‘Rural Mission Sunday is a simple, effective way of concentrating on God’s reality in a rural context. The material is a rich springboard from which to emphasise a living, creative Christian presence.’
Revd David Harknett, Vicar, Parish of the Upper Wreake, Leicestershire
Revd David Harknett, Parish of the Upper Wreake, Diocese of Leicester
Rural Mission Sunday was a simple way to celebrate our both rural locality and our rural church.
We gathered in a barn for our main Sunday Service. Zion House belongs to Syd and Ant Woods and, though small, is the last remaining farm in the village. Several people contributed to the preparations and Canon Revd Glyn Evans, Rural Officer for the Diocese of Oxford, joined us for an interview before bringing a message about Zacchaeus.
It was an ecumenical venture, drawing in a number of people who don’t worship with us at other times. It was particularly nice to have all five sense stimulated – farmyard smells and gentle breeze especially! Worshippers and villagers were encouraged by being outside the historic building, in a new setting while the farming brothers were encouraged by the presence and support of local Christians and well-wishers. Conversations were stimulated and relationships formed and deepened.
Rural Mission Sunday is a simple, effective way of concentrating on God’s reality in a rural context. The material is a rich springboard from which to emphasise a living, creative Christian presence.