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Since our Generous Life series last October we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who pledged and have donated to the All In Fund.  Pastor Mark outlines the latest information below and how this is making a difference already in people’s lives.

No matter where we access our news content, from newspapers to Twitter, the future of our finances features heavily alongside the tragic events transpiring in Ukraine. Descriptions of rampant inflation, credit crunch, falling living standards, and food poverty fill the airwaves and copious column inches. These headlines, coupled with the reality of the rising prices of everything from supermarket essentials to filling the car up, can intensify the anxiety within us.

At the height of Jesus’ popularity, with people literally trampling over each other to get near, Dr Luke records for us his teaching regarding anxiety. Jesus’ encouragement to his disciples was “Fear not!” Why? Because God knows you intimately, down to the number of hairs in your head, and you are of infinite value to him.

The Bank That Won’t Go Bankrupt

In Luke 12 Jesus directly addressed our concerns around finance:

“Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. […] Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. […] The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. […] Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on!” – Luke 12:22-23, 32-33 (Message)

The Board and Leadership Team

On behalf of our Board and Leadership team at Milton Keynes Christian Centre, I want to thank you for your generosity towards those most in need in our community. Through our All In Community Fund in the last year, we have seen lives transformed because of your open-handed generosity.

As of February 2022, together we’d given almost £75,500, which is truly remarkable.

All In – Church:         £18,485
All In – Community: £21,374
All In – Mission:        £35,707

 

Your Generosity In Motion

In December, we were able to provide 31 Christmas hampers to families in need from one of the local schools in Oldbrook. One family in particular, contacted us to make sure they would receive a hamper. To reassure them, one of our team made a visit to their home, and quickly realised the family were facing severe financial difficulty. So, in addition to the regular hamper, we were able to add all the fresh ingredients needed for a special Christmas dinner.

We were also able to buy presents for the children and gifts for their mother. When our Discovery Kids team delivered the gifts, there were many grateful tears. This is just one of countless lives that have been touched though your generosity as we tell our city that God is ‘For Milton Keynes’. God is for them! Thank you for making this possible

Below, I have taken the opportunity to list just a few of the ways that your giving has reached those in need in Milton Keynes.

Every blessing,

Mark Sherratt
Senior Pastor

  • 50 mums received cards and gift vouchers on behalf of young offenders in prison to help maintain, build and restore relationships.
  • 36 mums in the MK ACT refuge were given a gift from their children on Mother’s Day.
  • 160 residents in Sheltered Housing in Oldbrook, Eaglestone, Springfield, and Two Mile Ash were surprised with gifts at Easter and Christmas.
  • £1,200 was given to MK Food Bank to purchase a new warehouse storage system and reusable crates for storage, transit, and delivery of food.
  • 115 free sanitary and personal hygiene packs were distributed to women and girls unable to afford their own. The project was in partnership with MK Food Bank, Kings Community Church, Baby Basics, MK ACT, SMART Team, Hedgerows and Moorlands Family Centre, and The Melting Pot.
  • We gave a £500 gift to Baby Basics to replenish stock while sponsors responded to the longer-term need for baby food.
  • We secured a new partnership with MK YMCA and contributed £1,000 to assist the residents with job-seeking and personal development.
  • To assist the elderly eligible for the Independent Living Service, we gave £2,000 to Age UK in Milton Keynes.
  • 105 brand-new children’s gifts were purchased and delivered to MK Council Family Support Team and Children Centres across Milton Keynes, where they were wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas.
  • 350 children across Milton Keynes received a Christmas Activity Pack, with gifts and sweet treats including hot chocolate, craft supplies, and a special book titled “When Santa learnt the Gospel’.
  • To help disadvantaged young people access education and work opportunities, we made a £500 contribution to MK Community Foundation’s ‘Next Generation Fund’.

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