Together Apart: A rural church response to coronavirus
During its almost fifty years of existence, the Arthur Rank Centre has supported Christians, churches and communities through many of the joys and challenges of rural life. From outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and BSE to the ongoing challenges of extreme weather, we have sought to provide both practical resources and pastoral care for those living, working and ministering in rural communities.
Now we are seeking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak which has so quickly impacted life across the world.
In light of the current ban on public worship in the UK, we will be providing resources for rural Christians and churches to use in their own homes and communities, as well as signposting to a whole host of advice and expertise around many of the range of practical issues we will face over the next few weeks and months.
Our resource hub includes:
Many of the worship resources we have to offer have been developed by Christians and churches in rural communities across the UK. If you have produced something that has worked well locally, we’d love to share it with others; please email your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be building this hub as we go along; if you think there’s anything missing that we should be including, please let us know! We will endeavour to keep this pages as up-to-date as possible but obviously cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of external links.
Please be assured of our prayers as you navigate these challenging times.
Revd Claire Maxim, CEO, Arthur Rank Centre
A prayer in the midst of coronavirus
God of healing,
Surround us with your love as together we negotiate the complexities of coronavirus.
Guide us all as we seek to support one another. Help us to be attentive to the lonely, the isolated, the fearful and those who are ill.
Mindful of the geographical isolation of many rural communities, we pray for everyone involved in the effective provision of food, medical supplies and pastoral care.
In the name of Jesus Christ, who walks alongside us in our difficulties.