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Rural roundup

Until the Week St Mary Circuit joined with Camelford and Tintagel Circuit in Cornwall, last year it was reputedly the most rural circuit in English Methodism, with no communities larger than a few hundred people. Even in this larger circuit of 17 churches, with a few small towns, all the communities are rural.

Did I say 17 churches? Well, we have another just coming to birth. One of the Circuit’s Local Preachers began a Kid’s Club, JAF, about five years ago and then a special informal Sunday worship meeting for their families. From monthly this has become weekly and this new congregation, mostly of young families and their friends, has moved into larger premises to accommodate its growth. Worship style is varied. It may be Messy Church style or Cafe Church, or teaching and discussion or almost anything really – but it is worship! It is seeking God! It is reaching for truth and meaning in a changing world which impacts traditional farming areas hard.

In Week St Mary the Methodists and Anglicans work together to express the Christian faith in contemporary styles.

There are Big Breakfasts (FAB), Chat teas, Worship Lunches and Messy Church, a new venture. At the first attempt there were 70 people: children, parents, grandparents, all exploring creation and before tucking into platters of ‘food from the Garden of Eden’. Here too is the hope of a new joint congregation walking together on a faith journey.

In Canworthy Water (population 50) the Methodist Church (there is no other place of worship in the village) is always open, with interactive prayer stations and meditation points; a reading corner complete with books, rocking chair and sweets. Light refreshments are always available in ‘The Eating Place’. Morning Prayer is

New Chief at Farm Crisis Network

Charles Smith is the new Chief Executive of Farm Crisis Network (FCN). Sarah Brown, who had run the charity for the last three years, took up full time ministry in June. Charles Smith was previously Managing Director of the Challenger brand for AGCO the global manufacturer of agricultural equipment.

Charles, who lives near Stamford, said: “I'm very pleased to have joined such a strong team which is dedicated to helping our farming friends through difficult times. FCN's commitment to the provision of care and support to the farming community is most impressive but can only continue thanks to the significant support provided by our volunteers and the donations offered by our supporters.”

Over the last couple of years, calls to FCN for help and support have increased considerably as a result of financial difficulties and the incidence of bovine tuberculosis among beef and dairy cattle. 4 www. countryway. org. uk

celebrated every morning. Lots of people use the church, especially in the summer, and community involvement is fostered by wild and whacky events ranging from the Scarecrow Festival through family fun afternoons at the Manse, a bonfire party, a Biblefresh Exhibition, and ‘Living the Story’ where adults and children find themselves involved in re- enactments of stories from the Bible.

Also going on in the circuit is the Celtic and Christian group at Tintagel, Xplorers (a new kids group), and the developing and growing Sunday School at Maxworthy.

It’s a very exciting place to be. The church is real, alive and still going places!

Doreen Sparey-Delacassa

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