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Rural ministry training day to be held for new clergy and ministers

A special training day for clergy and ministers in Cumbria will explore the importance of rural ministry.

The Rev'd Sarah Lunn, Diocese of Carlisle Rural OfficerThe event – to take place at the Crooklands Showground, near junction 36 of the M6 – will include guest speakers and will focus on ways clergy can minister in rural settings.

The day’s training is free with the ecumenical event open to all clergy who are interested in attending.

The Rev’d Sarah Lunn, the Diocese of Carlisle’s Rural Officer, who has helped organise the schedule said: “Cumbria is not just a county of fells, lakes and fields; there’s plenty of urban settings and various industries.

“But we can’t escape the fact that the county is predominantly a rural one. In a ministry context, that creates particular challenges and opportunities which we will be exploring.

“We’ll be looking at what it means to be a Christian in Cumbria and explore what someone who lives in a rural setting understands to be rural life. By extension that means we will consider how this can impact on the work of someone new coming to minister in our rural communities.”

As part of the day Cumbrian farmer Jim Webster, from Rampside near Barrow , will give a presentation which focuses on the variety of agriculture across the county. There will also be a session on the importance of Agricultural Chaplaincy, led by Methodist minister the Rev’d Chris Blackshaw; there is a Christian presence in all ten livestock markets in the county. Meanwhile break-out groups will also discuss rural church, community and ministry.

The event from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Monday 25 April has been organized by the ecumenical Rural Forum for Cumbria.




For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at

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