CW79 Online Exclusive: IRCA Conference 2018

‘A great experience – this was my 5th IRCA Conference and it was, by far, the one that gave me most to bring home.’ Roger Greene

Rural churches around the world are in good heart and have great confidence for the future. That was the message from the International Rural Churches Association (IRCA) Conference held in Lincoln New Zealand in April 2018. For six glorious autumn days, some hundred people from around the world, including a group from the UK, met to share stories and experiences and reflect on what it means to be the presence of God in our rural communities.

CW79 Online Exclusive: Make your own poppies

This resource contains knitted, crocheted and plastic bottle poppies.

CW79: Entrusted with bringing the hope of God

‘You can’t be a Christian and be in the Army’, suggested a good friend over supper at Christmas, 2011. I disagreed strongly and I realised that something deeper had been kindled inside me. That conversation started a train of events in my life which saw me call in at an Army recruiting centre and eventually pass selection to join the Army as a chaplain.

CW79 Online Exclusive: A fulltime ministry in the agricultural community

In September 2017 the Church of Scotland began an exciting new ministry when they engaged Revd Chris Blackshaw, a Methodist Minister and part time Agricultural Chaplain from Cumbria, to work as their full time farming minister for the Presbytery of Ayr. Chris’s role, which is based around Craig Wilsons Auction Mart, has been well received by the agricultural community and people are now used to seeing him at the mart every week and they welcome him onto their farms as he travels around the locality. Chris covers an area that stretches from south of Kilmarnock to Ballentrae and into the Galloway Forest.