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.
Broad Chalke is a small Wiltshire village with big ideas and a caring heart. It lies in the Chalke Valley, midway between Salisbury and Shaftesbury, and is blessed with a beautiful medieval parish church of considerable size. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to use for anything other than large services and events, and doesn’t have the flexibility for more informal community gatherings.