About Devon Pilgrim

Growing the Rural Church

Devon Pilgrim began life within the Growing the Rural Church project in the Diocese of Exeter.

Devon's landscape is dotted with small, rural church buildings, each built hundreds of years ago to serve its local community. For generations, people have worshipped God in these buildings, and their prayers and praise echo through the ages and fill these places with peace and tranquillity.

Growing the Rural Church is an eight year project funded jointly between the Diocese of Exeter and the Church Commissioners' Strategic Development Fund. It aims to support rural churches to engage with their wider community to develop new missional, cultural, commercial and community uses for church buildings that will enable them to be sustainable for generations to come.

Devon Pilgrim works to support rural churches to work together along these pilgrimage routes, to offer hospitality to pilgrims, along with opportunities to reflect, re-root and add your prayers to those of the generations who have worshipped here before.

‘Look and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls'

Jeremiah 6:16