Stoke Poges Men's Group
Time set aside for men to encourage and be encouraged.
A big welcome from the Stoke Poges Men’s Group. If you have not been to one of our events, then please read on to find out what you are missing! During the year we run curry nights, dinners, Saturday morning breakfasts, activity evenings (skittles etc.) and visits to interesting venues. There is something for everyone! We are not an exclusive group but very inclusive and guys from a wide area (not just from Stoke Poges) come along to our events. We are open to everyone – guys of all faiths and none are always given a very warm welcome.
At some of our events we invite a special guest who will give a talk on a specific topic, and during their talk they will usually share something of their Christian faith and how it has guided and influenced them during their lives.
Our group is affiliated to a UK organisation called Christian Vision for Men who run an annual conference for men and support men’s groups throughout the UK.
Men’s “Bring your own Bacon” Breakfast – Saturday 26th September 2020
Why not join us for our next virtual “Bring your own Bacon” Men’s Breakfast? Our first virtual event on Saturday 18th July went very well, so we have scheduled another one for Saturday 26th September. Our speaker will be Michael Cooper, the National Director of Christian Vision for Men (CVM), the organisation that our men’s group is affiliated to. Michael has had a varied career which began when he joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. As a Radar Engineer he worked at Early Warning stations around the UK and had a final posting in 1987 at RAF Ash where he was responsible for the station’s Air Defence Systems. In 'civvy street’ he enjoyed a number of technical, managerial and commercial roles in IT and Business Continuity, until redundancy in 2012 saw him make a complete ‘career' change - behind the wheel of a double-decker bus!
Michael became a Christian whilst a chorister at the Collegiate church of All Saints, Maidstone. Growing up, getting married and living and working in a military environment all presented their challenges. Like many, he experienced plenty of ups and downs trying to live out his faith, but a move back to Maidstone and some pioneering work with a friend in establishing a new men's ministry re-ignited his passion and commitment to serve Jesus.
He enjoys running, cycling and kayaking, is a keen supporter of Maidstone United FC, loves Pink Floyd, real ale and anything that involves 'messing about on the water', despite being an ex-Airman! We are delighted that Michael is able to join us for this virtual Men’s Breakfast. After his talk there will be a question and answer session and we should finish at approximately 10am.
There will be another virtual Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 21st November. Joining our virtual events will be possible from almost any internet connected device. Once you have booked your place, you will be sent a web link that will enable you to directly connect your device (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, iPad, etc.) to the event via Google Meet. If you do not have access to the internet, you can still join in via your phone (you will be given a phone number and PIN number).
We would be delighted if you could join us for one or both of these events. For more information about our events and to book your place, contact Tony or Nigel:
Tony Shortman: 01844-350014 or email: tony-mavis[at]shortman.eclipse.co.uk
Nigel Lowe: 07973-349721 or email: nigel[at]suchlowe.f2s.com
Facebook: If you’d like to join us on Facebook here is the link to our group.