Rural Mission Sunday 2021: Pilgrimage
Sunday 18 July
What goes through your mind when you hear the word ‘pilgrimage’?
Perhaps you’ve been on pilgrimage to a ‘holy place’ like Lindesfarne, Canterbury or even the Camino de Santiago. Maybe you’ve watched others go on such a journey through the BBC’s recent Pilgrimage series.
Or perhaps you’ve simply found yourself encountering God in new ways as you’ve walked more during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whatever your previous experience of pilgrimage, this Rural Mission Sunday we’re inviting you to walk with God and with your church community, exploring how this ancient practice might bring offer a new depth of life and faith.
As we prepare for Rural Mission Sunday 2021, we find ourselves continuing to live with the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the simple premise at the heart of Rural Mission Sunday remains as relevant this year as it always has: to encourage you and your church congregation to celebrate another year of faithfully sustaining an effective Christian presence in your community. As ever, we’ve provided resources and suggestions to help you shape Sunday worship in a way which enables you to do this, and this year we’ve considered how you might do this as a gathered or as a dispersed congregation.
As we compile this material it is difficult to predict the extent to which COVID-19 might impact our ability to gather together for worship on 18 July. If social distancing or other restrictions are still in place you will need to ensure you comply with these as you celebrate Rural Mission Sunday. However, if restrictions have been entirely lifted, Rural Mission Sunday may be the perfect opportunity to bring your community together to celebrate!
This year we are delighted to be able to offer you an increased range of Rural Mission Sunday resources! Alongside this material and our well-established material for children and families, we have also developed a resource suitable for use with young people (11-18s). All three resources explore the same Bible passages and follow a similar structure so we’d encourage you to get hold of all three and then mix and match them in a way which works best for your context.
To ensure you have access to all the available Rural Mission Sunday resources we suggest you…
- Register for Rural Mission Sunday via our website: this will subscribe you to a dedicated Rural Mission Sunday email update through which we will circulate ideas and any new material we produce
- Follow us on social media: we are regularly updating both Facebook (facebook.com/RuralMissionSunday) and Twitter (twitter.com/RuralMissSunday) with links to resources and ideas
We are also working with our friends at CPO to provide you with printed versions of all of these materials.
Whatever the circumstances under which you celebrate Rural Mission Sunday we’ll be praying for God’s blessing for you, your church and your community!
Registering for Rural Mission Sunday will enable us to keep in contact with you between now and 18 July, sending you information about additional resources as they become available.
Rural Mission Sunday on social media
If you are on Twitter or Facebook, we’d encourage you to follow our dedicated Rural Mission Sunday channels to make sure you have all the latest Rural Mission Sunday materials and information.
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