Advent 2023 – Beyond Consumerism

Our Beyond Consumerism Advent resource provides an opportunity to ‘do December differently’.

It embraces the radical challenges of Advent in the light of the cost of living crisis but also the world problems of consumerism, fair trade and climate change.

Why not try the Advent calendar to make space each day to engage with advent themes while earthing them in real life, or use the cries of the prophets to put a different emphasis on the lighting of the Advent wreath.

Download it here – ARC Beyond Consumerism Advent – 2023

With every blessing for this Advent Season.

Rev’d Matt Jeffrey



Harvest 2022

This year, we want to encourage churches to use their harvest festival celebrations as an opportunity to thank farmers for all they do for us.  As the effects of COVID-19 continue to unfold, it’s impossible to predict the circumstances under which we will be celebrating our harvest festivals this year. Therefore, we’ve suggested ways in which you and your church community could celebrate either in individual households or as a gathered church.

Harvest – The Arthur Rank Centre

For more great resources:

Joint Public Issues Team Harvest/Creationtide Resources for 2022

Just Desserts? – Joint Public Issues Team (

Farming Community Network

Resources – Farming Community Network (

Rural Ministry Course June 2022

The ARC’s Rural Ministry Course in June saw delegates gathering from across Britain and beyond, with New Zealand claiming the prize for ‘furthest travelled’! Three days prioritized in busy diaries to focus on rural mission and ministry with ecumenical leaders (lay & ordained) from six denominations. Space to listen to God and each other. 

We spent an amazing time enjoying a variety of sessions with ecumenical input from some inspirational rural ministry and mission practitioners and plenty of opportunity for discussion, questions and giving things a go. Additionally, the time given to praying together, coffee breaks, free time and delicious food shaped us into a beautifully supportive and caring community. 

Sarah Hulme comments: ‘For me, the most powerful session was our closing worship and commissioning; with space to share our hopes, prayer requests & plans for the future, as people prepared to move into new rural areas or phases of life. 

You definitely get out what you put in, so all the delegates are to be commended for the way in which they flung themselves into the course and engaged so positively with everything. I also need to express my gratitude to the ARC staff team who worked so hard to ensure the three days ran smoothly.’ 

 If this has whetted your appetite, then do check out the details for the next Rural Ministry Course, 25-27Th Oct via our website: