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A thousand hearts given away on Valentine’s Day!

A thousand hearts given away on Valentine’s Day!

Posted: 16th February, 2017

Suzanne Dugmore came up with the idea of using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to reach out to strangers with her own “Take Heart” project. When Suzanna gave Kirsty Hammond a handmade salt dough heart with a bible message attached to it Kirsty decided to get her whole church involved at All Saints Sidmouth. People from the church volunteered and made hundreds of hearts in workshops led by Suzanne, out of salt dough, felt and fabric and…

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Candlelit supper at Candlemas

Candlelit supper at Candlemas

Posted: 13th February, 2017

Nearly 50 people gathered in St Margaret’s Church in Topsham for a Candlemas Supper as part of a weekend of Candlemas celebrations, that included a visit by Bishop Sarah. A two-course meal was served and people took part in quizzes and games. On Sunday morning the Family Worship focussed on young and old, darkness and light, and remembering our baptisms. Organiser Tony Raven said: “Families who had baptisms during 2016 were invited to the service…

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Rededication of Patteson’s Cross

Rededication of Patteson’s Cross

Posted: 13th February, 2017

On Thursday 9th February, a prominent East Devon landmark was rededicated by two Anglican Bishops who travelled over 10,000 miles to pay their respects. Patteson’s Cross, (between Feniton and Ottery St Mary), was commissioned to remember John Coleridge Patteson from East Devon, who was a missionary, the first Bishop of Melanesia and martyred in the Solomon Islands in 1871. Late in 2015, following local concerns about the monument’s state of neglect, the Ottery St Mary…

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Bishop Nick attends workshop with eight primary schools

Bishop Nick attends workshop with eight primary schools

Posted: 10th February, 2017

Bishop Nick attended a ‘give thanks’ workshop in Chudleigh Church with eight different primary schools from around the Moreton Deanery as part of his three day visit to the Moorland Area. The primary schools taking part in the workshop included; Chudleigh, Ashburton, Blackpool, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh Knighton, Ilsington, Moretonhampstead, and Widecombe primary. The theme for the day was to give thanks through numerous workshops in art, music, dance and drama activities. At the end of the day…

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Debates on science and faith at Exeter Cathedral this Lent

Debates on science and faith at Exeter Cathedral this Lent

Posted: 10th February, 2017

  Exeter will host a series of talks and debates on science and faith next month, thanks to a grant from the Scientists in Congregations scheme. “On Common Ground” brings together contributors including Rt Rev Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton and a former Chief Nursing Officer for England, scientists from the University of Exeter and the Chief Executive of the Met Office, Rob Varley. The work is being led by Canon Anna Norman-Walker (Exeter…

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Ellacombe Church handed over to the school in a special service

Ellacombe Church handed over to the school in a special service

Posted: 9th February, 2017

THE next step has been taken in the life of Christ Church, Ellacombe, as the church building was handed over to become part of Ellacombe Church of England Academy School. A special service was led by the Bishop of Plymouth, Bishop Nick McKinnel and the Archdeacon of Totnes, Douglas Dettmer to transfer the church building to the school, which has returned to its roots and become once again a Church school. The church building will…

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