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Churches re-connecting with communities in Devon through memory cafes and messy church

Churches re-connecting with communities in Devon through memory cafes and messy church

Posted: 19th October, 2017

THE latest figures showing the number of worshippers in Devon churches reveal a modest growth, demonstrating that churches are working hard to connect with people in their communities. Though nationally the number of people who regularly attend church services continues to decline, in Devon attendance figures grew by 200 people, to 25,700 regularly attending church in 2016. Bishop Sarah, the Bishop of Crediton, said: “The church continues to be at the heart of many communities…

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Revitalised theological training for South West unveiled

Revitalised theological training for South West unveiled

Posted: 18th October, 2017

The Dioceses of Exeter and Truro have unveiled new plans to revitalize theological training in the South West. The new plans include the reshaping of the South West Ministry Training Course to ensure it is more closely integrated with the two dioceses, and the opening of St Mellitus SW. SWMTC, which caters for non residential and part time ordinands, is to be led from this autumn by the directors of mission for the two dioceses,…

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Staying the same is not an option, Devon parishes told

Staying the same is not an option, Devon parishes told

Posted: 7th October, 2017

We have to change to meet the needs of the 21st century, Bishop Robert has told the Diocese of Exeter’s governing body, its diocesan synod. Quoting Cardinal Newman, he said: “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” He said the Church must use its reducing resources wisely to serve the whole of the county, spending less time on the Church’s internal affairs and more time re-connecting with the…

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Archdeacon of Plymouth’s October letter to the diocese 2017

Posted: 29th September, 2017

The Ven Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth, records his October letter to the diocese. The text of his letter is printed in the October issue of the Church of England Devon magazine.

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Kingswear welcomes relatives of those who served with the 23rd MTB

Kingswear welcomes relatives of those who served with the 23rd MTB

Posted: 27th September, 2017

The parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Kingswear, welcomed about 40 relatives of those who served with the 23rd MTB from France earlier this month. The group were members of the ‘Fondation de la France Libre’ who had come to commemorate one of the little known episodes of WW2; the establishment by General de Gaulle, and headed by his son Philippe, of the 23rd MTB Flotilla of the Force Navale Française Libre in Kingswear. The force…

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Churchyard consecrated by Bishop of Plymouth

Churchyard consecrated by Bishop of Plymouth

Posted: 25th September, 2017

The Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth consecrated a recently acquired piece of land as part of the churchyard at St Michael & All Angel’s Princetown on 25 September 2017. The land was acquired from the Duchy of Cornwall following enquires made by Revd Preb Nick Shutt, Rector of West Dartmoor Mission Community. “We found that a triangle of land which is covered with trees and shrubs did not belong to the churchyard but…

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