Celebrating the creativity of our rural churches across the Church of England in Leicestershire.
The Diocese of Leicester is a rural diocese with urban heartlands, working in partnership and led by God’s people…
The Diocese of Leicester has one of Britain’s most diverse cities at its geographical centre but more than twice as many of its 320 churches are situated in the countryside than in towns. More Church of England weddings happen in Leicestershire’s countryside churches than in urban ones, and almost 80 per cent of its schools are rural. We are a rural diocese with urban heartlands.
From bustling market towns, to quiet villages, former mining communities to new housing developments, the term rural can mask many significant differences, which is why it is so important for the church to be part of every community and to prayerfully discern what God is doing in their particular context.
From luncheon clubs to Messy Churches, ministry among the elderly and isolated to work with village schools, fresh expressions of Church to BCP communions, Bible studies to social events, our rural churches exist to resource the everyday faith of their congregations and to make God’s love known in their local setting.