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 you … 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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
This 1.5 hour 2017 video from the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute, (“We do research and teaching in the field of private action for public benefit”), is on the subject of social entrepreneurs. It describes them as people who identify a pressing injustice or market failure AND have an idea of how to use … More 10 ideas from social entrepreneurs – using others’ resources to get a mission done
In rural churches we don’t just celebrate harvest: there’s also Plough Sunday, Rogation and Lammas (and probably some more). A new resource pack focusing on these four named festivals has been put together and test driven by Revd Janet Nicholls (Chelmsford Diocese Rural Adviser and Agricultural Chaplain), Mark Tiddy (Bradwell Area Youth Adviser) and Archdeacon … More Agricultural festival resources