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‘Easter is the pilot project for the whole of creation’

Posted: 27th March, 2016

IN the middle of all the anxiety of bombings, of politics, of climate change, we are called to be the bearers of hope, said Bishop Robert in his Easter sermon at Exeter Cathedral this morning. “Today the risen Christ gives us hope in the midst of our anxiety. He refuses to allow us to settle for the pervasive withering of life. He disturbs our lethargy, sets us free, and bids us to live,” he said….

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New Mission and Growth Fund available

New Mission and Growth Fund available

Posted: 24th March, 2016

A new fund has been established which will support the local church in addressing the three priorities in the Diocesan Vision as set out by Bishop Robert: growing in Prayer, making new disciples and serving the people of Devon with joy. This Mission and Growth Fund is focussed on local initiatives which meet local needs in one or more of these three areas and helps the church to grow in its depth, strength, mission and…

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Parish Giving Scheme returning £1 million a year to parishes

Posted: 23rd March, 2016

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) was launched across the Diocese of Exeter in March 2015 as a new, tried and tested resource to support planned giving in our parishes. To celebrate its first anniversary and a very successful first year, Katie Stevenson, Mission Resources Adviser, has been on her travels asking clergy and church members how the PGS has helped them. The PGS is currently returning £1 million a year to parishes. All of this…

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Two leading Devon church women to receive Maundy money from the Queen

Two leading Devon church women to receive Maundy money from the Queen

Posted: 17th March, 2016

TWO leading women from the Church of England in Devon have been chosen to receive Maundy Money from the Queen. Shirley-Ann Williams from Ottery St Mary and Anneliese Barrell from Plymouth will receive coins in the ancient ceremony, held at Windsor Castle. Both women served for many years on the Church’s governing body, General Synod. Today’s recipients of Royal Maundy – as many elderly men and women as there are years in the sovereign’s age…

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Synod backs vision for growth

Synod backs vision for growth

Posted: 14th March, 2016

A vision to take forward the Church in Devon over the next decade has been approved by diocesan synod. The three priorities set out by Bishop Robert are to ‘pray, grow and serve with joy’. The short vision statement can be found here, along with a strategy for mission communities and how they will be resourced. In his address to synod, Bishop Robert said the vision statement was a “marker on our shared journey”. He also…

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Solomon Sisters visit our diocese

Solomon Sisters visit our diocese

Posted: 8th March, 2016

Two Sisters from The Community of the Sisters of the Church in The Solomon Islands spent a week visiting our diocese as part of a six month visit to the UK. The Diocese of Exeter has a thriving link with Melanesia, supporting the work of The Melanesian Mission, a Christian mission agency which supports the work of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. The charity is based in Feniton, East Devon, the home of the first…

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