There are many different organisations in Devon that work alongside and support communities in many different ways. Growing the Rural Church currently works with a number of them. They may be able to help your mission community directly. Read about how they have worked with some of our pilot projects here.
Devon Communities Together, the community council for Devon, is a champion for its people and environment – helping communities help themselves. Founded in 1961, they have accumulated a wealth of experience in community development work. They are engaged in a wide range of projects, services and funding opportunities that support a vision of dynamic communities shaping their own futures.
Through meetings, working groups, the website and newsletter, the Devon Churches Rural Forum provides both physical and virtual meeting places for anyone interested or involved in rural life and ministry in Devon.
Mosaic Creative is a small training consultancy specialising in the field of community development, with a passion for seeing the church being relevant to its community. They love to unlock the creative potential in others and use drama, cartoons and illustrations to enhance learning and development.
“We have worked with churches overseas and in the UK, training them in the process of church and community mobilisation which involves bringing familiar Bible passages to life through art and drama to help church members gain new insights and to give them an energy and passion for working alongside their community” Jackie Mouradian – Joint Founder
Watch the video to see Mosaic Creative using their fantastic Stories on the Street resource to get the Shirwell Mission Community reflecting on vision, celebrating what they have, compassion, building relationships, understanding the local community and stepping out in faith.
Stir to Action is a not-for-profit organisation that publishes STIR, a quarterly magazine on the new economy, runs workshop programmes, and supports Community Economic Development.
Champing™ is a fundraising initiative developed by the Churches Conservation Trust. It enables members of the public to experience a night sleeping in an ancient church. As well as being fun, good value and having a minimal carbon footprint, it is introducing new audiences to the delights of rural and under visited churches and raising funds for the maintenance of the building.