New Bishop of Exeter on pilgrimage to North Devon

20:55 29 June 2014

The Bishop of Exeter meets children at Berrynarbor Primary School.

The Bishop of Exeter meets children at Berrynarbor Primary School.

Archant

Bishop Robert is travelling around meeting people in the diocese before he is installed into his new position this Saturday (July 5).

The new Bishop of Exeter has continued his prayer pilgrimage of the county before taking office with a visit to North Devon.

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell will be installed as the 71st Bishop of Exeter on Saturday in Exeter Cathedral at 2pm, with all welcome.

He is spending the days before the installation getting to know the diocese, listening to people’s concerns and offering to pray for them.

Bishop Robert called in at Berrynarbor Church of England Primary School, Ilfracombe and Children’s Hospice South West at Little Bridge House in Fremington.

He also went to Combe Martin – very special to him because his parents had their honeymoon there 67 years ago.

On his journey he is praying with and for people he meets – giving them prayer cards and inviting them to the installation service.

He said his visit to the hospice was ‘profoundly moving’.

“It was a great privilege to be welcomed so generously into the hospice, and meet parents, patients and staff,” he said.

“We held prayers under the memory tree, which was festooned with bereaved parents’ memories of their children. It was very moving and a reminder that we may forget God, but he never forgets us.”

He said he remembered holidays in Ilfracombe as a child, and that going back now he found a sense of new ‘self-confidence’ in the town and praised the strong links between the church and schools.

He stayed overnight at Lee Abbey, the Christian community which hosts volunteers and visitors from all over the world, at Lynton.

This week Bishop Robert will visit East Devon, and walk some of the coastal path around Beer and Branscombe, before moving to South Devon.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

8 minutes ago
The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Councillors say £3million development would have too great an impact on the area.

Read more
51 minutes ago
Lisa MacKenzie and Anthony Price are calling on people to join Relay for Life

A cancer survivor from Barnstaple is urging people from across the region to sign up for North Devon’s Relay for Life.

Read more
RRA chairman Graham Turner and Gail Bond

Roundswell Residents Association warns people could be on the wrong tarriff - and paying too much for sewerage.

Read more
20 minutes ago
William's owner Gina says he has saved her life.

North Devon K9focus Heroes Awards - is your pooch a top dog?

Read more
The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Councillors will once again be deciding the fate of the luxury £3million development proposals for Westward Ho! today (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 17:42
Join the Torridge election candidates tonight from 7pm-9pm on the Gazette website.

Tune in from 7pm - 9pm tonight and ask the Torridge and West Devon election candidates anything.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:24
Your Vote Counts

The latest opinion poll from Lord Ashcroft has the Conservatives ahead in the race for North Devon’s parliamentary seat.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:17
Emily Peck is flanked by friends and fellow bowling club members at Westward Ho!  to mark her 100th birthday.

Emily Peck’s love of bowls has helped keep her sprightly up to the age of 100

Read more
Yesterday, 15:18
North Devon Hospice fundraiser Emma Lowe gets acquainted with a crayfish and a hake, some of the stars of Geoff Morton’s menu at Fat Belly Fred's fish restaurant in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Top local producers to showcase a cornucopia of coastal delights at Barnstaple Pannier Market.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:50
British Hen Welfare Trust founder Jane Howorth with 'Liberty'. Picture: Submitted

Egg-citing time as charity looks forward to re-homing its 500,000th hen.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder