Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Approximately half of the parishes and churches in the diocese of Chelmsford are defined as rural (settlements of less than 10,000). Our aim is for each church to be a transforming presence in its community.

We recognise the unique challenges faced by rural communities including reduced access to public services, lack of employment and training opportunities, closure of public amenities including shops and pubs which traditionally provided places for people to gather.

We also recognise the place of the church in creatively serving rural communities through living the gospel of Christ in response to the needs of our times.

The diocese of Chelmsford is committed to enabling rural churches to serve Christ effectively through supporting clergy and lay people in their ministry.

The diocese has a Rural Adviser and Agricultural Chaplain, Revd Janet Nicholls, who supports rural communities and churches. Janet welcomes contact on 01371 851317,  or facebook Rural Adviser for Chelmsford Diocese.

Colchester Area also has a Rural Evangelism Adviser, Revd Dub Gannon. Dub can be contacted on

 The diocese runs courses and events for those serving rural parishes throughout the year. These are listed in the diary section.

A variety of resources to support the church in the countryside can be accessed from the Arthur Rank Centre via

Resources Pack - Click to download (coming soon)

Additional Material (required to run some of the sessions in the pack) - Click to download (coming soon) (downloads as a zip file containing all resources)

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