Many small & rural churches struggle finding an organist or musicians to help lead singing; others are experimenting with CDs or digital hymnals; others are learning to sing unaccompanied; some have given up. What help is available?
A marvellous approach for rural churches to become involved with their local schools, involving dramatic retelling of biblical stories as part of the National Curriculum goals and welcomed by many schools.
Open the Book began at the Chittleleigh Churches during the recent vacancy. My predecessor Colin had developed an excellent relationship with the three primary schools in our parishes, through assemblies, welcoming the schools into our churches for special services and serving as a governor for two of the schools (interestingly a church school and a county school which […]
We have a deanery Open the Book scheme, established with money from the Diocese of Hereford (the mission fund), which has now been going for almost a year. We are delighted with it – I was determined to get teams into schools (to replace the ‘vicar only’ assembly model when I arrived as Team Rector), and this fits […]
One of our teams was approached by their school to begin an after school club based around the Open the Book assemblies. Four of the team began the club with a small number of children, many of whom do not get much parental support.
A very practical idea for local rural churches to share experience & ideas in an annual one-off centralised event, and learn together about all sorts of local examples of mission and community engagement. Great for lay people, PCCs and even ministers!
Hudswell Fun-Key Church in rural North Yorkshire was born out of a desire to have a relevant and greater presence within Hudswell Village. It is a Fresh Expression of church for all ages with a flexible & creative approach to worship.
How might a rural parish draw families into the circle of faith and offer meaningful and relevant worship as part of the life of the whole church?