‘Open the doors and love people’ – this was the call that God laid on the hearts of Sue and Arnie Hensby as God called them to pick up the baton of leadership in a rural chapel at the heart of a village near Spalding in Lincolnshire.
In the second in this series looking at at Cafes in churches we take a look at what is happening at Rural Ministries Partner Witnesham Baptist Church and their experiences with their cafe called 3Cs@WBC.
Cafés can be a great way to build relationships and help people begin to explore faith. But how do they work in practice? In the first of this series of articles we will pay a visit to Rural Ministries Partner The Open Door in Bardney Lincolnshire.
For many clergy in rural areas, one of the biggest challenges is finding themselves working on their own. A Rural Ministries grant is enabling all of the clergy in the Abbeydore Deanery to work together in their new roles as rural pioneer priests, alongside a newly appointed co-ordinator and, as they have found, to achieve so much more in the process.
Many of us have enjoyed an evening around a campfire. Rev. Selina Garner, Wellington and District Team Vicar and Missioner, has combined campfire and worship in a number of creative ways. Perhaps your church could draw from Selina’s experiences and ideas, which she shares in the article?
Mount Zion Church, Cliviger have just opened an inclusive access and community space which begins an exciting new chapter in the life of our partner church. We asked Shirley Ashworth, the project coordinator to tell us the story.