Welcome to the Torridge Methodist Circuit website. The Torridge Circuit straddles the whole length of The Torridge River from source to sea. Its area includes the bustling market towns of Bideford and Great Torrington, the coastal villages of Clovelly and Westward Ho!, and many typical Devon villages linked by deep lanes winding through peaceful farmland.
(The Bideford and Shebbear Circuit came into being on 1st September 2011. It was an amalgamation of two former Circuits – the Bideford Circuit and the Shebbear Circuit. Two years later we have found the right name for ourselves -Torridge.)
Mission Statement: We, the Christian people of the Methodist churches of the Torridge Circuit, are working together to deepen our love of God through worship and service, and to express our love of God by making, and nurturing new disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mission statements of themselves will not take us very far without a vision. Visions are caught not taught. They stir the heart as well as the mind. There have been many visions that have impacted the Shebbear Circuit and beyond in the last ten years, some of which are retold on this website under “Kingdom Visions” in the “Ministries” tab.
On this website you can discover details about our Ministers, our Circuit Stewards, our Churches/Chapels and find a copy of the latest quarterly Preaching Plan. The “About us” page indicates the range of material on this website, as do the tabs “Christians”, “Ministries“, “Our Heritage”, and “Our Future”, across the top bar. Local events will be found in the current Circuit Newsletter.
We have begun the process of looking for a new Minister to serve in the Circuit from September 2014. The Minister will live in the splendid Shebbear Manse just a field away from Lake Farmhouse, the historic Bible Christian birthplace; Lake Chapel (shared with Shebbear College); and the College itself. Information about all the local Primary schools is here and Secondary Schools here.