Here’s a guest post from John Fry, who’s vicar of the Theydon Parishes. If you have ever driven anticlockwise round the M25, you will have probably seen the parish church of All Saints Theydon Garnon, on the hill overlooking the junction with the M11. The parish is a rural parish within the Barking Episcopal Area, … More As quiet as a lamb?
Messy Church began in 2004 and has been adopted as a model in many contexts. For rural places, it’s the most common form of fresh expression of church. The Church Army Research Unit has recently published a report following a 2 year research project, asking whether Messy Church is helping to grow disciples and how … More Playfully Serious
The decision last week by General Synod to remove the requirement to hold weekly communion services in every church in a multi-parish benefice (MPB) is a welcome move. Part of the Simplification Task Group’s work, this has a been a while coming. However, if you’d read the press, you’d have thought it was a major … More Sunday, Sunday
Germinate has recently updated their online resource on Rural Church Buildings. The revised web-based resource covers: maintenance , major projects, setting up a friends group, reordering for both liturgical purposes and wider community use and welcoming visitors. Accessible Welcome from Germinate is only in part about the bricks and mortar – the toolkit helps churches … More Buildings round-up
I Thanks to Nick Shepherd’s excellent Friday Mailing I recently came across this November 2018 paper “Reimagining Ministerial Formation” by David Heywood, Deputy Director of Ministry (Ministerial Formation) in the Diocese of Oxford. A quick summary is below as the document is 91 pages. If you have the time, the whole paper is well worth … More Reimagining Ministerial Formation
A guest post from Andy Griffiths, CMD Adviser for the Bradwell Area in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Bob Jackson has written a book that seems likely to prove influential: Leading One Church at a Time (Grove, 2019). Perhaps the Church of England’s leading specialist in Church Growth, Jackson is a believer that multi-parish benefices as presently employed … More One at a time
If you’re thinking about how your churches might better engage with their local communities … then this Church Army research and resources maybe of interest. A list at the foot of this post gives examples of social action that the report lists in an appendix. Their November 2018 “A Bigger Difference” report is on social … More Social Action as a way of engaging with communities
The Diocese of Oxford has published a Flourishing in Ministry resource: the booklet is available to download from their website. In announcing the booklet they say that the section of their website covering this will have further sources of inspiration and support. They also plan to publish some guidance for churchwardens and laity. This … More Flourishing in ministry – the key thing is to talk with someone you trust, don’t bottle it up.
Back on 13th November 2017 we started this Rural Presence blog with it’s tagline “thinking aloud about being a Christian presence in every (rural) community”. Since that initial post we’ve posted 49 times – so almost one post a week – and today we’ve reached our 1st birthday! Hopefully our posts have been helpful to … More Happy Birthday to Rural Presence!
Here are 5 top tips taken from/prompted by an academic study which is summarised below: List the various actors, (individuals or organisations), in your community. Map which have relationships with other actors in the community. Assess which issues the actors are most likely to collaborate on. Short on time? Put a coordinator, (or project leader), … More 5 top tips for churches on building community & addressing issues