The National Rural Mission and Ministry Officer for the Methodist Church
Tel: 020 7467 5285
Rural Mission Sunday
Sometimes rural churches can feel overshadowed by the larger urban churches. Rural Mission Sunday (first held in 2015) provides a real opportunity for rural churches to celebrate who they are and give thanks for their community.
Resourcing, training & advocating for rural Christians, rural churches and the communities they serve.
The Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical national charity with a vision of confident rural Christians, encouraged to engage in effective mission and ministry.
Our focus is to support and strengthen the UK’s 15,000 rural churches, so they can respond positively to change and impact the communities they serve.
Other Sources of Help
The ARC works closely with three organisations working under the Farming Help umbrella who seek to support those involved in the farming industry:
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteers from the farming community and rural churches, providing a helpline and visiting service to farming people and families facing difficulties. They provide pastoral and practical support for as long as it is needed, helping people to find a positive way forward.
The helpline is open from 7am-11pm daily. Call 03000 111 999
Email here or visit here.
The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families who have to leave their farm and by doing so will lose their home. In times of emergency and where hardship prevails Addington may be able to support a farm business with a short term grant and in certain counties may be able to accommodate farm workers through its Affordable Rural Housing Scheme.
Visit here or phone 01926 620135
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a grant-making charity that provides confidential help to retired and working farming people in financial difficulty. Support includes one-off and regular grants, replacing essential household items, funding for disability equipment, care home fees, relief farm staff and training grants to help people develop skills to bring in off-farm income.
Visit here or phone 01865 724931