It’s official: good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Rural churches play a key part in enhancing the well-being of local communities. As well as encouraging social connections, churches help local people to find an eternal perspective in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I have just been writing a detailed response to a public consultation about the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC). There are a whole host of issues related to the impact of the construction of this massive project: compulsory purchase of homes, removal of public footpaths and highways, re-routing of villages, damage to the environment, road closures, […]
Swinton Village Choir started with a simple premise: meet for a few weeks before a community Christmas event and prepare a few songs to supplement a programme of sing-a-long carols and performance pieces by local children. Many of those who came along had never sung in a choir before but enjoyed singing Christmas songs and […]
When people think of Leicester, many immediately think of a Midlands ex-industrial red-brick city with a multi-cultural flavour. These days they also recall a King found in a car park and the underdog winners of football’s Premier League. However, the vast majority of the Diocese of Leicester is actually rural.
Historically, church buildings were not just places for worship but a space for the wider community to come together and use. Going back to these community roots can offer today’s buildings a new lease of life, while also encouraging more people to encounter God in His holy place.
Up and down the country thousands of new houses are being built, many in large new housing areas. From proposed Garden Villages of several thousand houses to small add-on estates of six properties in a farmyard, new housing is a hot topic of conversation in many local communities.
Ponsanooth lies halfway between Redruth and Falmouth, Cornwall. A Wesleyan society was established in the late eighteenth century but struggled until the arrival of William Carvosso in 1788 as the tenant of a local farm. With little success at first but by dint of prayer and commitment, with great joy he records, ‘It pleased the […]
Captain Gordon Banks CA from the Diocese of Lichfield thinks that it is important for the local church to put in place a strategic plan as part of its thinking about and response to the opportunities new housing can have. He suggests the following framework for reflection…