"For three years the Executive Committee of the Council for Social Service has been pressing the Executive Council of General Synod or (in 1949 General Synod itself, for some Canadian-wide policy to enliven and strengthen our rural Church work. .... What is the problem ? It is to create a rural-minded clergy, happy and content in their work, properly supported, ready to minister in rural areas for most or all of their active ministerial years. The problem is also to focus the attention of all members of Synod on the Church in rural areas so that they will honour the rural workers, see that they are adequately supported, and that, for example, their children are given an equal chance at education with their city cousins. It is primarily a psychological and a spiritual problem, nothing less than to help the rural parish and its leaders to help themselves and to lend a new tone to the rural Church ministry. This Bulletin is devoted chiefly to the two day Conference held at St. John's College, Winnipeg, September 12-13  under the auspices of a Committee of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land. That Conference was a success. It was informative and inspirational and we believe it will prove to be a forward step in the march toward the attainment of a General Synod policy on rural Church affairs". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Provincial Conference, Rupert's Land : What Our Sister Church in the United States is Doing in Rural Work / Maxwell Brown -- The Rural Church and its Sociological Environment / Allan Read -- Book, Periodicals and Pamphlets Suggested by / John Peacock -- Committee Findings -- Addendum : A Plough Sunday Service -- Pertinent Books in The Council's Library.
The following note appears at the head of the Plough Sunday Service: "NOTE: This form of service was prepared by the Church of England Council for the Church and Countryside. We point out that there is no authority in the Prayer Book for its use but authorization might be obtained from local diocesan authority as necessary".
"What is the `Rural Church Movement' ? Among the basic principles which constitute the essential message of this movement are the following: 1. Man's relation to the soil and to the natural resources of the earth is one of stewardship. 2. The Church has a mission to the Community as well as to the individual Christian. 3. The Rural Ministry can be and often should be a life-long vocation. 4. New ways of ministering to widespread rural areas must be tried in view of changed conditions; and the rural priest needs more adequate support in his work. 5. The Rural Church must play an increasingly important part in the life of the WHOLE Church". "Three Rural Schools or Seminars were held this past Summer . This Bulletin contains an account of each one, in order that the experience of those who took part in the Schools might be shared more widely and also that others might be encouraged to attempt something similar. These are in no sense of the word, formal reports, rather they breathe the atmosphere of the respective schools, one held along the sea-girt shore of Nova Scotia, the other two in agricultural settings in Quebec and Ontario. To these reports, there has been added one of the many papers written by the Rev. Allan Read. It describes the setting of the first Rural Training School but it is especially appropriate because it paints vivid pictures of what can happen to a rural church and its community either for ill or for good". -- Intro., pp. , 2.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- Introduction / Leonard F. Hatfield -- Rural Training School Diocese of Nova Scotia / C. Russell Elliott -- Rural Seminar Diocese of Montreal / John Peacock -- Rural Training School Diocese of Toronto / Warren Turner -- A Rural Parish and a Rural Church Program / Allan A. Read -- Rural Films.