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

Rural & urban/average statistics – 28 differences – and some discussion points

Summary & Discussion From the more detailed text that follows later below I’ve drawn out these key points. Rural populations are older and have a larger: a) % of people with physical/mental conditions lasting 12 months or more; b) % of retirees c) % of retirees whose main income is the state pension; d) % … More Rural & urban/average statistics – 28 differences – and some discussion points

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

Entrepreneurs… lonely?

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?

Equipping a church for Rural Mission – a four session course over six weeks or so

From Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre this is a four session course (2 to 4 hours per session) designed to run over 6 weeks – or more.  It uses group exercises, reflection and – between sessions 2 and 3 some homework and research – to help a rural church understand the needs of their local … More Equipping a church for Rural Mission – a four session course over six weeks or so

Gateways – a rural fresh expression of church in the scottish borders

Below is a transcript of the video (from this fresh expressions site), and you can find other information at the Gateways facebook group.   TRANSCRIPT Alistair Birkett, leader of Gateways: It’s a very rural part of the world. We often joke within Gateways that there are more sheep than people within our parish. There are … More Gateways – a rural fresh expression of church in the scottish borders

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

10 ideas from social entrepreneurs – using others’ resources to get a mission done

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

Community owned businesses that use rural church buildings help sustain the church

This research used 5 full case studies and 2 shorter ones to consider whether community owned businesses can help sustain rural places of worship.  Social enterprises, (more recently called community businesses/co-operatives), are trading organisations with social and community objectives.  Any surplus funds they generate is used to fulfill social purposes.   Examples are community owned shops … More Community owned businesses that use rural church buildings help sustain the church

Toolkit – using your church building to offer an open welcome

Open Welcome is a new resource from Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre.  It is designed to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors. Church buildings have the capacity to move people.  So we need to view them as more than just bricks … More Toolkit – using your church building to offer an open welcome