‘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.
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.
What do you talk about with your non-Christian friends? The weather? The latest box sets on Netflix? Has the size of a Cadbury’s cream egg really got smaller?
But what about the subject of faith? The folk at our Strategic Partner 'The Ugly Duckling Company' has been wondering the same thing as Director Sharon Lanfear explains.
What is the vision and purpose of welcoming people to our Christian gatherings? The answer, is, of course, to lead people towards getting to know Jesus, either for the first time or once again.
We asked David Flavell, Minister of The Point, Hexham, to offer an insight to how they approach their welcome, his response is both creative and in truth confirms what we would all like to hear.
Rural Ministries is delighted to be partnering with the Anglican diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 2018 to deliver a new missional initiative. We invited Bishop Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich which includes the diocese of St. Edmunsbury and Ipswich to explain more about the missional process and our partnership.