NYD Webteam: October 2016
More than 250 delegates with a heart for rural mission gathered in Coventry Saturday 15 October. The day consisted of key note speeches, presentations and workshops that all demonstrated that God is alive and working in rural locations.
Roger Walton, President of Conference this year, spoke of God being at work in the everyday things we do; what we do and what we say shares what God is about with people we meet. Our service starts when the Sunday service ends.
Pete Atkins spoke about the features of a genuine church; Authenticity, our faith needs to work out in daily life; Community, we need to belong rather go to; Encounters, where people meet God rather than just hear; and Space, there needs to be room to ask questions.
There were many case studies and workshops, ranging across Messy Church, Dementia friendly churches and setting up businesses to create jobs in the area.
The event was organised by the Arthur Rank Centre who provide resources, courses and support for christians in a rural setting.
Personally I came away with a reminder that we need to pray, we need to take risks one step at a time and we really need to find out how our own communities work and where God is at work in them already.
You may also be interested in
Beautiful Easter morning celebrations in Wensleydale Penhill Sonrise Service and The Shawl...
The final service at Aysgarth Chapel was led led by Dr Richard Wilkinson who for many years was a local Methodist lay preacher. http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/wensleydale-methodist-chapel-full-final-service/?fbclid=IwAR3adUxW1gk3rR5RsNuokk_Qdd_r0Xeh4bvJu5Lp7AViIYWtohg6D6SbnRA.11(Click here to read the article on Richmondshire...
Blue sky and a little wind, perfect walking weather. Just over 20 people left Keld URC chapel for what is now a traditional Good Friday walk of reflection up some hills and down Swaledale to St Andrew's church at Grinton. We stopped for lunch at Gunnerside Methodist chapel which was one of 14 stops where we reflected on what the cross meant for us. People young and old took part, sharing the...
West Burton Chapel