Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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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!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Theology for Breakfast with Porterbrook!

Tomorrow we'll continue
with our meeting:  
Theology for Breakfast!

Following Luther's Table Talks example, we'll meet from 9am to 11am @ Central Café
in Mezzolara where, while enjoying a breakfast with eggs&bacon, or capuccino & croissant or bread+butter&jam, we'll engage with God's Word discovering the beauty of theology in our everyday life!
We'll interact with the Porterbrook module:
The Bible in Missional Perspective.
With Stefano we'll engage with Unit 2:
Our Problem (fall and flood).

Together we'll walk through the Bible as the story of God's mission to redeem the world through his Son. We’ll find out why the church is so central to mission, and how to see everyday life through the Gospel lens.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Building TRUST



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: Building TRUST
We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Who am I?, T.R.U.S.T., 
Trust Falling, Twist & Pull, 
Who to Trust?, Screaming Goats, 
Be a Friend / Keep a Friend,
Real TRUST, Broken Trust,
Keep Your Word, Blind Chase & Car Crush which will serve as illustrations to Stefano & Phil Dunn's Talk from Jeremiah 17:7-8 where we'll see that Blessed is he who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Prayer meeting - Phil Dunn from EMF


Tomorrow evening we'll host in our home our monthly prayer meeting.
We'll have a time of prayer & intercession for our church family, and for the national work of Acts29Italy.

We'll also have a time of prayer for the work in Europe of the European Mission Fellowship.
We'll have with us Phil Dunn, Northern Ireland Representative of the EMF, who will give us updates from different churches around Europe.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Acts29 Italy training days

From Sunday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon,
Stefano & Jenny with Justin & Carli,
will be @ the Impatto Italia Acts 29 training days conference.

This year we'll engage
with the theme of Gospel Centred Discipleship interacting with the book of Jonathan K. Dodson.

Avoiding extremes and evaluating motives, Jonathan Dodson insists on a way of following Jesus that re–centers discipleship on the gospel. This book helps to understand and experience the fullness of discipleship as God intended. It combines the mess and the weight, the imperfection and transformation, the honesty and wonder of being a disciple who revolves around Jesus. Here is a practical guide to discipleship that is Spirit–filled, Christ–centered, field–tested, and easily implemented.

Sunday Service: Genesis 34

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 34: The sin of compromise & the mercy of God!
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the one who enters in our suffering to bring us God's life & peace!







Nino & Carli 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!