April 19, 2011
Welcome to the website of the churches of
St Michael’s and St Barnabas, Devonport.
We meet for worship every Sunday,
10.30am at St Michael’s.
For details of our social activities and all other meetings, see the side bar … together with links to our Facebook pages and all sorts of online resources.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
August 10, 2016
Following a career as a solicitor and having journeyed through grief following the death of two of their children, Nick Shutt responded to God’s call to ordination and is now Rector of the West Dartmoor Mission Community.
Nick and his wife Corinne were left devastated over their loss and they realised that there are no easy answers where suffering is concerned.
He said: “In the midst of our grief we found it hard to cope with those who seemed to want to turn our tragedy into something good. I learned that faith is sometimes a matter of gritting your teeth and echoing the man in the Gospel who shouted ‘I believe, forgive my unbelief’.”
Nick had been involved in church youth work for many years and following conversations with his then rector decided to explore the path to ordained ministry. What became clear to Nick in the process is his belief in self-supporting ministry.
He said: “I am a passionate believer in self-supporting ministry and I continued with my legal career.”
Only later, following retirement from law, did Nick become a full-time minister (still unpaid) in the Yelverton Team Ministry and although taking on a challenging role is positive about the experience. He said: “It has been a bumpy road…. but on the whole it has been an amazing journey.”
He adds: “I love the image of us being pilgrims who journey with purpose. It is very fitting for a place like Dartmoor which is littered with wayside crosses and ancient trackways previously used by pilgrims.” And it is Nick’s vision of us as God’s people that he finishes with: “Our God-given lives are precious and it would be good to see more people embrace the fact that Christ came so that we might enjoy abundant life.”
Nick with Willow, their new 14 week old Cocker Spaniel puppy
August 4, 2016
Our term card for September to November is now available here. It contains details of all our Sunday services and other activities, so is ideal to give to friends and family who may be interested. Or use it as your bookmark to remind you to pray for what’s going on in the life of the church family each day🙂
Click on image to view or on links above to download in full
August 1, 2016
WATT (Women at the Table) met yesterday for a discussion on pastoral care in the church. We had a wide-ranging discussion led by Annette, covering our experience and expectations of pastoral care, as well as looking at biblical examples and principles.
It’s not easy to summarise 2 hours of discussion while eating cake (!), but we agreed on a number of things …
Pastoral care needs to be:
Practical – our acts of love to each other, our desire to include newcomers and our attempts to reach those outside the church
Personal – a visit is better than a phone call … and as we get to know someone, we get to know their character and circumstances and can act/pray accordingly
Patient (or perhaps persistent!) – one visit isn’t enough! Even the most difficult person will come to realise they are loved if we don’t give up
Prayerful – led by the Holy Spirit
We certainly came away with lots to think about🙂
Our next meeting is on Sunday, August 28th, 5pm at the Vicarage when Pam and Joan will share some of their craft ideas with us.
July 26, 2016
Women at the Table (WATT) is our new women’s group. We meet on the last Sunday of each month, 5pm at the Vicarage, for discussion, prayer … and to eat cake. Our topics are chosen and prepared by members of the group, and this month we are looking at pastoral care in the church family … what are our priorities, how do we achieve them, how do we keep it practical … and any other questions that come up!