The Bishop's Rural Commission came to Packington

The Rural Commission came to Packington:

The Bishop of Leicester, following his initial visits to the parishes of the Diocese last year, wishes to explore the questions raised by our rural context with respect to the Church of England’s mission and ministry in Leicestershire. He has set up a Rural Commission headed by the Dean of Leicester Cathedral, the Very Revd. David Monteith.

  The purpose of the Commission is to:

  • Enable the voice of the rural church and rural community to be more fully articulated, heard and understood in the Diocese and beyond
  • Identify particular opportunities and challenges for the church in these contexts.

 The Commission want to hear about the joys and challenges that face the rural church. It is our chance to be heard.  On a dark, wet and cold evening, some 35 people came to Holy Rood Church on 7th November to take part in the Commission's investigations.

The 4 questions we were asked:

What is going well?  What are the challenges? What is the best thing you have seen? What is the single issue that you would most like the Commission to address?

Many different and encouraging answers were given; there was no shirking of the challenges that face small rural churches; and not unepxectedly no agreement on which was the single most important issue to be addressed.

 The Commission also invites submission by letter or email to be received no later than 31 December 2017.  These may be sent to the Very Revd David Monteith, Deep Wells and Green Pastures, St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PZ.  Please mark emails as ‘Deep Wells and Green Pastures’ and send them to So if you want your views to be heard and didn't make it on 7th Novmeber, do write in



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