Farewell to Rev. Ruth Hansford

Dear Friends,

It seems a long time since we first arrived, at the end of June 2007, following my 4 years as a curate learning the ropes in Parkham, a village to the west of Bideford! I was five months pregnant with Brendan, so looking forward to figuring out the joys and challenges of parenthood, as well as those of being a vicar. Over 10 years later, we have definitely learnt a lot, but haven’t yet got it all figured out!

On Wednesday 14th February, we will be moving to Tywyn on the west coast of Wales just north of Aberyswyth, where I will be taking up a new role as the Ministry Area Leader of Bro Ystumanner, an area that includes five parishes and six churches (Tywyn, Aberdyfi, Pennal, Abergynolwyn, Llanfihangel y Pennant and Llanegryn). We had always thought we would stay here for about 10-12 years, but weren’t gearing up to leave quite yet. However, having felt that God was nudging me towards future ministry in the Church in Wales, the advert for this job just happened to catch my eye. It seemed to be the kind of thing we would be looking for, so I felt I couldn’t not apply. I was then rather surprised to be appointed!

This is then our opportunity to say thank you to you all for welcoming us into these communities, and making it home for us in our time here. We have been greatly blessed by everyone’s friendship and support for us as a family. I have been privileged to walk with some of you through times of joy and sorrow in your own lives, and to work with many of you in a variety of contexts in the churches and communities. I am so grateful to each of you for your graciousness in allowing me to share part of the journey with you.

Departing on a day that is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday is a reminder that we leave with love in our hearts – the love we have for you, and the love you have shared with us, and are preparing for whatever the future might bring in the knowledge of God’s love for us, and presence with us. We will be very sad to leave you all, but pray that in your future journeys, you may be blessed with love in your hearts, both given and received, and know the joy of God walking with you.

With our love and thanks to you all,
Rev. Ruth Hansford, Paul, Brendan, Krysty (Flynn, Swallow, Eby – the dogs; Smokey & Bandit, Gin & Tonic – the cats)


Announcement for churches in the Northmoor Team

Rev. Dr Ruth Hansford has been appointed as the Vicar and Ministry Area Leader in the Bro Ystumanner [pronounced ‘uh stee manner’] Ministry Area in the Diocese of Bangor in the Church in Wales. This is a group of six churches on the coast, north of Aberystwyth at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park. Ruth's last Sunday here will be February 11th 2018, when there will be a special service to celebrate her time here. Ruth and the family will be very sad to leave behind friends and colleagues in Devon, but are looking forward to the opportunities this new post brings.

Ruth is presently the Team Vicar of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe and Northlew in the Northmoor Team Ministry in the Diocese of Exeter.

We wish Ruth and her family every happiness in their new home.

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.

For more information http://exeter.anglican.org/christian-faith/explaining-faith/pilgrim-course/ and http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/the-course

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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