Telling a new story of the rural church

Saturday 24 November, 9.30am, 10am – 2pm
St John the Baptist Church
The Green, Stadhampton, OX44 7UW

The rural church is vibrant in its mission and ministry, growing, engaging with its local community and exploring a range of expressions of worship and pastoral care. Yet the prevailing story of the rural church is often more negative, that it is dying, diminishing in numbers, and activity. We sometimes hear this repeated by those who plan the strategy of the Church and who are responsible for allocating its resources.

This event will be an opportunity to share good news stories about what is happening where you are, sharing ideas and plans, and learning from the experience of others. We will think about how we can raise awareness to tell a story of the rural church which speaks about vigour, growth and action.

To encourage our conversation, we will hear initially of a good news story from the church and community of Childrey in the Ridgeway Benefice near Wantage.

We shall gather from 9.30am for coffee, refreshments and informal networking, and meet more formally between 10am and 12.30pm.

Come and share your story with others who are enthusiastic about the life of rural churches. Bring your own lunch and continue in conversation over lunch time; drinks will be provided.

There is no charge for this event although those who are able may make a small donation towards the costs on the day.

This event is part of a regular series of meetings called the Rural Forum and is organised by the Diocese of Oxford Rural Team, a group of rural clergy and lay people committed to rural issues and the work of the rural church and is supported by the Department of Mission’s rural programme steering group

Book through Eventbrite or direct by email to Revd Canon Glyn Evans: glynevans@gmail.com. Booking in advance is essential please.