Fellowship of St Helen’s
The Fellowship of St Helen’s is linked to the Church of St Helen’s on Lundy, off the North Devon coast.
Anyone is able to join the fellowship from around the world. It is described as “A way of searching for God in fellowship with others who share a love of Lundy and its church.”
Lundy is in the Diocese of Exeter and is part of the Hartland Coast Mission Community.
Members undertake to follow a Rule of Life, or guidelines for living.
These include going to church regularly, praying daily, reading the Bible, making time for personal study, family and recreation and visiting Lundy when possible.
There are plans for members of the fellowship to gather for an annual service of thanksgiving on the island, once Covid restrictions ease.
The Bishop of Crediton, the Right Rev’d Jackie Searle, who has oversight of Lundy, said:
“For many people Lundy is a special place, a place of pilgrimage and a place where God seems very close.
“St Helen’s church, built for the glory of God by the Rev’d Hudson Heaven in 1896, is a place of prayer, peace and sanctuary.
“Joining the St Helen’s fellowship is to set your heart on pilgrimage, to seek to live in relationship with God and one another.
“Whether you are physically able to make that pilgrimage, or it is a journey of the heart and soul, finding a place in our lives to draw close to God, to creation and in love for one another, is an essential part of spiritual life.”