The Northmoor Team Ministry

We belong to the Church of England and are part of the Diocese of Exeter. There are currently fourteen active churches, including a 'Chapel of Ease' within the Okehampton and Northmoor Churches Team Ministry. There is also 'St Mary's' of Ashbury which does not have services on a regular basis.

What we stand for

We are proud to be part of the Christian Church around the world and to affirm our unity with other Churches in the town. We understand the purpose of the Church to be:

Telling the good news of God's love for the world as shown to us in Jesus Christ.

Enabling Christians to grow in their understanding of God and of their faith

Playing our full part in the life of the town, helping it to be a safe and healthy community, seeking ways to put our faith into practice.

Recognising injustice in all its forms, speaking out against it and seeking to overcome it.

Acknowledging our responsibility for the created world and trying to live in a sustainable way.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful churches.

If you would like to speak with or contact anyone about our churches or our ministry, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you.

For all information on Churches - location, directions, Service timings, etc; please click on the 'Churches' link. For other Churches please look at the 'Links' page.

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.


Palm Sunday Procession

Sunday 25th March 10:45

A procession led by a real live donkey will leave from outside the Primary School (Glendale Rd, Okehampton EX20 1JB) at 10 45 to walk up the hill to All Saints church ( EX20 1LE) to join the 11 o'clock service. All are welcome.

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 and

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.

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