Contact information for St. James Church, Swimbridge

Postal address: St James's Church, Swimbridge, Nr Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0PR

Priest in charge: 

The Rev. Shaun O'Rourke, The Rectory, Liverton Drive, Swimbridge, Nr Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0PH

Tel.: 01271 830 950 mob.: 07914361905  email: revd.shaun@googlemail.com (See below)

Secretary of the Parochial Church Council:

Theresa Bateman 01271 830649 
Ruth Ellis 01271 830637

Readers serving the benefice:
Peter Rozzell 01271 373 033

Deputy churchwarden at Chapel of the Holy Name, Gunn:

Arnold Bradbury 01271 342 715
Bryan Hawkins 01271 830 597

Churchwarden at St Paul, Landkey:

Eileen MacCaig: 01271 831020

Churchwardens at St Peter, West Buckland:

Paul Ellis 01598 760482 p2.ellis@virgin.net and 
Pat Witheridge 01598 710512 witheridgefarm@btconnect.com


Swimbridge C of E primary school

Visit the website of the Swimbridge C of E primary school: http://www.swimbridge.ik.org/


Our new vicar, Revd. Shaun O'Rourke,

Revd. Shaun O'Rourke

was Licensed at a well-attended evening service at St James' church, Swimbridge, on 12th June 2012. Shaun comes to us from Stockport in Cheshire where he has been the vicar of St Mary's church, Reddish. He will be living at the Rectory in Swimbridge with his wife and three children, to all of whom we extend a warm welcome.

Shaun writes:

"If I may, I would like to share a little about myself with you. I am married to Debbie, have four beautiful children, Milina who is 32, Kieran who is 12, Lewis 8 and Aimee who is 5. Milina has left the nest and has a wonderful partner, Michael, and I have a fantastic granddaughter Maisie, nearly 2.

Both Debbie and I are fom Manchester. We met while I worked offshore. I had just returned from working in America for two years. I was a freelance marine engineer at the time, we married, and Debbie settled into a maritime wife's life, not seeing me for long periods.

I have always been an active Christian and have been involved in the church all my life, and Debbie was the same, her mother being Brown Owl, and a long-standing member of the Church Council, so worshipping together as a family was a natural part of of our life together. I had always felt drawn to something else in life and I always had a deep sense that I was being called. Thankfully, after a long period of challenging myself and building the trust in God that I had always needed, this became a reality.

I have served thankfully in inner-city environments where rectories have bars on windows and doors, to the suburbs and semi-rural parishes where life was so much different. I have always had a desire to serve in a rural setting, there is something about the sense of creation and rebirth, the following of the seasons, the love and respect of the land that I find deeply spiritual. The gifts of the land, the animals and crops that sustain us, the beauty, and even the hardship is the eternal thread of Life into which God has blessed us.

I look forward to becoming part of the communities in which I serve, my door always open, a welcome always given. Thank you each and every one of you for the opportunity to live, pray and share God's ministry."

Shaun's arrival brings to a close a period of almost two years since our former Rector, Revd. Peter Bowers, retired. During this time we have been without a stipendiary vicar and we are grateful for the efforts of Revds Geoffrey Squire, Bruce Dixon, Reader Peter Rozzell as well as all the churchwardens for ensuring that services have been held routinely at all of our churches whilst a new vicar was sought.


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