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Interactive Presentation Registration

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Starting at 9:15 a.m. on Zoom

Rural communities of faith are facing enormous challenges. Many of them exist in neighbourhoods where the social fabric has unravelled and is being re-woven. This is a critical time in which our culture is re-shaping the ways in which it is organized.

The rural Church has gifts to offer – The United Church of Canada in particular – as rural communities negotiate how “the neighbour” and “the stranger/the other” will be included in new shape of our communities. The rural Church also has gifts to offer to those who are seeking to connect with God.

The re-shaping of our culture needs these gifts desperately. Enormous strength and courage and leadership is being required of our congregations as they respond to the challenges of our day. We need each other. We need to be connected with each other. Rural Connect works to provide an infrastructure that is helping United Churches across the country address the challenge.

In response to a resolution passed at the 43rd General Council, Rural Connect has been established to support rural congregations through the use of technology.  Using the model of a hub church partnering with satellite churches, a cluster of congregations are joined together for a fully interactive, live worship service with participation from all of the partner churches.  All the technology is controlled by the hub/host church, and the satellite/partner churches receive a box with all the equipment fully configured and ready to go – they don’t even need internet.

If you are interested in exploring how Rural Connect can enhance the ministry of your congregation, please join us at 9:15 a.m. Saturday April 22, 2023 on Zoom for an interactive display and presentation.

Please register below in order to receive the Zoom link.

We look forward to Connecting with you!

Staff Support

Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Minister, Community of Faith Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281
Extension: 6
Email: dmatheson@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home

Role: Diane provides support for the region by encouraging and connecting communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Diane about: Conflict Resolution, Community Ministries, Congregational Finance, Covenants, Grants, Property, and Transitions - amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

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