The Sheldon Blog - latest news and reflections

Welcome to the news section of the Sheldon website. News and chat about life at Sheldon and forthcoming events

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Friends of Sheldon Mon 20 November 2017

The Friends of Sheldon newsletter is out now - your comments welcome!


Summer at Sheldon Mon 07 August 2017

Frivolous and profound, fun and hard work - all here at Sheldon


New arrivals Sat 06 May 2017

The Waller family testing their vocation to community life at Sheldon


The Sheldon Hub is now live

If you're in ministry then the Hub is for you - learn, share, connect.


Building resilience

What do a spiritual director and a computer patch panel have in common?


Taking the long view Tue 06 September 2016

What’s it like to view things from a different angle now and again?


Behind the scenes Sun 14 August 2016

Meet the people working behind the scenes at Sheldon ...


Celebration weekend

It means a lot to us to have the support and prayers of our Friends ...


Why Mary and Martha? Sun 24 July 2016

Find out why Mary, Martha ... and Lazarus ... mean so much to us ...


Social media Sun 17 July 2016

For the very latest Sheldon news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube …


New Alongsider Sun 03 July 2016

Alison is joining the Sheldon team in September. We would welcome your prayers for the preparation ...


Hospitality volunteers Sun 26 June 2016

Our hospitality volunteers are crucial to the care that we are able to give to our guests ...


Let us pray Mon 06 June 2016

Prayer is central to our life as a Community and to everything that we do at Sheldon ...


Sourcing our food Sun 22 May 2016

Find out where the ingredients come from for all those delicious Sheldon meals ...


Open Air Theatre Sun 08 May 2016

For six evenings each summer, the usual peace and tranquillity of Sheldon is set aside. Find out why ...


Sheldon's library Sun 24 April 2016

A comfortable place to browse and relax with an eclectic range of books to enjoy. More ...


Spring Lambs Sun 10 April 2016

At Sheldon we have two flocks of rare breed sheep. Meet this year's new-born lambs ...


Archbishop awards Canterbury Cross for Sheldon Ministry Fri 01 April 2016

Archbishop Justin has awarded the Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England for contributions to the alleviation of clergy stress. More ...


Alleluia! Christ is risen! Sun 27 March 2016

At Easter, we welcome a mix of volunteers and guests on retreat to share in our devotions and celebrations.


Vocational Openings at Sheldon

The Sheldon Community is looking to grow. Might this be you or someone you know? More ...


Caring for our land Sun 21 February 2016

The 45 acres of pasture, woodland and gardens at Sheldon don't look after themselves!


Farmhouse Office Sun 24 January 2016

Ever wondered what goes on behind the door of the Farmhouse Office?


Happy New Year Fri 01 January 2016

May the power of God this year enable us, the nakedness of God disarm us ...


Christmas at Sheldon

Sending love and Christmas greetings from the Sheldon Community to all our friends and supporters ...


The Sheldon team needs ... Tue 10 November 2015

We are currently seeking to recruit a freelance Adobe professional, a lambing assistant and a Reception volunteer. How's that for variety? More ...


An Art Shed Tue 06 October 2015

We're just about to apply for planning permission to build a dedicated Art Shed for guests at Sheldon to use. More ...


Blessing of the Farmhouse Tue 04 August 2015

The Bishop of London joined us for the weekend for Community Rededication, Annual Eucharist and Blessing of the Farmhouse. 


The Sheldon Open Air Theatre Mon 20 July 2015

July sees Sheldon just a little noiser than some other times - concerts in support of Sheldon's ministry. More ...


Clergy Shop Talk Sun 12 July 2015

Sheldon has some rather special House Rules and we've recently taken a fresh look at how to help guests benefit from them


Infrastructure Wed 08 July 2015

Lots of work going on behind the scenes at Sheldon with physical and other infrastructure that underpins the ministry. 


Farmhouse Thatch Tue 19 May 2015

Thatching a house is only done once every 20 - 30 years so we enjoy when it happens.


Doing Healthy Ministry Together Tue 19 May 2015

This page has moved as the project now has a blog of its own. Click here to be redirected


Transitional months Thu 30 April 2015

I came at a time of major transition in my life, and a time of great uncertainty as to my future ... Sheldon has been what I would call a very special holding place.


Blessing of the Community GreenHouse Mon 06 April 2015

A sunny Easter Monday for the blessing of the new Community GreenHouse


Being Good Enough Tue 24 March 2015

Emma Percy leads a retreat in July challenging expectations of perfection in the Christian the life. More ...


June retreat Sun 22 March 2015

A particular attitude to waiting is central to any serious spiritual practice. But what is it that makes enforced waiting so hard to bear?


Lent Lillies Sun 08 March 2015

The Teign Valley is famous for its Lent Lillies and we have some in the Sheldon Copse ...


Digging the Labyrinth Sun 01 March 2015

The beautiful labyrinth is available as a prayer space for guests to walk. We just have to keep filling in the holes the rabbits find it amusing to dig ...


Sacred in the City Sun 22 February 2015

Yes, maybe it is slightly weird to hold a retreat on city life in the heart of the Devon countryside. Find out more ...


Go-Live Day Sun 15 February 2015

All set for the launch of this website on Monday 16th Feb. Let us know if you find any glitches or teething problems. More ...


Rural Ministry Sun 08 February 2015

Delighted to have hosted a weekend for Curates in rural ministry run by the Exeter Diocese. Learning, food, conversation, worship, sunshine ...


News of Growing Community Mon 02 February 2015

It seems the new Community GreenHouse really is "growing Community" as we had hoped and prayed over recent months. More ...


Summer Celebrations Thu 29 January 2015

The Bishop of London will preach and celebrate the Eucharist for our Annual service. Community Rededication the previous evening will be followed by hog roast and music.


The Community GreenHouse Thu 22 January 2015

The new Community GreenHouse is complete and Carl and Sue have moved in. 


Designing the new website Mon 12 January 2015

For the geeks among our supporters here are some of the behind-the-scenes considerations involved in making this new site. For the non-geeks, just enjoy the site!


Radio 4 Today clip Thu 01 January 2015

A piece about Mary and Martha recorded on location at Sheldon and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on 31st December 2014


Spring Cleaning Fri 19 December 2014

It sounds a bit weird to be talking about "Spring" cleaning in December, but that's when the annual task begins. Sheldon's brilliant housekeeping team are hard at work cleaning every nook and cranny of the place.


Internal Communications Tue 16 December 2014

Friends with long memories may know that Sheldon's telephone line was struck by lightning on 4th January 2014. Almost 12 months later we have finally got to the end of the process of finding and repairing all the damage.


Community GreenHouse - nearly done! Mon 15 December 2014

We haven't been very good at keeping everyone informed about progress during this project, but we're very nearly there. Photos to follow soon.