As part of your Rural Mission Sunday 2020 celebrations, alongside celebrating another year of faithful Christian presence in your rural community, we want to encourage you to take time to stop and reflect on the last few months. To that end we have developed some resources for reflection that we hope you will find helpful to use individually, as churches and – probably with some adaptation – with your communities where that might be welcomed.
A set of images for you to use on Facebook, Twitter and any Word documents – such as service sheets – you might produce for Rural Mission Sunday 2020.
A set of Word documents and jpgs for you to use to produce bespoke invitations to your Rural Mission Sunday 2020 celebration.
As we prepare for Rural Mission Sunday 2020, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. We – in common with communities across the world – have been living in lockdown for a significant proportion of the early months of this year, living with a level of disconnection that many, if not all of us, have found unsettling and unprecedented.
As we compile this material it is difficult to predict the extent to which we will still be impacted by social distancing restrictions by the time Rural Mission Sunday rolls round on 19 July. Where we are in the pandemic response will shape how you might respond. If we’re still in lockdown or social distancing guidelines are still in place you will need to focus on your use of phone or online resources, or on equipping your church family to mark Rural Mission Sunday in their own homes. If restrictions have been partially or entirely lifted, Rural Mission Sunday may be the perfect opportunity to bring your community together to celebrate
The highlight of our summer is Rural Mission Sunday, an annual opportunity for rural churches to celebrate who they are. In 2018 over 200 churches from across the denominations registered to take part on (or around) Sunday 15 July and stories are starting to trickle in. Here are a few that have made it into our inbox…