Rural Mission Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the life of the rural church and the real difference rural Christians can and do make in their communities.
This year we are thinking about what it means to live out our faith in everyday life and we’ve chosen three Bible passages which we think help us to reflect on three key facets of doing that:
- The story of Jesus inviting Peter and Andrew, James and John to follow him and become ‘fishers of people’ (Mark 1:16-20) reminds us that every one of us is called by Jesus.
- When we read about the early church, gathering in people’s homes and in the temple, (Acts 2:42-47), we’re challenged to think about how we might deepen our discipleship.
- Reflecting on the tale Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), we discover a surprising example of the power of everyday faith.
As you celebrate Rural Mission Sunday 2019 our prayer is that you will experience God’s presence as you explore how you and your church community can Live The Life together.
While Rural Mission Sunday itself takes place on 14 July, you can use this material at any time and in the way that’s most appropriate to your church and community.
How can you get involved?
There are a variety of different ways in which you could use Rural Mission Sunday to enable those in your congregation to live the life day-to-day!!
Your Sunday service
Why not take living the life as the theme for your service on Sunday 14 July? Our Rural Mission Sunday resources include:
- Brief reflections on some key Bible passages
- Prayers and songs
- A suggested service outline
We also have some great children’s material that you could use in your service or with your Sunday School, children’s church or other group.
Exploring practical ways to live the life day-to-day!
Our resources give some suggestions for ways in which you might like to live the life in your community!
Tell us your stories!
We’d love to hear about what you get up to for Rural Mission Sunday! The diversity of rural churches and their communities means that there’s a huge amount of creativity around and we like nothing more than sharing stories of the amazing and creative ways in which the rural church is being celebrated.
The easiest way to share your feedback is to complete our feedback form and tell us what you got up to. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or even send us a letter!
Could you help us enable others to live the life day-to-day?
We’d be really grateful if you would consider using Rural Mission Sunday as an opportunity to financially support the work of the Arthur Rank Centre by taking up an offering during your service on Sunday 14 July. We’re entirely funded by our supporters so it’s the generosity of local churches and others that enables us to continue to find imaginative and creative ways of supporting local churches and their communities.
You can send your contribution by cheque, made payable to The Arthur Rank Centre; please write ‘Rural Mission Sunday’ on the back of the cheque. For more information, please contact Susie Carr (024 7685 3060).