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Rural Mission and Ministry Day: Celebrating Festivals in the Rural Context
- Course Dates: Tue 11 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An exploration of the principles and practicalities involved in celebrating the major festivals of the church in the distinctively rural context.
The course will explore imaginative ways of keeping feasts such as Christmas and Holy Week, but also the agricultural and rural feasts for which provision is made in Common Worship.
Ministering in a rural context calls for a distinctive and particular approach to liturgical and pastoral provision. Rural multi-parochial benefices have a particular set of joys and challenges around shaping the community by the rhythms of the year. As well as the universal Festivals of the church, such as Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost, all of which can be prepared and delivered in imaginative ways that play to the strengths of a small rural community, there are a set of Festivals which are more particularly focused on the rhythms of the natural cycles of the year, and on the agricultural calendar. This short course will explore both types of Festival, drawing together theological, liturgical and practical resources and encouraging the sharing of best practice within the group.