuova Vita church.

We'll intercede for Pakistan where Christians are severely targeted by strict blasphemy laws.
Jenny will explain the MySpace club for kids in partnership with Budrio Social Workers where we are serving Muslim families including some from Pakistan.
These prayer points will be introduced by
Impatto Budrio church.

We'll intercede for Nigeria where Boko Haram threats to bomb churches and kill Christians.
Sergio will explain the Food Bank collection where the local church has served in 3 stores alongside 20 migrants from Nigeria hosted in San Lazzaro town.
These prayer points will be introduced by
San Lazzaro church.


Gianpaolo, pastor of Forte Torre church, will conclude this prayer time interceding with our brothers and sisters from the persecuted church worldwide and for those from these countries we are reaching out on our door steps!




Thursday, 17 November 2016

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Emoticons: Fear



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



We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.
In this way we have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some of the kids they follow. As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.









Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material, interacting with the theme: Emoticons: Fear 

We'll play lots of fun & interactive games like: Who's Fear, Overcoming Fear, Bushtucker Trial, Scream Factory, Nightlight!, Protect the Pop, Scream & Fly, Courage, Fight or Flight and The Face of Fear which will serve as illustrations to the Talk given by Justin from Joshua 1:9!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

App Genesis - Mid-Week Bible Study


Tomorrow evening we'll
continue with App Genesis
(Applying Genesis), our series of Mid-Week Bible Studies in which we'll keep interacting & applying what we're learning through the preaching in our Sunday Morning services.

Justin will lead this time where the church will be free to ask questions about what we are learning from the book of Genesis chapters 3-5!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Family Service & Children Dedication

Tomorrow we'll have a special
Family Service & Children Dedication
to worship God together as a church family
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 by singing
together some hymns for kids and one of the grandfathers will pray for our children.

Stefano will continue our series on the
book of Genesis preaching from Chapter 5:
Hope in God's Promise from father to son!
During the service we'll all do some activities with our children, including matching the father animals with their babies and cutting a paper doll family chain!

Then we'll have our first Children Dedication as church family in Budrio.

Justin & Carli will present their son Luca, Simone & Ramona will present their daughter Sephora and  
Nino & Stefania will present their son Emanuele.
Stefano will read from Psalm 78:3-7
and as church family we'll commit to raise
these children in the Lord!


After the service we'll continue our celebration enjoying a bring&share fellowship lunch!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Emoticons: Sadness



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



We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.
In this way we have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some of the kids they follow. As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.










Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material, interacting with the theme: Emoticons: Sadness
 
We'll play lots of fun & interactive games like: Who's in control?, A scale of sadness, Rocky times, What do you really know?, 
Get a handle on it!, Suppress or Explode, Keep it in the circle!, In the morning, 
A handy tissue..., which will serve as illustrations to the Talk given by
Justin from 1 Peter 1:3-4!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Mid-week meeting - Being Church

Tomorrow evening we'll continue our mid-week series of studies on Confession of Faith &         Church Membership.
During this year we've interacted with every statement of
The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement!

Tomorrow we'll continue with Stefano the series about church membership engaging with: Organism & Organisation!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Uncover - reach out older teens in Budrio!

Tomorrow afternoon we'll launch Uncover,
a new programme to reach older teens in Budrio!

Uncover - See for Yourself!, is an interactive Bible Study for Young Adults created by UCCF.

Together we'll engage with Luke's Gospel, which was written as an investigation into the life and purpose of Jesus Christ. Uncover will help us to investigate Jesus’ claims and experience the life he offers.

We'll run these meetings one a month in the Café of the theatre we use for our Sunday meetings as church.
Please pray for this opportunity, for us to have Gospel passion and clarity and for the kids we've invited!



Sunday Service: Genesis 4

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 continuing our series on the book of Genesis.
With Justin we'll engage with Chapter 4 -
God's sacrifice, not man's!
We'll be then exposed to the beauty of Christ: the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!







Nino & Jenny will lead our children's programme based on
The Gospel Project, in which week by week kids will engage with the same passages from Genesis and families will have activities to keep engaging with God's Word during the week!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Emoticons: Anger



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



We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.
In this way we have a fantastic room with a courtyard in Budrio Library and the social workers are sending some of the kids they follow. As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.









Tomorrow we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material, interacting with the theme: Emoticons: Anger



We'll play lots of fun & interactive games like: EmotiContest, Emoticons, Controlling the Emoticon, Viva Pinata, InsideOut Anger, The Spewer, The Stuffer, The Leaker and Potato Roll, which will serve as illustrations to the Talk given by Stefano from  
James 1:19-25!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Prayer & Envisioning Meeting


Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week prayer & envisioning meeting in our home.
Stefano will lead this time from Colossians 4:2-6.

Our desire is to keep committing to the Lord in prayer all we think, plan and do, so to be guided
by Hid wisdom and vision.

We also work to build up our church to have a passion for our community with a global vision for the world-wide work of the Lord!