• Welcome to the Devon Churches Rural Forum

    Through meetings, working groups, the website and newsletter the Devon Churches Rural Forum provides both physical and virtual meeting places for anyone interested or involved in rural life and ministry in Devon to share:

    • resources for churches including news of training, conference and networking opportunities
    • liturgy and prayers for rural communities
    • shared stories of worship, care and service
    • information on examples of rural ministry and links to other projects
    • a directory of church based community projects and activities
    • information and links on a wide variety of organisations who support our rural communities
    • information and resources related to a variety of rural social, economic, farming and environmental issues.

    Forum members and sub groups are also active in:

    • Pastoral Care for farmers and livestock market chaplaincy
    • Keeping abreast of farming issues in Devon
    • Identifying needs and developing training opportunities for rural ministry
    • Exploring and reflecting theologically on models of rural ministry
    • Monitoring and responding to rural social and economic issues and concern
    • Acting on environmental concerns and care for our land

    Please help make this forum as interactive as possible and share stories which inspire, encourage and inform others and provide information about church and community activities for the directory.

    We hope you will find this website helpful and look forward to your feedback – please keep checking the site as we develop it and add new content.

    If you have any questions about the Devon Churches Rural Forum, please email info@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk


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  • News and Recent Articles

    NFU Response to Government post Brexit consultation
    Full and summary documents of NFU response to the government’s consultation; “ Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming, and the environment in a Green Brexit .”

    Travelling Congregations or Fixed Provision? Assessing Models of Rural Ministry
    by Robert Barlow, Worcester Diocese, in Rural Theology

    The Devon Living Churchyards Project
    Links and further info for Devon Living Churchyards Project

    Cherishing Churchyards
    A special week to celebrate churchyards and burial grounds and to raise awareness of the treasures they contain

    Rogation Service
    Service to celebrate and bless the land at Rogationtide

    Thinking of You by Joanna Collicutt
    A resource for the spiritual care of people with dementia

    Dementia - the rural challenge
    Moving notes from Sally Farrant on the particular challenges of dementia in the rural setting

    North Devon Biosphere Reserve Partnership
    Update on work May 2018

    Natural Flood Management
    A presentation from Andy Bell of North Devon Biosphere Reserve on Natural Flood Management measures - case study of reducing flooding in Braunton

    Health and Nature - A Collaborative Approach
    A presentation from Andy Bell of the North Devon Biosphere Partnership regarding the benefits to people from connecting with nature

    Crowd Funding
    A presentation from Steve Edwards Devon County Council

    Rural Crime Survey 2018
    Contribute to the Rural Crime Survey

    Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
    Information from Faith in Action Bulletin June 2018

    Dementia Friendly Rural Communities Guide
    A practical guide for rural communities to support people affected by dementia

    Ouseley Trust
    Cathedrals, choral foundations, parish churches, choir schools and other relevant institutions which promote and maintain to a high standard the choral services of the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland have until the 30th June 2018 to apply for funding from the Ouseley trust.

    Reaching Communities - Big Lottery Fund
    Reaching Communities provide grants of over £10,000 to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need, including hard to reach communities.

    Greggs Foundation
    The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community

    The Tudor Trust
    The Trust is a responsive grant maker that particularly wants to help smaller, community-led organisations working to high standards that work directly with people who are at the margins of society i.e. organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities.

    Devon County Council
    Grants available via your county councillor

    The John and Diana Kemp-Welch Charitable Trust
    A charitable trust supporting various charities including parochial church councils

    Germinate South West Ambassador
    Meet Stephen Derges - our newly appointed South West Ambassador for Germinate

    Re-imagining Rural Ministry Conference
    Moving Towards New Structures

    Meeting 15th January 2018
    Agenda and papers for the DCRF meeting held on 15th January 2018

    Focus on Farming from DCRF
    A report from the discussion held at the meeting of the Devon Churches Rural Forum meeting on January 15th 2018

    25 Year Environment Plan - January 2018
    Information related to the new 25 Year Environment Plan

    Overview of Global Water & Fisheries Issues
    by John Wibberley

    Earth to Earth
    by Dr Stefan Buckzati

    The Potting Shed Church in Nottinghamshire
    Exploring the Christian faith and building community through a fresh approach to rural church

    Resourcing Rural Ministry - Practical Insights for Mission
    By Simon Martin with Caroline Hewlett, Rona Orme and Becky Payne. Edited by Jill Hopkinson

    Rural Resource Churches
    A presentation given by Barry Dugmore (Exeter Diocese Mission Enabler) at the DCRF meeting on 15th January 2018 and various Rural Resource Church Examples

    Food Strategy
    Link to Devon's Food Strategy

    Natural Capital
    Links to information on "Natural Capital"

    Food, Farming and Related Organisations
    Links to farming and food related organisations including support organisations for farmers

    Soil Matters
    Links to Information, Projects, Comment and Research on Soil Erosion and Care

    Public Money for Public Goods
    Recent Links to speeches and policy announcements relating to Brexit and Public Money for Public Goods

    Agriculture: Brexit VISION to 2040
    Agriculture: Brexit VISION to 2040 - a paper by Professor John Wibberley

    Just Food? Food & Farming for a Sustainable Future
    An Afterword written by Professor John Wibberley for the book "Just Food? Food & Farming for a Sustainable Future" edited by Barbara Butler

    Social and Economic Consequences of Brexit
    A look at the impact of various policy initiatives, including Brexit, on the rural economy, with some useful links. Presentation given by Rose Regeneration at the National Rural Officers Conference November 2017

    Food Ethics and Future Food
    Presentation slides from the Lecture given by David Pink, Emeritus Professor of Crop Improvement at the National Rural Officers Conference November 2017

    Dispersed Rural Food Banks
    A presentation by Barry Jackson given at the Rural Officers Conference November 2017


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