Rural Mission in Yorkshire West Methodist District

Rural Mission in Yorkshire West Methodist District

What do we mean by ‘rural’?

The government defines ‘English rural’ as being outside of settlements with more than 10,000 resident population.
It is not necessarily as straightforward as that and every rural community is different. Common themes for rural areas would be:

How much of the District is rural?

There are large rural areas within the District which include parts of the Yorkshire Dales. These rural areas have outstanding beauty and face the balance of sustaining farming and tourism which are both key to their economy. In terms of churches, 59 of our District churches are located in rural or semi-rural communities which is over a quarter of the District churches. These range in membership from 1 to over 100. The total membership of these churches is 1868 which is 17% of the District membership.

What are the issues facing rural communities?

What is going on in the District to support rural communities and the mission of rural churches?

The Rural Strategy Group have also developed a Strategy for use by circuits and churches across our District. Hard copies were given out at Spring Synod in April 2022, but further copies of the Strategy can be downloaded here:

Rural Strategy Cover Letter
Rural Strategy Booklet

Stories of Rural Mission