DCRF Work Strands and contacts

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The Devon Churches Rural Forum acts as an umbrella for various activities to support both our rural churches and our wider communities.

These include:

Developing Training opportunities for rural ministry and mission and for exploring farming and other rural issues.

The Forum Chair, The Ven Dr Mark Butchers (Archdeacon of Barnstaple) and Alison Ball, Learning and Development Co-ordinator for the South West for the Methodist Church, are liaising about how best to take this strand of work forward.

If you would like to receive, or can offer, training on any aspect of rural ministry, mission or specific rural issue, please email training@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk and let us know what areas you are interested in.

Exploring models of Rural Ministry

We hope to be able to run an event to explore different models of ministry. In the meantime members of the Forum are collecting information on different models that operate in different parts of the country. Ecumencial models are of particular interest. This work is calso co-ordinated by the Chair of the Forum The Ven Dr Mark Butchers. Please contact Mark direct if you would like to be involved in taking this work forward on chair@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk

The Bright Field Community

The Bright Field Community is a community of Anglican clergy (currently) who meet to reflect theologically and to support each other on the shape and nature of rural ministry. The community is co-ordinated by Rev'd Simon Franklin. If you are interested in knowing more about the Bright Field Community, please contact Simon via brightfield@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk

See also our Bright Field Community page

Farming Support and Market Chaplaincy

The Farming Community Network provides direct support to farming families through their network of volunteers. Training can also be offered to chaurhc based pastoral care teams to help understand some of the particular issues involved. If you would be interested in joining the FCN as a volunteer, or woould like some training in your church, please contact the Devon FCN Co-ordinator Joanne Jones who can be reached via joannejones.farmer@gmail.com

Market Chaplaincy at the various livestock markets in Devon is co-ordinated by Andy Jerrard who also provides rural chaplaincy support for farmers. If you would be interested in working with Andy or joining one of the market chaplaincy teams, please contact Andy via andy.jerrard@tiscali.co.uk

Socio-economic issues and Community Engagement

Rev'd Penny Dobbin leads on this work strand for the Forum. Exploration of this theme is in the early stages but the following have been identified for further discussion: rural mental health and how the churches can support people, working with others to support ruirally isolated and lonely people, support for rural businesses and support for children and families, helping to raise aspiration and encourage our young people in their life vocations. 

If you are interested in becoming involved in this work, or have areas of particular expertise (not limited to the suggestions above), please contact Penny on info@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk

Environment and Care for the Land

This strand of work is co-ordinated by Martyn Goss who leads the Church and Society Team for the Diocese of Exeter. He can be contacted via martyn.goss@exeter.anglican.org

The Devon Churches Green Action group website can be found at http://www.dcga.org.uk/