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Keeping Devon’s churchyards buzzing!

Keeping Devon’s churchyards buzzing!

Posted: 20th September, 2018

As part of the Devon Living Churchyard’s project, Exeter Eco Diocese is running a series of workshops on developing these pockets of church land as a key part of our ministry. Last week at Buckfast, Clare Densley from the Buckfast Abbey Beekeeping Department, talked about the huge benefit of encouraging bees in churchyards – including the siting of hives in appropriately hidden areas. Bees are such amazing creatures and play such an important role in…

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Chairs for the House of Clergy and Laity

Chairs for the House of Clergy and Laity

Posted: 19th September, 2018

The process for the election of the Chairs of the Houses of Diocesan Synod has been completed and we are pleased to announce that Mrs Annie Jefferies of Tavistock Deanery has been elected as the Chair of the House of Laity.  Annie has been a member of Diocesan Synod and the Bishop’s Diocesan Council for some years and said, “I am delighted to represent and Chair the House of Laity of Exeter Diocese in this…

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Domestic abuse seminar attended by over 70 people

Domestic abuse seminar attended by over 70 people

Posted: 19th September, 2018

Over 70 people from across the Diocese of Exeter attended the ‘In Churches Too: Church Responses to Domestic Abuse’ seminar held in Crediton on Friday 7 September, hosted by Kathy Roberts, Dean of Women’s Ministry, and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. #inchurchestoo The keynote speaker, Dr Rebecca Barnes from the University of Leicester, presented the key findings from her In Churches Too report, a ground-breaking study commissioned by Christian charity Restored to examine awareness, attitudes and…

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10 new clergy to be ordained in Exeter Cathedral

10 new clergy to be ordained in Exeter Cathedral

Posted: 6th September, 2018

TEN people are to be ordained as deacons in Exeter Cathedral this month. The new deacons will serve in parishes across Devon. Later in the month, last year’s deacons will be ordained as priests in services held in Exeter and Plymouth. Please pray for those to be ordained by Bishop Robert in Exeter Cathedral on 15 September and the communities they will serve. All stipendiary unless otherwise stated: Timothy Paul Collins Benefice of Dawlish, Cofton…

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New Church of England School Opens in Okehampton

New Church of England School Opens in Okehampton

Posted: 5th September, 2018

Okehampton’s new primary school has welcomed its first reception pupils just nine months after getting the green light from the Department for Education. Established to cater for the increasing demand for pupil places, St James Church of England Primary and Nursery School will offer a distinctive Christian ethos and a focus on outdoor learning and education. The school opened its doors on Tuesday 4th September.  The founding class of twelve pupils marked the occasion with…

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All Saints Church Okehampton has created a quiet space for prayer and reflection

All Saints Church Okehampton has created a quiet space for prayer and reflection

Posted: 30th August, 2018

All Saints Church in Okehampton has created a seated sanctuary round the stump of a recently felled Cedar tree in one of its churchyards. A crown, with a prayer engraved onto it, has been placed on top of the stump and four contoured benches have been added. The project came about following the Devon Living Churchyards Conference at Buckfast Abbey last year and a visit from David Curry, the diocese’s Voluntary Environment Advisor. David Back,…

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