Enhancing and Resourcing the Rural Church

An implementation Steering Group has recently been established to take the above programme forward.  With Glyn Evans as Chair and Charles Chadwick as Executive Secretary, the team is also looking to recruit 3 new lay members, one from each of the 3 rural Archdeaconries.  The Steering Group has therefore asked us to draw your attention to 2 events to unveil the work of the project, and encourage you to consider attending.  These will be held on Saturday 17 June in Buckinghamshire, and Saturday 24 June in Oxfordshire. Posters will be sent out shortly to all rural benefices and parishes and the events will also appear on e-news in due course, but do make a note of these dates now.

As we know, the Diocese of Oxford is one of the largest dioceses in the country. 30% of its parishes have a population of under 500.  If the Countryside Commission’s definition of a rural place, where the population is under 3,000, is used, 50% of parishes qualify as rural. Since late 2014 a small working group, set up by the Board of Mission, has been considering many of the facets of how the rural church expresses itself, how it is experienced, and how it may be enhanced and resourced for the future.

At the start of 2017 the Board of Mission endorsed the report of the working group which has a series of recommendations that address nine identified areas which impinge on the life and flourishing of the rural church:

  • Addressing the environment, context and well-being of those who serve in a rural context
  • Raising vocations
  • Ensuring the future of church buildings
  • Exploring different models of governance in Multi Parish Benefices
  • Strengthening finance
  • Supporting rural schools
  • Engaging with the changes new housing brings
  • Training for people in leadership roles
  • Replenishing the rural church for the future

These recommendations are not intended to be a ‘top down’ programme, rather they are designed to offer thinking and resources for the rural church across the diocese. To that end we are calling the ongoing work The Enhancing and Resourcing the Rural Church programme.


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Quiz In Aid of The Food Bank: Saturday 11 March 2017 at 7.00pm

Pat Hodges (‘Miss Quiz’) and her husband Neil do a wonderful job in organising quizzes in support of different charities.  Although they usually take place at St Thomas’s, Simpson, or Simpson Village Hall, the next two are at different venues.  The first one – for the benefit of the Food Bank – will take place at THE HOLIDAY INN in Central Milton Keynes, on Saturday 11 March 2017, starting at 7.00pm.

The cost will be £8.00 per person.  A selection of savouries will be available on each table.  Please Note: You cannot bring your own drinks to this event!

If you would like to come along, please contact Pat at missquiz@sky.com or call 01908-644785.  Maximum 8 per table, but don’t be put off coming even if you’re on your own.  Pat does a great job of  putting people together.

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Christian Healing Mission Day at Whaddon Way Church: 4 November 2017

Want to know more about God’s healing?

Then ……

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“Letting the Kingdom Come”

SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017

From 10am to 4pm

At Whaddon Way Church, Bletchley

Milton Keynes

 

A great day of teaching with the

Christian Healing Mission.

Please put this diary. Further information to follow.

 

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Quiz Night and Buffet in Aid of the Community Cardiac Unit: Friday 17 March at 7.00pm

Pat Hodges (‘Miss Quiz’) and her husband Neil regularly organise quizzes in support of different charities.  Although they usually take place at Simpson where Pat is a Churchwarden, this one will take place at THE COMMUNITY CARDIAC UNIT, Hinton Hall, Whaddon Way, Bletchley, on Friday 17 March 2017, starting at 7.00pm.

The cost is only £1.00 per person, and you may bring your own drink and glasses.  (Mugs and paper cups will be available.) PLEASE PARK OFF SITE.

If you would like to come along, please contact Pat at missquiz@sky.com or call 01908-644785.  Maximum 8 per table, but don’t be put off coming even if you’re on your own.  Pat does a great job of  putting people together.

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‘Cuddy-fest’ Concert at Woolstones Church: Saturday 18 March 2017

Pat Hodges and Rev James Whysall are putting on another of their entertaining and enjoyable concerts on Saturday 18 March 2017, starting at 7.00pm.  This will take place at Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre in Woolstones.

Familiarly known as the ‘Cuddy-fest Concert’, it is in honour of St Cuthbert.  There will also be a ‘Bring and Share’ Supper.  All proceeds will go to the church.

If you haven’t been to one of their events before, I can promise you an evening of great family entertainment.  The atmosphere is very informal and relaxed (as you can tell by the title!), and is more like a gathering of friends sharing their talents for music, singing and the spoken word.

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Vacancy: New Rector for Woughton Parish

Woughton is a richly diverse parish with both inner-city and suburban communities. We are committed to growth in depth, impact and numbers, and are looking for a Rector with a collaborative style of leadership.

The new Rector will have particular responsibility for the eastern half of the parish, loosely defined by the Grand Union Canal and the River Ouzel. It’s an area with three historic churches, green spaces and growing communities.

We are looking for someone who will focus on:

  • Prayer and Spirituality
  • Relationships, and
  • Community Engagement

Are you the next Rector of Woughton?

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