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French link discussions focus on secularisation

French link discussions focus on secularisation

Posted: 21st February, 2017

Visitors from our link with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux in France, have taken part in discussions on secularisation and relations between the Church and the State, on a visit to our diocese. As well as visiting the Cathedral and having time to spend with hosts, the small group  took part and heard from speakers in a conference-style event over three days. Engagement with the forces of secularisation, engagement with other faiths and engagement with State,…

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Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York following General Synod

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York following General Synod

Posted: 20th February, 2017

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to members of the General Synod setting out the next steps following the vote on General Synod not to take note of the paper on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations. The full letter can be viewed here. The full text can be read below:   Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Following the vote in General Synod not to take note of the…

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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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