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Reflecting on rural mission in Cornwall

Heavenly Feet forward in rural mission

Elizabeth Clark, the National Rural Officer for Methodist and United Reformed Churches, had a good trip to Ponsanooth, near Truro, Cornwall, last weekend. On Saturday 11 Feb she took part in Heavenly Feet, a day conference for those involved in rural mission organised by the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church but attended by around 40 lay and ordained participants from across the ecumenical spectrum.

Elizabeth’s key note presentation encouraged rural churches to feel positive about themselves and outlined some of the Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre’s key resources. There was a choice of workshops and Elizabeth led one on Germinate Enterprise to encourage churches to run the program for the benefit of their communities. Her second workshop introduced people to Equipping for Rural Mission as a way of beginning to think strategically about their mission.

The event was held at Ponsanooth Village Hall which featured in a recent edition of Country Way magazine – you can read more about its recent development into a vital community resource here.

Resources

CW74: Local shared ministry

Journey to Faith Session 1 PowerPoint

Journey to Faith Session 2 PowerPoint

Journey to Faith participant notes

Journey to Faith facilitators notes

Journey to Faith supplementary material

CW44: A rural Fresh Expression of church

‘I suppose I ought to go to church but I get more out of coming here.’ It was the last session of a Christian basics course in the autumn of 2003. The title of the session was What about the church?

Discipleship in today’s rural context

Mission and discipleship in a rural context

CW74: Tea and Toast

A community engagement initiative that started in a small market town in East Yorkshire.