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

The triple bottom line – People, Profit, Planet

How to be Good is a series of  short interviews on youtube from Ely Cathedral.  Each looks at a particular area of work.  The first covered medicine, the second literature and the third, below, is on farming. There will be five conversations in total in the series. They’re between the writer, Francis Spufford, and five … More The triple bottom line – People, Profit, Planet

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

A Briefing on Seasonal Migrant Workers

Image copyright: Apple picking by Roger Davies. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / image cropped. Summary Rural churches might consider what pastoral care they should be providing to the 80,000 (at peak) seasonal migrant workers – mostly from eastern Europe – and how that care might help local agricultural businesses attract such labour. UK agriculture, … More A Briefing on Seasonal Migrant Workers

Salisbury Diocese’s Rural Ministry & Mission Programme – a summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Below this summary is some background on the programme, some ideas from it that maybe implementable without the substantial funding the Salisbury Programme has, and a bit more detail on each of its 5 strands.  The programme’s substantial funding is from the Diocese and Church Commissioners.  The 5 strands are: Rural placements for … More Salisbury Diocese’s Rural Ministry & Mission Programme – a summary

Rural Church ideas from Exeter Diocese’s 1st annual report on Growing the Rural Church

Today @CofEDevon tweeted about the launch of their first Growing the Rural Church Annual Report.  The 16 page document covers the first year of their 7 year project, which is funded by the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund and their own Diocesan Synod.  With a project team of 4 the spend in 2017 was … More Rural Church ideas from Exeter Diocese’s 1st annual report on Growing the Rural Church

Setting God’s People Free – a new resource from the CofE

As the Setting God’s People Free (SGPF) page on the CofE’s website says, “SGPF is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Monday to Saturday as well as Sunday. ” On the page are 2 resources, plus an … More Setting God’s People Free – a new resource from the CofE

After Easter till August 2018 – Ideas for church services and events

  Around now might be the time you are bending your mind to events and services for after Easter – say April to August 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 … More After Easter till August 2018 – Ideas for church services and events