Rural Mission

The Arthur Rank Centre (ARC)

Much of the URC’s work with rural communities is resourced and supported through the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC), where the URC’s Rural Officer, Elizabeth Clark is based. With over 40 years of experience the ARC is the Churches’ ecumenical resource centre for work in rural communities. To find out more please visit the ARC website.

Elizabeth and the team can be contacted on any matters relating to mission and ministry in the countryside.
Email or phone: 024 7685 3081 for Elizabeth or 02476 8530606 enquiries

Arthur Rank Centre Resources

To discover how the ARC can resource your church and community click here.
The free downloadable material will inspire and equip you in areas such as WorshipBuildingsEvangelismNurture and Discipleship.
You can download or view a simple introduction to all the ARC’s online resources here, which contains active links to all sections of the website.

Country Way Magazine
Informing, inspiring and focused on life and faith in rural Britain, Country Way magazine is full of good news stories from rural churches and communities. Written by and for real people in today's countryside, Country Way tackles real issues and offers real and imaginative responses: a must for all engaged in rural mission. Published three times a year and available online or as hard copy (subscription details here) with many back issues freely accessible online. You can find a selection of these here.

Learning and Development
The ARC provides a number of opportunities for learning and development:

Rural Ministry Course – for those new to rural ministry, lay or ordained, the ARC’s ever popular 48 hour course is run twice a year and includes expert input, workshops, worship and helpful networking. More details here.

Creative Leadership in the Rural Church (CLiRC) is an 18 month leadership development programme that will help you – lay or ordained – develop your creative and entrepreneurial skills for effective rural church leadership. Information and application details here.

The Centre for Studies in Rural Ministry (CSRM) offers flexible opportunities for further study which enriches ministry through research-based reflective practice. Find out more here.

The ARC is renewing its focus on the challenges of Multi-Church Ministry and is also looking to support initiatives in Rural Enterprise. Please contact us if these are areas of interest for you.

Rural Mission Sunday

In 2015 we launched Rural Mission Sunday – a real opportunity for churches to celebrate who they are and give thanks for their community. This takes place around the 3rd Sunday in July, this year the date for RMS is 17 July 2016, but you can mark this at any time over the summer to suit you and those you work with. Material available from the website.

Farming Help
The ARC works closely with three organisations working under the Farming Help umbrella who seek to support those involved in the farming industry:

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteers from the farming community and rural churches, providing a helpline and visiting service to farming people and families facing difficulties. They provide pastoral and practical support for as long as it is needed, helping people to find a positive way forward.

The helpline is open from 7am-11pm daily. Call 0845 367 9990
Email here or visit here.

The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families who have to leave their farm and by doing so will lose their home. In times of emergency and where hardship prevails Addington may be able to support a farm business with a short term grant and in certain counties may be able to accommodate farm workers through its Affordable Rural Housing Scheme.
Visit here or phone 01926 620135

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a grant-making charity that provides confidential help to retired and working farming people in financial difficulty. Support includes one-off and regular grants, replacing essential household items, funding for disability equipment, care home fees, relief farm staff and training grants to help people develop skills to bring in off-farm income.
Visit here or phone 01865 724931