Welcoming cyclists to rural churches

(Icon adapted from Freepik.com) I recently came across this page on @diomanchester ‘s website.  Its their response to plans for Greater Manchester to become Britain’s first ‘cycling city’.  Which got me thinking about how rural churches could be more welcoming to cyclists. It’s two years since we moved from Saffron Walden to take up my … More Welcoming cyclists to rural churches

January till Easter 2019 – Ideas for church services & events & social media resources

Around now might be the time you are bending your mind to events and services for January to Easter 2019.  Along with some of the red letter days, I’ve collated a number of other ideas.  The “usual suspects” are listed below along with – I hope – some other useful ideas and links.  If you … More January till Easter 2019 – Ideas for church services & events & social media resources

The triple bottom line – People, Profit, Planet

How to be Good is a series of  short interviews on youtube from Ely Cathedral.  Each looks at a particular area of work.  The first covered medicine, the second literature and the third, below, is on farming. There will be five conversations in total in the series. They’re between the writer, Francis Spufford, and five … More The triple bottom line – People, Profit, Planet

Rural & urban/average statistics – 28 differences – and some discussion points

Summary & Discussion From the more detailed text that follows later below I’ve drawn out these key points. Rural populations are older and have a larger: a) % of people with physical/mental conditions lasting 12 months or more; b) % of retirees c) % of retirees whose main income is the state pension; d) % … More Rural & urban/average statistics – 28 differences – and some discussion points

Creative Leadership isn’t about having all the ideas

  I found this 2 minute clip via “the friday mailing – leading learning for a faith-full church” from nick.shepherd@churchofengland.org.  In the clip Sir Ken Robinson makes a number of points about leadership that fosters creativity. When I first came across the entrepreneurial and creative leadership language being applied to church leadership I was pretty … More Creative Leadership isn’t about having all the ideas

Nine points from the July 2018 Recharging Rural Report

In July 2018 the Prince’s Countryside Fund published it’s “Recharging Rural – Creating sustainable communities to 2030 and beyond” report  – and it’s appendices – by Professor Sarah Skerratt, Director of Policy Engagement, Scotland’s Rural College. The report is based on 3098 responses from across the UK to an online survey undertaken March/April 2018.  It … More Nine points from the July 2018 Recharging Rural Report

Bread of heaven?

This year, owing to the hot, dry weather, harvest has been well underway for some time.  But the celebration of Lammas – on or around 1 August – is usually timed to coincide with the gathering in of the first crops of the season.  The name comes from the Old English – hláfmæsse – bread (hláf) for the … More Bread of heaven?

September till December 2018 – Ideas for church services and events

on Around now might be the time you are bending your mind to events and services for September to December 2018.  Along with some of the red letter days, I’ve collated a number of other ideas. The “usual suspects” are listed below along with – I hope – some other useful ideas and links. If … More September till December 2018 – Ideas for church services and events