Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Reformation Past & Present - Connect Gospel Churches Together @ Forlì

On Monday we'll spend the whole Bank Holiday day in Forlì where the local church, has organised a Get Together Day for nearby churches!

4 local churches will come for this day of fellowship and envisioning for a Gospel partnership.

Stan Goertzen, pastor of Forlì church, will give a talk on:
Reformation Past & Present.
Stan will explain the story of Fanino Fanini,
an Italian evangelical martyr during the Reformation time,
who was ready to give up his life for the sake of the Lord and of
true Gospel proclamation!
Then we'll have a time to share stories from our churches
and how we still live the values of Reformation today!

There will be a bring & share fellowship lunch followed by a time led by Justin & Carli, where we'll get to know each other time by playing some games and have fun together.

Pray for this day and that more Gospel Partnerships
will be established in Italy.

Sunday Service: Genesis 25

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 chapter 25:  
God's Sovereignty & human Responsibility?
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ, the founder and perfecter of our faith!








Giovanni & Maura 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!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Porterbrook - Campus Bologna - Module: Culture

Tomorrow from 3.30pm to 7.00 pm in Nuova Vita Church
we'll continue the 2016-2017 Academic Year of
Porterbrook - Campus Bologna.




Stefano will teach the module Culture.
In this session, students will interact with these units:

4. Life Styles
5. Defining products
6. Film: Juno



Understanding culture is a complex task.
Christians have to find points of connection and difference with their cultural context to present the gospel clearly. This course helps with that task but goes further to show us how to do that creatively. This course will stretch you to think biblically and creatively about popular culture. It provides you with a theological tool kit to engage with film, music and computer games.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Who am I? PART #2



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.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Who am I? PART #2
We'll play lots of fun games like:
Human noughts and crosses, Big Bag Fashion, Truth or cauliflower, Same but different, Teeny Tiny Tug war, Inkblot, Difference spotting, Paying attention, Separation anxiety, Who are you?, which will serve as illustrations to Justin's Talk from Romans 15:7 to discover that the Lord sees us as we really are, yet He still loves us and calls us to imitate Him!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Prayer & Envisioning Meeting


Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week prayer & envisioning meeting in our home.


Our desire is to build up our church to have a passion for our community with a global vision for the work of the Lord!

Marco and Jenny will share about YfC Conference we've been in Naples and the prayer points we received from the work in Italy, eastern Europe and north Africa!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Sunday Service: Genesis 24

On Sunday we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






For a one-off time we'll meet at Budrio Library,
where we run our MySpace Club for teens every Friday.


At 10.30 we'll start our service continuing our series on the book of Genesis.
With Justin we'll engage with Genesis chapter 24: How can we know God's will?
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the only one who can be at the centre on our lives and identity!







Nazario & Maria 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!

YfC Italia 10th Anniversary Conference

Tomorrow we'll be at the Youth for Christ Italia Conference to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our presence in Italy.

The conference will be in Naples as the official launch of the new YfC work there.

From Saturday to Monday there will be many seminars and workshops on:
Entering in a teen's brain, Parenting a teen, How does it look like a youth leader?, Preaching & Teaching God's Word, Ministering to teens in the church, 
Philosophies of ministry to reach the youth of our towns, 
Engaging with under-age asylum seekers.

Stefano will teach in two of these seminars.
We are also really excited to have with us Marco,
the guy we recently baptised, who regularly helps at our
MySpace Club for teens in Budrio!


Thursday, 20 April 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Who am I?



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.







 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Who am I?
We'll play lots of fun games like: Jolly Jousting, The Artist, Visual Food, Look at the Appearance Vs Look at the heart, StickMan, Guess Who?, Who am I?, Mirror Reading, which will serve as illustrations to Stefano's Talk from 1 Samuel 16:7 to discover that the Lord sees us as we really are, yet He still loves us and redeems us!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

AppGenesis - Mid-Week Bible Study - Genesis 22-23

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 22-23!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Budrio 2017 summer camps for kids

Tomorrow in Budrio's auditorium, there will be the annual meeting organized by the town-hall, for parents of primary+middle school kids, to present all the summer activities available in Budrio.

We'll be there to present the English Sport Camp Exch@nge organized in partnership between our church and Youth for Christ Italy.

When last year there were about 80 parents at this meeting!
Pray with us for this opportunity the Lord is keep opening in Budrio to serve our community and proclaim the Gospel to young people!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter time in Budrio!

This year for Good Friday,
we'll have a special outreach evening
@ Justin & Carli's home.
We'll watch the 2016 movie Risen,
which portrays the search of a Roman soldier of Jesus' body after His Resurrection.
There will be a time for questions,
followed by a prayer time!

On Sunday we'll have a Family Service
with special activities for kids and families
to learn together about the great event of
Jesus Resurrection and the new life and peace we can enjoy in Him!
After there will be a fellowship lunch where we'll celebrate the Lord's Supper!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Christianity Explored @ Le Torri Lounge

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 12:1-11  
Jesus' Resurrection!

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: Genesis 22-23

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 chapters 22-23: Is God really worth of our trust and love?
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, who is truly Risen, giving us His justice, His life and His peace!







Nino & 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!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Porterbrook - Campus Bologna - Module: Culture

Tomorrow from 3.30pm to 7.00 pm in Nuova Vita Church
we'll continue the 2016-2017 Academic Year of
Porterbrook - Campus Bologna.




Stefano will teach the module Culture.
In this session, students will interact with these units:

1. Christ & culture
2. A Biblical history of culture
3. Recent cultural changes



Understanding culture is a complex task.
Christians have to find points of connection and difference with their cultural context to present the gospel clearly. This course helps with that task but goes further to show us how to do that creatively. This course will stretch you to think biblically and creatively about popular culture. It provides you with a theological tool kit to engage with film, music and computer games.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Bad News-Good News!!!



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.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Bad News-Good News!!!

We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Back together, Back to life, The act itself, Game over?, Bad news-Good news, Really really dead, Million smartie drop, The sting, Iv'e got the power, New beginnings, Inflated, which will serve as illustrations to Justin's Talk about the Bad News of the Cross, to pay for our sins, and the Good News of Easter as Jesus' Resurrection defeated once for all, death and sin!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

AppGenesis - Mid-Week Bible Study - Genesis 20-21

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 as 
church-family we'll engage with what 
we are studying from the book of 
Genesis chapters 20-21!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Living out our faith in the community

Yesterday evening we were invited,
alongside many associations in Budrio,
to a meeting in the Town Hall about a new project to redevelop a 1923 storehouse.
The project, that will start in the next year,
is to give back to the community this historical building, redesigned to serve as a cultural and meeting place for families and young people.
It was great to be part of this decision making process as part our town!
This evening we'll have the Bologna Pastors' Fraternal hosted by San Lazzaro Church.
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.

Tomorrow afternoon we'll be firstly at the Town Hall meeting to coordinate all the summer camps in Budrio, presenting our English Sport Camp Exch@nge.







Then we'll be at meeting to organize the next Food Bank Collection for the needy in Budrio on Saturday the 6th of May!

Join us in praying that the Lord will use all these opportunities to reach out in our community and to extend our vision for churches cooperation in the Lords' Harvest!