Come and Pray - Tuesday 15th May 2018

On Tuesday 15th May 10am at St James Chapel, in the centre of Okehampton, there will be an opportunity to pray for our Community, for our families and friends . This is part of a global 'Wave of Prayer' and an invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Light refreshments will be served at the end of this time of prayer.

Between the 10th and 19th of May 10am - 4.30pm there will be an interactive trail inside the Chapel based on 'The Lord's Prayer'. There will also be a short Compline at St James at 8.00pm on the evenings of Friday 11th, Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th May.

'An evening of Bingo' - Friday 18th May 2018

Friday 18th May 'An evening of Bingo' at the Church Hall, Okehampton
Friday 18th May 2018

Eyes down at 7.30pm. Entry free. Tea/coffee will be served halfway through the evening. If you would like to bring a bottle of wine for your pleasure, please do. For further information have a word with Diane Brooks 01837 861580 or Maurie Webber 01837 53845. Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to seeing you and having a fun evening.

A Message from Wales – Diolch yn Fawr Iawn!


We apologise that we were unable to send this for publication in March, but it took a couple of weeks to get our internet on-line by which time the deadline had gone.
We were quite overwhelmed and incredibly touched by everyone’s thoughtfulness, kindness, and amazing generosity in all the good wishes and gifts we received on our departure from Devon (with some also greeting us on our arrival in Wales). We currently have cards on numerous doors in our new house reminding us of you all. It was also lovely to see so many of you at our final service, and enjoy your company over the sumptuous tea. Thank you to everyone who gave their time and talents to organise it and contribute to it.

There was not time to open all the gifts with which we were presented, so we thought we would say what some of them were. Thank you to the parish churches for their very thoughtful and incredibly generous gifts. The animals seemed to benefit from the pet calming plug-in whilst the removers were packing up the house, and were certainly calmer than we expected on the journey. Paul’s charming Chef Bear has not yet taken over the cooking, but certainly looks the part, whilst Paul and Ruth are looking forward to using their book vouchers (Paul is currently organising books onto shelves, so we will soon know how much space we have left). The children love their piggy banks (or as Krysty calls hers, her ‘kitty bank’) and have been investigating the local shops to see what they each want to spend their £20 on! Ruth finally found her office last week, so now has a place for her beautiful porcelain tea-light holder. Then, on top of all those, we were given a cheque for £1000 towards a new sofa. We have been into ‘Franks’, our local home furnishers, on the main street in Tywyn, and have also visited their showroom in Aberystwyth to look at possibilities. Another visit to the Tywyn shop and we should be able to decide and put in an order. It will be great, as our present, rather battered and chewed second-hand 3-piece suite is bit large and cumbersome for the shape of our new sitting room. Thank you also to Hatherleigh, Exbourne, and Northlew Methodist Chapels for the lovely Dartington gladioli vase. We have found the perfect place for it, when we manage to clear that particular surface! Hatherleigh Community Church gave us a Gift card, which we plan to use to buy an item for the house, when we’ve figured out what we’re missing.

Amazingly we have now been here for a month, and are slowly getting sorted and settled. We have been very warmly welcomed, mainly in English! The children are coping with school and starting to learn Welsh, so we need to get our skates on and find a Welsh class or they will be plotting all sorts without us understanding them.
With Ruth’s induction on Thursday 22nd March, she is looking forward (with some trepidation) to starting work properly. There are similar challenges and joys to rural mid-Devon, with small and ageing congregations, and limited resources, but friendly communities, and beautiful countryside! Do come and visit us and see for yourselves!

With all our love and prayers,
Ruth, Paul, Brendan, and Krysty Hansford
(also Flynn, Swallow, Eby, Smokey and Bandit, and Gin and Tonic)
Y Ficerdy, Ffynnon Arian, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9BF
Tel: 01654 710 255




Plans have been approved to convert the area in the photograph, which is located at the intersection of the four paths in the 1928 churchyard, into a quiet seated sanctuary. This will involve the removal of the old bench and replace it with four contoured benches on concrete bases around the tree stump. A crown made of either sweet chestnut or cedar with a prayer carved into it will be attached to the top of the tree stump. There will also be two signs to guide people to the Sanctuary from the car park and from the 1928 churchyard lychgate.
Planned primarily as a quiet, tranquil place for prayer, reflection and remembrance the Sanctuary will also be an important place to raise the awareness and importance of sacred places within the local community by encouraging its use for community events involving music, storytelling, folklore, poetry, writing, reading, art and photography to name a few.
Due to its location and the abundance of wildlife surrounding it the Sanctuary will be a place where people can come to sit quietly and connect with the natural world receiving all of the associated health and wellbeing benefits.


What is Pilgrim?

“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 York.

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.

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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.

Rev. Ruth Hansford and her son Brendan - sponsored bike ride.



Rev. Ruth Hansford (Team Vicar of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe and Northlew in the Northmoor Team Ministry) and her son Brendan (8 years old) would like to announce that we completed our bike ride for Devon Historic Churches Trust from Hatherleigh via the back road to Jacobstowe and back. The pull up Park Road and then to the top of Hatherleigh Moor required several pauses and much puffing (particularly by Ruth). As we coasted our way down past the Upcotts to Cadham, we realised that going back would involve a good deal of going uphill. We reached Jacobstowe Church in just over 45 minutes and enjoyed having a break at the Cream Teas there (with Ruth looking rather flushed!!). Refreshed and replenished, we set out on our return and, after 55 minutes, whizzed down the hill to finish at Hatherleigh Church. As we wheeled our bikes up the church path towards home, Brendan said, ‘That was great fun!’ After riding 9 miles in less than 2 hours, Brendan immediately got off his bike after cycling up the drive to charge off and join his sister Krysty playing with friends at our neighbour’s house! Rev. Ruth went inside for an Almond Magnum and a sit down with a very welcome cup of tea.


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Advent Course

Our Advent course this year will be looking at another of the Pilgrim course series. We will be exploring The Eucharist; what it means, how we celebrate it and why it is central to our Christian faith.
It will run at Bratton Clovelly School Room on Mondays at 7.30pm and the Fox and Hounds Hotel at Bridestowe on Thursdays at 11.00am.

This means that we have had to change the days of the Bridestowe prayer group for the duration - all details can be seen on the calendar.

Contact Adrian Brook for details:01837 861580

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