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CW75: Hospitality away from home: Reflections on the Jungle

For eighteen months I made weekly visits to the Calais jungle. Home to ten thousand people on the move, the camp covered a couple of acres of wind-blasted wasteland at the back of the cement works by Calais’ harbour.

The camp was not an official response to the so-called migrant crisis. Rather it grew over many months as people who had been moved on from other parts of the city arrived and settled. It started as a collection of tents and became a community of wooden huts with cafes, shops and other businesses springing up to meet the needs of the residents that couldn’t be satisfied by the humanitarian efforts of a ragbag army of mainly British volunteers. I went because I sensed God calling me to go and offer the welcome of the gospel to people displaced by war and persecution. Yet on arrival I found welcome from some of the poorest, least settled people on the planet and I found myself asking God afresh, ‘what are you saying to me?’

CW75: Everybody Welcome!

The concept of hospitality has changed down the centuries. For most of us today it conjures up shared meals with friends or the ‘hospitality industry’, hotels and restaurants – places where people ‘buy hospitality’. This latter picture is perhaps as far as you can get from the original meaning of hospitality. Hospitality is about our relationship with God and calls us to welcome and care for ‘those who are strangers, enemies, or distressed, without regard for reciprocation’.

CW75: Younger and deeper

‘What would you say to setting up a residential community of 20s-30s in Charlecote’s vicarage?’

Two years ago this was the question Coventry Diocese’s Archdeacon Missioner posed to me. I was half-way through ordination training and the question was completely unexpected. My response was, ‘Are you setting me up for a fall?!’

RMS 2017: ‘Welcome’ postcard

Promotional material for Rural Mission Sunday 2017. Please use these in whatever way you see fit!

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RMS 2017: Children’s material

Worship material for Rural Mission Sunday 2017 specifically designed to enable children to engage with the theme of welcome and hospitality. Please use in whatever way you see fit!

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This resource has been compiled for Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre by Nicola Grieves. Some materials included in this resources are taken from rootsontheweb.com and are copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd 2002-2017. Reproduced with permission.

RMS 2017: Main material

Contains all of the information you need to celebrate Rural Mission Sunday in your church! Please use in whatever way you see fit!

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RMS 2017: Poster A4 with space

Promotional material for Rural Mission Sunday 2017. Please use these in whatever way you see fit!

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RMS 2017: Poster A4

Promotional material for Rural Mission Sunday 2017. Please use these in whatever way you see fit!

You can print this item yourself or order paper copies from CPO. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of printing and postage.

RMS 2017: Poster A3 with space

Promotional material for Rural Mission Sunday 2017. Please use these in whatever way you see fit!

You can print this item yourself or order paper copies from CPO. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of printing and postage.

RMS 2017: Poster A3

Promotional material for Rural Mission Sunday 2017. Please use these in whatever way you see fit!

You can print this item yourself or order paper copies from CPO. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of printing and postage.