Licensed Evangelist, Graham Miles is Agricultural and Rural Chaplain across Suffolk. He writes
"My role as Rural & Agricultural Chaplain for Suffolk has grown over the last two years. I have been reaching out to farming and rural countryside communities across Suffolk and beyond. People can call me at any time when dealing with depression, loneliness, anxiety or suicidal thoughts. For some farmers it is a challenge to attend church on a Sunday because of farming commitments like feeding livestock, calving, lambing season and the the arable farms with drilling and harvesting. When I contact them either by phone or a farm visit l am taking God's Love to them. I am being church and remembering church is not just a building, it’s a family. It doesn’t matter what faith they follow or what relationship they are in , for me it is being there for them sharing God's Love. My far"ming and countryside background has helped me understand more about the problems our farmers and rural communities are facing. Many new doors are opening for me & the rural and agricultural chaplaincy team across Suffolk are doing amazing work giving support where needed.
Remember God’s light shines even in the darkest of places."
Also members of the team are Rev Diane Ekins Powell, Granville Powell, Christine Smith and Linda Preston. Together they build relationships and support the farming community. The team are available on the phone or for visits, especially for members of the rural community suffering with depression, anxiety or just to give a little encouragement. They also help at agricultural shows and events and help local churches and others to understand and connect with rural issues.
An educational chaplaincy team with Linda Pepper, Andrew Jarrold and Graham Miles support the Rural Campus of Suffolk New College in Otley