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 Wednesdays.  Tel: (01636) 525417  E-mail:

Rural Ministry & Mission Network
There are occasional meetings to support the ministry and mission offered across our rural parishes.  The next two sessions are:

Crossing the Threshold with input from Becky Payne – Historic Religious Buildings Officer, The Historic Religious Building Alliance.  This session is open to all churches and looks at developing your church to reconnect with your local community whilst also providing a sustainable future for your church as a place of Worship. Wednesday 2nd May 2018, Jubilee House, Westgate, Southwell, NG25 0JH (9:30 for 10:00am until 2pm) lunch included.

“One flock, one Shepherd, six pastures” – The story of bringing together six rural parishes into one parish with six churches – Led by The Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble. Thursday 7th June 2018, St Andrew’s Church, 3 Church Lane, Langar, Nottingham NG13 9HG (9:30 for 10:00 until 2:00pm) lunch included.

To book your place on either of these events please contact or Tel: 01636 817232



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