(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
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
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
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
Still in some minds the uber-model for Anglican rural ministry, George Herbert was born in Wales in 1593 and spent only 3 years of his life as a parish priest. He also packed into his 39 years a stint as an MP and a period as an academic as well as the poetry and the … More If you meet George Herbert on the road…
There’s a first time for everything – and for me this year it’s preparing the ashes for the Ash Wednesday liturgy. You can buy in ash in little plastic bags, of course, from reputable suppliers, but there’s something fitting about this process of recycling. As it uses the palms from Palm Sunday, that have stood in … More Burning down the house?
Just back from an excellent few days reflecting on what it means to lead churches in a rural context. The Germinate Leadership course from Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre is an 18-month programme that “combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues … More Seedtime
Commissioned in 2016 to report to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – this review considers the funding and sustainability of listed church buildings. Published on 20/12/17, the press release for the review says…. ” The review panel highlighted the best practice of many churches and of volunteers around the … More Independent review calls for greater community use to give church buildings a sustainable future
St John the Baptist at Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire organised the 9 day festival as a mission to their village. Preparation took two years of hard work and encouraged involvement from across the congregation. Events were chosen that would appeal to a broad cross-section of villagers and where possible build on existing church activities. “The … More Case Study – How a Festival blessed a community and grew the church