The Arthur Rank Centre offer resources for your parish to celebrate this day Sunday 16th July with the theme 'Everybody Welcome' see 

Creator God,

through whose word all things came into being, and by whose power all is sustained: your creation renews inspires awe and worship, strengthens us with hope and calls to us to wonder at your mystery. We pray that, filled with the Spirit who leads us to Christ, you would open our eyes to see your gifts and open our hearts that we may share them with others. May the churches across our countryside be centres of community, places of welcome and human warmth, and channels of the hospitable love offered us in Jesus. We pray this prayer in His holy name.


Rt Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Resources for Rural Churches

Equipping for Rural Mission 
•Published by the Arthur Rank Centre and featuring in Country Way June 2017 free to download at It is designed to support small rural churches understand their community.

•To obtain support or advice to use this resource in Derby Diocese contact

Country Way magazine: includes examples of rural good practice in a magazine style. Back copies can be viewed online for free.

The Diocese of Derby

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Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650 (reception)

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