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29th April 2018 - Devon Earth and Faith Network - Foraging, Forests and Faith with a visit to the Forest Garden at Dartington, South Devon. Poster and booking details available here

The annual Germinate Lecture will be held on 9th May at the Arthur Rank Centre.

The speaker this year will be Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester.

From the Germinate website "The challenges facing rural communities and churches require imaginative responses. The Germinate Lecture offers an annual opportunity to engage with someone at the forefront of developing effective Christian leaders."

The link to the Germinate page for further information as available can be found here

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

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. 

New Wine Rural Ministry Conference 18th to 22nd June

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

15th July: Rural Mission Sunday - join hundreds of churches celebrating rural mission; free resources for your special Sunday are available via the Germinate website page here

28th July - save the date! Devon Churches Rural Forum Conference - Reimagining Rural Ministry: moving towards new structures - more information available soon!

13 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

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.

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