The 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.
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
Arthur Rank Centre Resources
To discover how the ARC can resource your church and community
The free downloadable material will inspire and equip you in areas
such as Worship, Buildings, Evangelism, 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.
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
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
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.
The ARC works closely with three organisations working under the
Farming Help umbrella who seek to support those involved in the
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
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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