Newly appointed as Rural Dean, with a Deanery strapline of Communicate, Co-operate and Collaborate, and a diocesan requirement to produce a deanery plan which embraced discipleship and opportunities for lay people and clergy learning together – LAWD was born.
Gordon Banks, the Church Army’s rural link officer, asks if ‘new monasticism’ could help rural churches in mission and evangelism and reflects on a recently published book.
‘I suppose I ought to go to church but I get more out of coming here.’ It was the last session of a Christian basics course in the autumn of 2003. The title of the session was What about the church?
On the first Sunday of each month high quality, fresh coffee, tea, croissants and bacon butties are all on the breakfast menu at Haddenham Village Hall in Buckinghamshire.
When the shop closed in the village of Buckland Brewer the local church became pioneers and created the first community shop hosted by a Methodist church. The new venture is very successful and the church are now looking at ways to complement the shop with other community initiatives.
In June 2013 the small Wiltshire village of Broad Chalke witnessed the strange sight of best-selling author and local resident, Sir Terry Pratchett wielding a sword to cut through a string of sausages tied to the railings outside the United Reformed Church.
The Teme Valley South Pastoral Team have recently distributed Fit for Farming, a very readable, well-written and informative booklet which covers a wide range of health issues.
A number of rural churches in West Worcestershire have been working together in Germinate learning communities.
After ten years of hard work St Catherine’s, Burbage, Leicestershire became the first church in the UK to achieve gold EcoChurch status.