Here’s a guest post from Revd Janet Nicholls, Rural Adviser and Agricultural Chaplain, Diocese of Chelmsford. The fields in the rural areas of our diocese are full of life, vibrancy and potential. After a long harsh winter, crops have fizzed into growth with the warmth of late spring. But can you recognise what’s growing? Do you look … More Farm open
I’ve just come across this informative CofE Research Booklet on what millennials think about weddings (cover above) which is available on the CofE print hub. There is also a 12/4/18 CofE press release on the subject. The research was done over two days last November with over 1000 unmarried people between the ages of 18 … More Millennials, Marriage and Church Weddings
“We don’t travel well…” – this is one of the characteristics that rural church communities often acknowledge about themselves. It may be acceptable to drive to the nearest large supermarket, but going to a neighbouring village to worship in a different church… that’s a whole other thing… I was musing about how this is so … More Church on tour?
If you work from home in a rural location, running or setting up your own business, there’s a chance that you may indeed feel isolated… and value both some companionship and some co-consultancy. That’s where Beer Mat Mentoring comes in. It’s designed by Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre and includes a simplified version of their … More Entrepreneurs… lonely?
There’s a thing government does that tests out how policies may impact rural areas and it’s called rural-proofing. The UK government does this because rural areas together count: they are “home to one-fifth of England’s population and a quarter of all registered businesses; they contribute over 16 per cent of England’s economy each year.” But … More Rural-proofing for churches?
Fresh from another round of Prayer Spaces in Schools for Easter across the three CofE schools I work in, I was interested to read about a project run in Bangor Cathedral focussed on how Christians understand and celebrate Christmas in the latest issue of Rural Theology. Learning in rural cathedrals: a case study of religious education outside … More Learning, prayer and play
Introduction Using internet based research I’ve found surprisingly few resources available to explain what can be done within the current rules. Options available seem to include combining PCCs and roles on them – even if it be via a scheme renewed annually by the relevant PCCs. The Church of England’s Church Representation Rules set out … More Options – within the rules – for rural parishes on governance and administration
From Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre this is a four session course (2 to 4 hours per session) designed to run over 6 weeks – or more. It uses group exercises, reflection and – between sessions 2 and 3 some homework and research – to help a rural church understand the needs of their local … More Equipping a church for Rural Mission – a four session course over six weeks or so
For a couple of years now the Church of England initiative Renewal and Reform has sparked passionate debate as new elements are launched. The argument is particularly intense where the programme seeks to apply some secular insights into leadership and management to the church. To over-simplify the positions being taken – Supporters welcome the approach whilst stressing … More Servant Leadership – a secular perspective
On Saturday 24/3/18 Newcastle Diocese made available via dropbox their 12 page document on this subject. Previously they had set out their vision for the future of their Diocese “growing church bringing hope”, along with 5 key strands of activity of which “reimagining the rural church” was one – now known as the rural strand. … More The Rural Strand of the Newcastle Diocesan Vision & Strategy