Rural Mission

Revd Elizabeth ClarkThe National Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church

The Revd Elizabeth Clark
Tel: 024 7685 3081


Rural Mission Sunday

Sometimes rural churches can feel overshadowed by the larger urban churches. Rural Mission Sunday (first held in 2015) provides a real opportunity for rural churches to celebrate who they are and give thanks for their community.

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The Arthur Rank Centre (ARC)

Much of the Methodist Church's work with rural communities is resourced and supported through the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC), where the National Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church is based.  With over 40 years of experience the ARC is the Churches' ecumenical resource centre for work in rural communities . To find out more please visit the ARC website.


Arthur Rank Centre Resources

To discover how the ARC can resource your church and community click here.
The free downloadable material will inspire and equip you in areas such as WorshipBuildingsEvangelism, Nurture and Discipleship.
You can download or view a simple introduction to all the ARC's online resources here, which contains active links to all sections of the website.

Country Way Magazine
Informing, inspiring and focused on life and faith in rural Britain, Country Way magazine is full of good news stories from rural churches and communities. Written by and for real people in today's countryside, Country Way tackles real issues and offers real and imaginative responses: a must for all engaged in rural mission. Published three times a year and available online or as hard copy (subscription details here) with many back issues freely accessible online. You can find a selection of these here.

Learning and Development
The ARC provides a number of opportunities for learning and development:

Rural Ministry Course - for those new to rural ministry, lay or ordained, the ARC's ever popular 48 hour course is run twice a year and includes expert input, workshops, worship and helpful networking. More details here

Germinate Leadership is an 18 month leadership development programme that will help you - lay or ordained - develop your creative and entrepreneurial skills for effective rural church leadership. Information and application details here.

The Centre for Studies in Rural Ministry (CSRM) offers flexible opportunities for further study which enriches ministry through research-based reflective practice. Find out more here

The ARC is renewing its focus on the challenges of Multi-Church Ministry and is also looking to support initiatives in Rural Enterprise. Please contact us if these are areas of interest for you.



Farming Help 
The ARC works closely with three organisations working under the Farming Help umbrella who seek to support those involved in the farming industry: 

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteers from the farming community and rural churches, providing a helpline and visiting service to farming people and families facing difficulties.  They provide pastoral and practical support for as long as it is needed, helping people to find a positive way forward.

The helpline is open from 7am-11pm daily. Call 03000 111 999
Email here or visit here.

The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families who have to leave their farm and by doing so will lose their home. In times of emergency and where hardship prevails Addington may be able to support a farm business with a short term grant and in certain counties may be able to accommodate farm workers through its Affordable Rural Housing Scheme.
Visit here or phone 01926 620135

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a grant-making charity that provides confidential help to retired and working farming people in financial difficulty. Support includes one-off and regular grants, replacing essential household items, funding for disability equipment, care home fees, relief farm staff and training grants to help people develop skills to bring in off-farm income.
Visit here or phone 01865 724931

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