Resources

RMS 2020 main materials

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

Rogation 2020: A liturgy for use online

This liturgy can be used online with people joining in at home. They will need some seeds, soil and water.

Rogation 2020: A prayer walk for individuals

Rogation comes from the Latin word for ask and was originally about asking God’s blessing on the emerging crops. Our farming year is different, and the crops are well on their way by the time Rogation comes, but they still need a blessing. This year more than ever our communities also need to feel God’s blessing. In your daily exercise time, why not walk around your community and pray for
it?

Here are some suggestions of readings and prayers for different places in the community. The readings are there to give ideas of how our concerns for the community are reflected in the Bible. You may not want to take those with you but read them beforehand and use the prayers as you walk.

Of course, you may not have all the places mentioned in your village just use what you need. If there are places we have not thought of, why not write you own prayer?

Make sure to abide by current social distancing guidelines.

Holy Week reflections: Easter Sunday

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.

Holy Week reflections: Holy Saturday

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.

Holy Week reflections: Good Friday

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.

Holy Week reflections: Maundy Thursday

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.

Holy Week reflections: Wednesday of Holy Week

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.

Holy Week reflections: Tuesday of Holy Week

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.

Holy Week reflections: Monday of Holy Week

Reflections on Holy Week from Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre.