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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.

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. During 2017 we have focussed on Loneliness and Social Isolation and the church's response and on models of rural ministry.

The Forum publishes a newsletter three times a year 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