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

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

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

Seedtime

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

Independent review calls for greater community use to give church buildings a sustainable future

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

Case Study – How a Festival blessed a community and grew the church

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