Rural support

People in rural areas is an important part of the mission of this diocese.  As well as ministry offered by Clergy, Readers and Churchwardens, we work closely with a range of partners to serve rural and farming communities.

The challenges of rural ministry are address in a new report aimed at releasing the energies of clergy and lay people for mission in the countryside.  The study Released for Mission, Growing the Rural Church makes a series of recommendations including locally accessible training and development for lay people and clergy working in multi-church groups.

Nottinghamshire Rural Support
This diocese supports the charity launched in May 2013 helping farming families in Notts.

Newark Livestock Market
The Revd Liz Murray offers chaplaincy support on Wednesday and Saturday.  Tel: (01636) 525417  E-mail:

Rural Ministry & Mission Network
There are occasional meetings to support the ministry and mission offered across our rural parishes.  These are for both clergy and laity. For more information contact The Revd David McCoulough  Tel: (01636) 817246  E-mail:

We are offering two Rural Ministry & Mission Mornings where we will be joined by Andy Wolfe and Beth Yearsley from the Younger Leadership College who want to explore ways that the College might best interact with ministries operating in more rural contexts.  the aim of the meeting will be to facilitate discussion, come up with ideas and explore together the best way forward.  Andy and Beth are very keen to learn from your expertise and wisdom of y our experiences so far and will be sending out some questions prior to the meeting to stimulate discussion.  We would appreciate it if you would take some time to think through those questions when they are sent out and come prepared to input into discussions on the day.

The first session will be held on:

Friday 20th January 2017 (9:30 for 10:00-12:30pm) at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Lidget Lane, Retford, DN22 6QW.

and repeated on:

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 (9:30 for 10:00-12:30pm) at Kinoulton Village Hall, Main Street, Kinoulton, NG12 3EL

To book your place for either session please e-mail or Tel: 01636 817232 indicating your preferred venue and date.   A light lunch will be provided so do please make Catriona aware of any dietary requirements you may have at the time of booking.


Useful Resources from the Arthur Rank Centre

The Arthur Rank Centre provide a wealth of resources e.g. Worship Resources, Community Resources, Nurture and Discipleship in Rural Churches etc. Most of  the resources can be freely downloaded from the website.  Click here for a list of available resources.

Country Way: life and faith in rural Britain. This publication contains ideas and information; inspiration and good news; it reveals who is providing resources and where to find them. It is all written by and for rural people. It is useful, topical and a good read, complemented by beautiful photography. Country Way contains stories from the rural church, farming, the environment and about communities; thoughts and theological reflections; new worship material; and information on resources and events. For more info

Presentations from Previous Ministry and Mission Meetings available to download:



Good News in the Countryside Nov 2013

Rural Evangelism November 2013

Church Commissioners Presentation June 2013

Crossing the Threshold June 2013

Kneesall Village Presentation June 2013