Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Sid Valley welcomes new team rector with life experience

11:30 01 April 2014

The Reverend Canon Dr Philip Bourne at his institution and induction with the Right Reverend Nicholas McKinnel-Bishop of Crediton, the Venerable Christopher Futcher-Archdeacon of Exeter, Canon Anna Norman Walker and churchwardens Gerry Shattock and Heather Knight. The service took place on Monday evening at the Parish Church of St Giles and St Nicholas in Sidmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7222-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

The Reverend Canon Dr Philip Bourne at his institution and induction with the Right Reverend Nicholas McKinnel-Bishop of Crediton, the Venerable Christopher Futcher-Archdeacon of Exeter, Canon Anna Norman Walker and churchwardens Gerry Shattock and Heather Knight. The service took place on Monday evening at the Parish Church of St Giles and St Nicholas in Sidmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7222-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

Christians from across the Sid Valley gave the new team rector a resounding welcome as he was installed in a grand ceremony on Monday.

The Reverend Canon Dr Philip Bourne has hopes of uniting the mission community with the wider town, and of bringing more youngsters to the church.

He has been a university chaplain, worked in a diocese and taken positions at home and abroad – even been a Punch and Judy man – but has never been a parish priest, so says he will relish the opportunity.

“I’m really looking forward to settling into life in Sidmouth,” said the 53-year-old.

“Now I’ve finally come to be a priest in an English parish I’m having to ask the junior clergy how to do things!”

Philip, a divorced father-of-three grown sons, will continue to spread the word of God far and wide – as he has done from an early age.

He grew up in Gloucester, where his parents were lapsed Christians until they heard their 11-year-old son play the organ.

Philip struggled in his own relationship with God before a ‘profound experience’ helped him come to terms with the death of his best friend, aged just 14.

“I had a dream that gave me an understanding of eternal life. I didn’t understand it until I learned what had happened,” the reverend said.

“It would be much easier not to believe, but when I weigh up all the good and all the bad, I still find myself on the side of faith.”

He used the vision to help his classmates and the boy’s family through the tragedy.

Philip tried resisting his calling but soon entered the clergy, at first in Wakefield, then at Exeter University, before ‘itchy feet’ took him to the Netherlands.

His wife Elizabeth did not wish to return, and they separated.

“It’s good to have negative life experiences or we can’t relate to those we try to help,” he said. “It’s a great privilege to be with people at the best and worst times of their lives.”

The reverend moved to his new home in Glen Road from Brighton.

He hopes to expand the age range of the Sid Valley flock, potentially taking advantage of cuts to youth services to attract a younger crowd.

0 comments

Other News Stories

44 minutes ago
Ian Rangeley, chairman of Seaton and Beer RNLI, with volunteers at the Beer lifeboat week. Ref shb 27-16TI 3453. Picture: Terry Ife

An original painting by an artist from Beer, worth up to £1,400, is up for grabs in a sealed bid charity auction.

Read more
14:21
Friar West is celebrating 40 years of visiting Sidmouth during FolkWeek

A FolkWeek fanatic is set to enter festival folklore as he attends the event for the 40th year running.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:45
From left to right, volunteers receiving their awards, Cliff Jones, Sue Dorey, Patricia Palmer, Dieter Ritz, Sandra Iris, Nick Povey, Carol Laird,  Julia Burdekin. They were joined by charity patrons Mike Welch & Mary King MBE

Helpers receive length of service awards from patrons Mary King MBE and Mike Welch.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08
NATIONAL EXPRESS - 45 YEARS OLD
Pictured the August 7th 1965 Wedding Photo Album of Brian Lewis & Patricia Cavanagh at St Clements Church. The Photographic album was handed in after being found at Birmingham Coach Station and National Express would like to reunite the album with the family
FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT: Ros Golds on  0121 460 8419 / 07825 976 593 or rosalyn.golds@nationalexpress.com
Picture by Adam Fradgley

A coach company is appealing to reunite a wedding album with its rightful owner – ahead of what would be the couple’s 51st anniversary.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:38
Ref mhz Honiton Show promo.

Porkies family butchers are giving away a £50 voucher for your best picture

Read more
Yesterday, 11:05

Sidmouth resident warns about thieves targeting rural car parks after her bag was snatched.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:24
Record breaking stunt cyclist Andrei Burton entertained students at Sidmouth College this week as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Ref shs 28-16SH 2311. Picture: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth College pupils enjoyed a special treat to mark the end of the school’s golden anniversary celebrations.

Read more
Tue, 16:46
Sidmouth Horse Trials

Processional animals are mane attraction at fun new feature

Read more
Tue, 15:34
Federation schools from Branscombe, Farway and Broadhembury took part in their own Olympics at the end of term. Ref shb 30-16SH 2831. Picture: Simon Horn.

Federation schools compete at Branscombe

Read more
Tue, 15:00
Having fun at the community festival. Ref shs 30-16TI 4736. Picture: Terry Ife

Community fun day

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications