It’s very easy for urban concerns to dominate our national narrative. Here is a report that reminds us of the value of our rural communities and churches, their opportunities and their needs. It’s excellent, and was warmly received by General Synod this afternoon. There are lots of recommendations, and now the work begins to implement them. I have asked for copies for all members of our own (Eds and Ips) Diocesan Synod, and it should be a real help as we seek to be Growing in God in what is mostly a very rural area.
The report is available online at https://www.churchofengland.org/media/2148423/gs%20misc%201092%20-%20rural%20multi%20parish%20benefices.pdf.