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6th June - West Devon Mission Shed - will be held at Toast coffee house, Okehampton on Wednesday 6th June from 7pm

8th-9th June 2018 - Rural Ministries Annual Conference, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

Sharing our God led experiences in a missional sense should inspire and encourage us. We should be challenged to view the culture and community that we are part of through God's eyes, how might that change your church mission activities? What might you be led to stop and engaged to start something new?

Together, we will enjoy two days of fellowship, discussion, learning and sharing based on John’s Gospel.

Teaching sessions will be led by Rev Canon Dave Male, who is the Church of England Director for Evangelism and Discipleship. He is very experienced in helping churches implement missional strategies. Worship will be led by Sam and Sara Hargreaves of engageworship.

The conference costs £90 including accommodation on the 8th June, all meals and delegate packs. Full details of the event and booking information can be found here. 

Saturday 9th June – Sun 17th June 2018 - Cherishing Churchyards - for more information see here

14th June - Devon Community Resilience Forum - find out more about the Forum here

The next Forum meeting will take place at Cruwys Morchard Parish Hall, Cruwys Morchard, Tiverton, EX16 8LD. Registration opens for the event at 09:30am and this will be an all-day event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day. If you would like to reserve a place on this event then please email info@devoncommunities.org.uk stating your name, Town/Parish, Organisation, Community Post Held (if applicable), email and contact phone number. A programme for the day can be downloaded here.

As before, this will be a free event for delegates to attend and we look to be building on what has been done in the past as well as looking to invite new members to participate please feel free to forward this invite onto other people you think may benefit from attending. I have now attached the days programme for your information.  

18th to 22nd June - New Wine Rural Ministry Conference

Join New Wine rural leaders 18-22 June at Lee Abbey in Devon for spiritual, strategic and physical refreshment. Workshops cover evangelism, Worship, Ministry, Community and Discipleship and there will be opportunities for personal ministry and reflection in the beautiful grounds. Details here

21st June, 10.00 – 16.00, Training Day for Ministry in Residential Care Homes, Great Hall, Old Deanery, Exeter EX1 1HS

Would you like to improve your ministry to older people and people with dementia in residential care? Would you like to spend time with others serving in this important ministry? Trainer: Revd Dr Margaret Goodall, former Chaplaincy Development Manager for Methodist Homes (MHA) and has also been involved in setting up the first Anna Chaplain. Fully booked now but there is a waiting list - contact Cathy Scoffield, Administrator – Mission & Ministry, cathy.scoffield@exeter.anglican.org .

7th July 10:00 – 15:30. When friendship matters most. Christ Church, Bear Street, Barnstaple, EX32 7BU.
This is a free day conference about the practical and spiritual responses we can make to memory loss and dementia – hosted and led by local Christians in Barnstaple. Booking is essential and so please contact: Shirley Baxter on 01271-375560 or email shirley@johnnshirley.plus.com or shirleybaxter@gmx.co.uk

15th July: Rural Mission Sunday - join hundreds of churches celebrating rural mission.

Germinate, the parent organisation for Rural Mission Sunday, says: ‘Rural Mission Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the life of the rural church. We know that rural Christians can and do make a real difference to their communities. However, that is not always how it feels; we can often feel overshadowed by larger urban and suburban churches. So it’s important to stop, reflect on what we do and give thanks.’

This year’s special theme is Growing Together. Churches are invited to consider how they can grow together

  • through prayer and worship
  • through saying ‘thank you’
  • through giving gifts
  • through celebrating your community
  • through extending hospitality

Resources are available through registration at Rural Mission Sunday resources

28th July - Devon Churches Rural Forum Conference - Reimagining Rural Ministry: moving towards new structures - Cullompton Community Centre - click here for flyer and booking details

15th September - Creating a buzz in Devon's churchyards - Devon Living Churchyards Project Workshop 2018 - a poster can be downloaded here - booking is essential

13th October: Germinate Conference, the biennial one day event in partnership with all the rural agencies, networks and denominations, to inspire and equip you. Key notes, case studies, workshops - save the day!

If you have details of any events or training opportunities please let us know so we can share via the website and newsletter – as always via info@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk

24th October - Exeter Eco Diocese continues to develop slowly and a gathering with Bishop Nick McKinnell to progress Eco Churches in Devon will be held at St. Edward’s, Eggbuckland, Plymouth on - a poster can be downloaded here

31st October - Growing the Rural Church Conference: Building Conversations - Churches for Rural Communities to be held in The Welcome Centre, Coventry. Workshops will explore a range of sustainable approaches to rural mission and ministry. See the poster here for further details and booking information.

20th to 21st November 2018 - Rural Officers Gathering, at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh. The focus will be on church growth (in discipleship, service and numbers). Details in May.