Saturday, 21 January 2012

Growing the Rural Church: a Conference for Rural Church Leaders and Members at Scargill House

There are clearly challenges facing rural churches, whatever denominational stream they are from.

With pressure building on a reduced number of paid leaders and clergy, historic buildings to be maintained and communities made up of a cross section of new arrivals and families that have lived in an area for generations, it is not easy pulling the threads together to grow the rural church.

However there are many positive signs of growth from around the country as rural churches have responded to these challenges. 

To help church leaders, clergy, PCC and church members learn from others who are making progress growing the rural church, Andy Ryland, Diocesan Rural Officer for Ripon and Leeds, has worked with the Scargill Movement to bring together some of the country’s leading practitioners so that we can learn together how to address three key issues associated with rural church growth.

·        Reaching rural communities both new and long standing
·        Buildings - burden or blessing
·        Enabling participation - empowering the people of God       

The three day conference will address these themes on separate days so you can attend as a day delegate or stay for the three days and enjoy the hospitality and good food that Scargill is building a reputation for, since it reopened in 2010.

Day one: Tuesday 6th March 2012: Reaching rural communities both new and long standing
Bishop James Bell, Leslie Morley, Simon Mattholie, Bob Baker, Pauline Broadwith and Karin Shaw
Day two: Wednesday 7th March 2012: Buildings - burden or blessing?
Peter Aires, Leslie Morley, Nigel Walter, Alice Ullathorne
 Day Three: Thursday 8th March 2012: Enabling participation - empowering the people of God       
Pete Atkins, Leslie Morley, Elizabeth Clarke, Sian Lockwood OBE, Cursillo Volunteers

To book your place phone Scargill House, where staff will be able to design a package around how you want to attend the conference, either keeping the cost down as a day delegate or staying over and enjoying the special experience of staying at Scargill at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

1 Conference Day (including lunch) £19
1 Conference Day and 1 night’s stay £53.75
2 Conference Days and 1 night’s stay £72.75
All 3 Conference Days and 2 nights stay £126.50
All 3 Conference Days and 3 nights stay £180.75
Monday 4pm- Friday 10 am (including Conference) £215

Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HU, Tell (01756) 761236   

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