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?
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
Last weekend people from 3 of the parishes I work in gathered to celebrate our parish magazine. Its editor was retiring after almost 20 years of magazine production, along with the person who co-ordinates distribution, so we had a small party and presented gifts to the former editor and distribution team leader and welcomed the new … More All the news that’s fit to print?
This is a guest post by Jon Smith. I recently attended a course over six days run by Citizens UK (CUK). My place on the course was kindly funded by Diocese of Chelmsford and OK’d by the Bishop of Colchester. There were several other participants from the Diocese of Chelmsford area attending the course. The … More Community Organising – Power is the ability to act
If you attend training sessions, or play some part in creating them, then this post maybe helpful. It’s based on a “Think with google article” on this subject that I came across recently. If you want a fuller picture of what the article says please do read it and watch its youtube clip. If you’re … More Making learning stick – 6 top tips from google and its partners
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?