Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Rank Insider
When I suggested “Out of the ARC” as a title to Jill she winced. Undaunted, I deployed cunning plan stage 2. “How about ARCaid?” At that point she looked seriously disturbed and “Out of the ARC” didn’t seem nearly so bad.
So welcome to the first mailing. The idea is to bring together ideas and resources for rural churches from Jill (National Rural Officer for the Church of England), Graham (ditto, Methodist/URC), Simon (our training and resources officer) and in fact anything useful from anyone. It’s free.
— Jerry Marshall, CEO
News & Events
Calling All Creative Rural Leaders
Creative Leadership in the Rural Church (CLiRC) is an exciting new leadership development programme for lay and ordained leaders in the rural church. A highly successful pilot has just been completed in Yorkshire and the ARC will be rolling CLiRC out nationally from this coming September.
If you would like your entrepreneurial skills to be affirmed, encouraged, developed and released for the good of rural communities and churches, then this 18 month programme is for you.
For more details or to express an interest please or phone 024 7685 3060.
Invitation to Agricultural Chaplains' Association
Anyone interested is invited to attend the next meeting of the Agricultural Chaplains' Association at the Arthur Rank Centre on Wednesday 17 April 2013 from 11am - 3pm, whether or not you are a member of the Association. The morning will focus on the pig industry (speakers from NPA and BPEX) and the afternoon on new welfare benefits. There is no charge for attending. For further details please contact Revd Roger Greene on 01736 788506 or 07815 685538.
Ideas & Resources
New Free Discipleship Resource for Rural Churches
The latest resource for rural churches has just gone live on the Arthur Rank Centre website here .
This material is aimed at developing discipleship in rural church congregations and is for both lay people and ordained ministers. It contains:
  • practical resources that can be used directly in many rural churches
  • case studies
  • guidance on adapting existing discipleship resources for use in rural churches.
It is a free tool to enhance the mission and ministry of rural churches and will be kept updated.
Get in touch with us if you have your own examples, resources or courses you would like to share more widely.
The material adds to the large library of on-line resources for rural churches at, ranging from worship material to evangelism training to community audits and including links to many other useful sources.
  • The Cinnamon Network has short films on a wide range of social franchises that can be adopted by churches. Foodbank is best best known example. They can also provide £2,000 towards the costs of starting a recognised community franchise project. See here.
  • Food Matters is a new project from the Diocese of Oxford to help churches connect with the seasons and traditional farming festivals, and explore key food related themes. The first of the Food Matters seasonal guides "Winter-preparing the ground" is now available here.
  • Two new monthly publications for parishes are available from the Church of England. In Review is designed for noticeboards, In Focus is an A5 magazine insert. See here.
Do browse through “Resources for Rural Places of Worship”, This comprehensive guide and information hub covers anything to do with rural places of worship including: 
  • maintenance,
  • funding
  • re-ordering
  • churchyards
  • opening up to community use and tourists
  • practical issues e.g. bats, metal theft, energy efficiency, asbestos, etc.
  • and masses of other relevant issues.
Whatever the question, the anwer is on our web site. Well, probably.
Local Mission Swap Shop!
Take a look at this very practical rural case study on how local rural churches can share their experience & ideas, and learn together about all sorts of local examples of mission and community engagement. For lay people, PCCs/church committees and ministers!

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