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Last updated 19th September 2017

Rural churches

Since 1972 Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, an ecumenical Christian charity, has served both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training.

Germinate is the home of the National Rural Offices for the Church of England, Methodist and United Reformed Church; and also the hub for the church network of Rural Officers and Agricultural Chaplains. Their focus is to support and strengthen the UK’s 15,000 rural churches, so they can respond positively to change and impact the communities they serve. Click on the icon below to access their website

They provide hundreds of resources for rural churches including a comprehensive range of worship resources and rural stories, ideas and inspiration though our magazine, Country Way. Our highly popular Rural Ministry Course has been running for over 30 years and, through a special project, we are working hard to effectively resource those engaged in multi-church ministry.

Newer projects include Germinate Enterprise, a rural business start-up programme, Germinate Groups, learning communities for multi-church groups, and Germinate Leadership, a training programme developing the creative and entrepreneurial skills of rural church leaders. We also run a biennial Germinate Conference, a major national day conference for all those involved in rural mission and ministry.


There are regular Rural Focus Group meetings involving ecumenical and statutory service partners (eg fire service) held in the north, south and east of the diocese. For more information please contact Ed.Saville@Blackburn.Anglican.Org

Dates of the next meetings:

Group Location Date (time)    
South Croston Parish Church, PR26 9HA 20th September 2017 2pm    
North Garstang Fire Station, PR3 1NJ 9th January 2018    
South Croston Parish Church 6th February 2018    
East TBC 6th March 2018