We belong to the Church of England
and are part of the Diocese of Exeter. There are currently fourteen
active churches, including a 'Chapel of Ease' within the Okehampton
and Northmoor Churches Team Ministry. There is also 'St Mary's' of
Ashbury which does not have services on a regular basis.
What we stand for
We are proud to be part of the
Christian Church around the world and to affirm our unity with other
Churches in the town. We understand the purpose of the Church to be:
Telling the good news of God's love for the world as shown to us in
Enabling Christians to grow in their understanding of God and of
Playing our full part in the life of the town, helping it to be a
safe and healthy community, seeking ways to put our faith into
Recognising injustice in all its forms, speaking out against it and
seeking to overcome it.
Acknowledging our responsibility for the created world and trying to
live in a sustainable way.
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful churches.
If you would like to
speak with or contact anyone about our churches or our ministry,
here. We look forward to hearing
For all information on Churches -
location, directions, Service timings, etc; please click on the
'Churches' link. For other Churches please look at the 'Links' page.
It has recently been revealed that Britain has fallen from 8th to 11th place in
the international league tables of charitable giving and voluntary activity. The
survey carried out by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) collects data from 139
countries looking at the proportion of their income that people give to good
causes, the numbers of hours of volunteering they do, and the number of random
acts of kindness they do for strangers. Britain is not alone, as every Western
country in the top 20 had a lower score than the previous year, with Africa
being the only continent to see an increase in all three areas of giving
behaviour. Top of the table is Myanmar, for the fourth year running, followed by
Indonesia and Kenya. We may wonder about Myanmar’s position, when we see the
current situation with the Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh, but would
be better occupied focussing on our own position and asking what we can do about
our decline in these ‘generosity’ ratings.
This month begins with a feast of Harvest celebrations
in several of our churches, where we give thanks for the abundance of food with
which we are blessed, and the many who work so hard to bring it to our tables.
And we are so blessed, particularly when we see the many that are struggling to
find the basics of life due to war, poverty, and the many natural disasters that
have happened this year. The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver.
Therefore, at Harvest not only do we take time to give thanks for what we have
received in such abundance, but we give thanks for what we can give. The reason
is not to pull Britain up the league table again (although that would be good),
but because the best thing to do with a blessing is to share it. Where
generosity and kindness is shared, it grows, and in the present climate of
increasing division and hatred, and huge poverty and need, that is what our
communities and our world needs. Mahatma Ghandi once said:
‘There is enough in the world for
but not for everyone’s greed.’
May God give us grace to count our blessings and share them,
Priest-in-Charge of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe, and Northlew
“The Pilgrim course is a journey to the heart of God and to a living,
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” The Archbishops of Canterbury and
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of
England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can
explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
We are intending to have at least one of the pilgrim courses running somewhere
within the Mission Community at all times and would also be very willing to
facilitate a new group at any time too. Anyone who is interested can contact
Revd Steve Cook, Revd Adrian Brook or Revd Ruth Hansford to find out more about
pilgrim and what's going on at any particular time.