Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Sunday Service: A fulfilled Christmas!

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
our Christmas series.
With Justin we'll engage with  
Luke 2:11-14: A fulfilled Christmas.
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the one about whom the angel said:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.






Giovanni & Carli will lead our children's programme based on The Gospel Project, in which week by week
kids engage with the same passage and families will have activities to keep interacting with God's Word during the week!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - The Real Christmas



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our
My Space Club 4 Teens
for this 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.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: The Real Christmas!

We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Just a word, Know the signs, Toes or Nose?,
Pair em up, Plastic Christmas, 
Why in the World?, Santa and Jesus, 
The Nativity Story, Sign of the Times,
which will serve as illustrations to Justin's Talk from Matthew 1:18 - 2:12 where we'll see what Christmas is really all about!


Then we'll have a special guest from afar, that will remind us, who is the best gift we can receive this Christmas!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

AppGenesis - Mid-Week Bible Study - Genesis 36

Tomorrow evening we'll continue with
AppGenesis (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 as 
church-family we'll engage with what 
we are studying from the book of 
Genesis chapters 36!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Outreach with under-age asylum seekers: Basketball Clinic

Tomorrow we'll continue
our outreach programme for migrants at the HUB for under-age asylum seekers in Budrio,
in partnership with YfC Italy.

In a village next to Budrio,
last year was opened the second biggest centre of the Bologna area, to host under-age migrants landed in Italy. At the moment they host about 30 kids, mostly Muslim, from various African and Asian countries.


We offer a series of Basketball Clinics with Coach Chris Bilyeu, a former Principal, Teacher and Coach of Basketball, Baseball and American Football from Oklahoma,
now part of the Bologna staff of YfC Italy.
We are very excited for this opportunity for our church to reach out these kids and for the new partnership with the manager of the Mezzolara Sport Centre.
Join us in praying for Chris and us that we'll be able to share
Jesus' Love to these kids, the HUB staff and the Sport Centre staff,
in words and actions.
 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sunday Service: A promised Christmas!

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
our  Christmas series.
With Stefano we'll engage with  
Isaiah 7, 8, 9: A promised Christmas.
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6





Matteo, Jenny & Raffaela will lead our children's programme based on The Gospel Project, in which week by week
kids engage with the same passage and families will have activities to keep interacting with God's Word during the week!

Friday, 8 December 2017

YfC Italy - Bologna Training Course

Tomorrow we'll have the 2nd meeting for the YfC Italy - Bologna Training Course.
Ester, YfC national director, will teach about adolescence and faith.
Stefano, will teach about Generation Z culture & Social Networks, How to interact and reach out the lost as we are Anchored to the Rock and Geared with the Times!

Please pray for the teachers that we'll transmit Gospel clarity and Jesus' passion for the lost.
Pray also for the 9 students, some of them are YfC staff, some are youth workers in their churches, and for Maura and Marco from our church, who regularly help at MySpace Budrio!


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Family Time Evening - Cinema&PopCorn - Les Mis

Tomorrow evening we'll have our family time mid-week meeting: Cinema & PopCorn where we'll watch together the movie Les Miserbles.
This movie is a great illustration of the transforming Grace that Jesus alone can give us!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Outreach with under-age asylum seekers: Basketball Clinic

Tomorrow we'll continue
our outreach programme for migrants at the HUB for under-age asylum seekers in Budrio,
in partnership with YfC Italy.

In a village next to Budrio,
last year was opened the second biggest centre of the Bologna area, to host under-age migrants landed in Italy. At the moment they host about 30 kids, mostly Muslim, from various African and Asian countries.


We offer a series of Basketball Clinics with Coach Chris Bilyeu, a former Principal, Teacher and Coach of Basketball, Baseball and American Football from Oklahoma,
now part of the Bologna staff of YfC Italy.
We are very excited for this opportunity for our church to reach out these kids and for the new partnership with the manager of the Mezzolara Sport Centre.
Join us in praying for Chris and us that we'll be able to share
Jesus' Love to these kids, the HUB staff and the Sport Centre staff,
in words and actions.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Sunday Service: Genesis 36

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  
Genesis 36: To which family do you belong? We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called
into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord!     1 Corinthians 1:8-9





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

Thursday, 30 November 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Faithfulness



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our
My Space Club 4 Teens
for this 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.





 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Faithfulness!
We'll play lots of fun games like: 
3 times faithful, Body Parts, Stuck Together, Endurance Challenge, Don't Break it!,
He's Faithful, Faithfulness?, Tissue Racing, 
which will serve as illustrations to Stefano's Talk from 1 John 1:8-10, 2:1-2 where we'll see that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness in Jesus!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

AppGenesis - Mid-Week Bible Study - Genesis 34-35

Tomorrow evening we'll continue with
AppGenesis (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.

Stefano will lead this time where as 
church-family we'll engage with what 
we are studying from the book of 
Genesis chapters 34-35!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Outreach with under-age asylum seekers: Basketball outreach

Tomorrow morning we'll start a new outreach programme for migrants at the HUB for under-age asylum seekers in Budrio,
in partnership with YfC Italy.

In a village next to Budrio,
last year was opened the second biggest centre of the Bologna area, to host under-age migrants landed in Italy. At the moment they host about 30 kids, mostly Muslim, from various African and Asian countries.

A door was opened to offer a series of Basketball Clinics with Coach Chris Bilyeu, a former Principal, Teacher and Coach of Basketball, Baseball and American Football from Oklahoma,
now part of the Bologna staff of YfC Italy.
We are very excited for this opportunity for our church to reach out these kids and for the new partnership with the manager of the Mezzolara Sport Centre.
Join us in praying for Chris and us that we'll be able to share
Jesus' Love to these kids, the HUB staff and the Sport Centre staff,
in words and actions!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Sunday Service: Genesis 35

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 Stefano we'll engage with  
Genesis 35: God's victory through a dysfunctional family!
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the one who enters in our suffering to bring us God's life & peace!






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


After the service we'll have a bring&share fellowship lunch with Giuseppe & his fiancé Sun-min!
Giuseppe did an internship programme two years ago with us in Budrio after his missional experience in Senegal with WEC Italy.

Giuseppe & Sun-min have completed a theological and missional training at the EastWest Bible College in New Zealand which specifically prepares Christian workers for cross-cultural service.
Now they are getting ready to work with WEC in Germany amongst Iranian refugees.
It is a privilege for our little church to partner with them for the Gospel cause!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - From Selfies to Selflessness!



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our
My Space Club 4 Teens
for this 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.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: From Selfies to Selflessness!

We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Green & Blue, Aim High, 
Running with selflessness,
That's what I want, 20 words,
Build up, Self-less?, The line,
Rewards, Top Tips, Lay it down,
which will serve as illustrations
to Justin's Talk from Mark 12:30-31
where we'll see what does it really mean
to love our neighbour as ourselves!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Thanksgiving Family Meal


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

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

We've invited a few new friends from the October Reformation events, so we should have about 15 non-Christians with us!


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, 18 November 2017

Christianity Explored

Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our 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.

We run these public meetings hosted by the Café of the theatre we use for our Sunday meetings as church!


Tomorrow with Stefano
we'll engage with
Mark 4:3-20 - Are we the choices we have made?

Over 10 sessions in Mark's Gospel, we'll find out about the life and the teachings of the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ.

Sunday Service: visiting preacher Phil Dunn

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.
We'll have with us Phil Dunn,
Northern Ireland Representative of the European Mission Fellowship.
Phil will preach on how we should 
marvel at Jesus' identity and be 
confident in His power from John 1:1-5.






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