Appointment of new Associate Priest for Moretonhampstead Benefice

It is announced that the Reverend Prebendary Susan Sheppard has been appointed Associate Priest in the parishes of Moretonhampstead, Manaton, North Bovey and Lustleigh.

Sue is currently part-time Staff Tutor for Devon on the South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC), one of the regional Church of England colleges responsible for the formation and training of clergy and lay ministers. She has served in a number of roles in SWMTC over the past fifteen years, including Acting Principal and Director of Initial Ministerial Education Phases 1-3, and in her previous ministry was Chaplain of St Peter’s C. of E. High School in Exeter.

Alongside her work with SWMTC, Sue currently serves as self-supporting Associate Minister in the Netherexe Parishes, a rural mission community of eight parishes and ten churches near Exeter. She was appointed an honorary Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral in 2011.

Sue’s appointment represents a further step in co-operation between the churches of the Moretonhampstead benefice and their neighbours in the southern part of the Whiddon Team, following the licensing last March of the Reverend Paul Seaton-Burn as Interim Priest-in-Charge of Moretonhampstead, Manaton, North Bovey and Lustleigh within the emerging mission community of the North Dartmoor Parishes.

Working together with Paul, Sue will serve as Associate Priest in the parishes on a half-time basis while in the other half of her time, continuing to teach and support candidates for ministry in her ongoing role as Staff Tutor with SWMTC.

Sue and her husband Guy, proprietor of the Exe Valley Brewery in mid-Devon, will move to Moretonhampstead Rectory in the autumn and subject to the completion of all legalities, the Bishop of Plymouth will license Sue during a service at which all be welcome in St Andrew’s, Moretonhampstead on Thursday, October 8th at 7 pm.

Churches in our benefice are now open and services resumed

For details of Sunday services for the rest of July, please click on SUNDAY SERVICES at the top of the page.

Moreton is open for private prayer and personal reflection on Sundays and Wednesdays. On Sundays the church will be open 9.00 am-11.00 am (with a service being held from 9.30 am), and on Wednesdays 10.00 am-12 noon. The Lady Chapel is set aside for prayer, but the rear of the church is closed as is access to the nave and chancel.

North Bovey, Lustleigh and Manaton are open every day 10 am-4 pm.

In each church, certain areas will be cordoned off, and sanitiser must be used on entry and departure. Please follow any other directions that are given on notices.

We do hope parishioners and visitors will take advantage of the hard work done by volunteers to make our churches available in this way. These arrangements follow diocesan and government guidance and will be reviewed as these are updated.