The Right Reverend Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton will be arriving in Ilfracombe on Sunday, March 8, and will visit the RNLI Ilfracombe lifeboat station.

Bishop Jackie will meet some of the volunteers who support the work of the RNLI in Ilfracombe, including those who work in fundraising, in the RNLI shop and in the boathouse and visits teams, as well as members of the crew and shore crew.

After spending some time with the volunteers Bishop Jackie will tour the boathouse and will say a prayer of blessing over the lifeboats and the work of the RNLI.

The boathouse will be open to the public from 9.40am and all are welcome to join the volunteers for the prayer of blessing.

The Rev Peter Churcher, Vicar of Pip and Jim's Church in Ilfracombe and chaplain to Ilfracombe RNLI said: "It is my joy to serve the RNLI Ilfracombe as chaplain, and I am humbled by the amazing work of the volunteers who invest so much time, in such a variety of ways, in this vital life-saving work. I am very pleased that Bishop Jackie will be visiting the RNLI and meeting the volunteers to celebrate the work they do.

"The visit to Ilfracombe RNLI is part of JOY 2020 where Bishop Robert, Bishop Jackie and Bishop Nick will be touring the county and taking part in events in all sorts of places across Devon. These promise to be great events for those with a strong faith or none at all. They will show that Christianity isn't about buildings, rules and rotas, but it is about people and God's immeasurable love for every single person in Devon."