40 YEARS OF BIBLE MINISTRY
Around 40 years ago, two Christian ladies who managed Hotel Elizabeth on Sidmouth seafront had the burden for a week of Bible Ministry in Sidmouth following the ethos of the popular Keswick Conference in Cumbria. They arranged a special week, out of season, filling the hotel with visitors and inviting local Christians for an opportunity to come together for a “Keswick Week”.
Now a small group of volunteers from different churches in the Sid Valley and beyond undertake the planning of what is known as Keswick in Devon. We hold to the ethos of Keswick Ministries and are part of the Keswick Fellowship (see below)
The current event planning team consists of:
- Revd David Caporn, Vicar of All Saints Sidmouth (Chair)
- John Allan, Bible teacher and member at Belmont Chapel, Exeter
- Nick Goldsworthy, teaching and programme leader at Belmont Chapel, Exeter
- Carole Hawkins, conference administrator and Lay Reader at All Saints Sidmouth
- Peter Scott, website editor and Lay Reader at All Saints Sidmouth isverigeapotek.com
Recently, Keswick in Devon has come under the governance of All Saints Church Sidmouth, which has provided the venue and as a church has always supported the annual conference; this has not changed any of its ethos or purpose. But Keswick in Devon still needs to be self-supporting financially, relying on the donations of those who attend, to meet the expenses of the week. Funds are kept in a restricted account under All Saints and this does mean that donations can be gift aided.
Over the years many well known and distinguished Christian speakers have come to Keswick in Devon. These have included David Jackman, Tim Chester, Stephen Gaukroger and Ian Coffey. For a full list of speakers over the past 20 years click here.
Keswick in Devon is a member of the Keswick Fellowship, a network of similar events in the UK and around the world which share a commitment to the spiritual renewal of God’s people for his mission in the world.
For over 140 years the work of Keswick has impacted churches worldwide, and today the movement is underway throughout the UK, as well as in many parts of Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. Keswick Ministries is committed to strengthening the network in the UK and beyond, through prayer, news, pioneering and cooperative activity.
The Keswick movement worldwide has adopted St Paul’s key statement to describe the gospel’s inclusivity: ‘all one in Christ Jesus’ (Gal 3:28).