Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

New Year's Eve Service and Celebration with the Budrio Community

Tomorrow we'll have a special New Year's Eve evening service hosted by a family from the church.
We'll all meet for a traditional New Year bring & share dinner.

We'll have a time of prayer and Stefano will preach on Psalm 34 focusing for this end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 on verse 8:
"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!"

At 11.30pm we'll join Budrio community
for the traditional bonfire by the Christmas tree in the main square.

At midnight we'll celebrate the arrival of 2018 with panettone and spumante & mulled wine.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate with our community and to strengthen many relationships and friendships!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Sunday Service: A living 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 with Stefano we'll engage
with Galatians 3:23-29, 4:1-7:  
A living Christmas.
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ:
when the fullness of time had come, 
God sent forth his Son, born of woman, 
born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" . 

To conclude this Christmas series,
we'll have a special Family Service where families will stay together while we engage with God's Word applying to our lives!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Video Update about ministry amongst Asylum Seekers in Budrio

Dear friends,
thanks ever so much for your praying support for the Lord's work in Budrio over these weeks. 

We have prepared a little Video Update about our ministry amongst Asylum Seekers in Budrio.
 
Feel free to use this video for small groups or prayer meetings

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas Party @ HUB for underage asylum seekers

Tomorrow afternoon we'll be with the kids and staff from the HUB for underage asylum seekers in Budrio.

Indeed, this year the HUB manager asked our church to offer a Christmas Party
for them in partnership with
Youth for Christ Italy!

In a village next to Budrio, last year it 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.

In partnership with the YfC Italy
programme Lighthouse,
created to reach out migrants
who lands in Italy, we're offering
on a weekly basis a Basketball Clinic
with Coach Chris Bilyeu.

Tomorrow with a team of 10 Christians from our church and the Bologna YfC Staff, we'll have a fun time with the kids cooking with them some pizza, chocolate chips cookies and ginger bread biscuits, to offer to the Budrio community invited at the party. We'll play together some games, some Scottish dances and Christmas crafts.

Then Santa will arrive and he'll explain that Jesus is the Reason for the Christmas Season and Stefano will give a Talk from Luke 2:10-11  
And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Tuesday, 19 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, 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!