Celebrating and Growing the Rural Church

You are invited to a day conference on Celebrating and Growing the Rural Church from 10am on  Saturday 22 June at Wydale Hall.  This ecumenical day will look at ways we can have confidence in our rural churches, and how we can be a Christian presence in our communities.  Everyone is welcome to come, whatever denomination your church is, and whatever role you play in your church.


The keynote address will be by  Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer for the Church of

England, speaking about Confidence.  Howard Petch CBE, former Commissioner for Rural Communities will be talking on being an effective presence, and the Revd Graham Jones, National Rural Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, will be speaking about collaborative ministry and future mission.  Worship will be led by Andy and Jo Bowden of The Well, and there will be time to share what’s happening in your church.


There will also be a chance to attend workshops with:

  • Jo and Andy Bowden: children, young people and the rural church
  • Jill Hopkinson: continuing the theme of confidence
  • Howard Petch: future issues in agriculture and food production
  • Graham Jones and Fr Tim Bywater on collaboration and ecumenism
  • Phil Thomas: using your church building imaginatively


To book a place, email training@yorkdiocese.org or call 01904 699504.  There is no charge to attend. Lunch will be provided, please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements.  Wydale Hall is the Conference and Retreat Centre for the Diocese of York, and is located at Brompton-by-Sawdon, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9DG.