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The Devon Churches Rural Forum was formed in 2015 in order to support the work of the rural church in Devon.

It is an ecumenical body, chaired by the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, and meets three times a year. It brings together people from our churches and wider community, including farmers, ministers, academics and farming and community support groups and some public agencies. It is at an early stage of development, but we hope that groups working on a range of rural issues can meet together to share their ideas and concerns.

Some individuals/groups involved in the Forum have been engaged with market chaplaincy, pastoral support for the farming community, and environmental concerns for a number of years. Others have come together more recently to provide training or reflect theologically on rural ministry. In 2017 we hope that new groups will emerge to work on socio economic issues and community engagement and new models of rural ministry.

The Forum will also begin publishing a quarterly email newsletter containing farming news and information on rural issues, available support, training opportunities etc. If you would like to know more or get involved in any way, please contact Revd Penny Dobbin via email info@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk