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Reflect & Refresh Quiet Day

Reflect & Refresh Quiet Day

Posted: 2nd November, 2017

Church officials were invited to take part in a quiet day at the Old Deanery  to contemplate their sense of vocation in light of God’s awesome generosity. The day itself consisted of Bible study, fellowship and the celebration of Holy Eucharist in Exeter Cathedral.  It was an opportunity to thank treasurers, wardens and secretaries for devoting time and commitment in their voluntary roles. Delegates received a free copy of ‘Beyond the Collection Plate’ by guest…

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Bishop Nick visits Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy

Bishop Nick visits Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy

Posted: 2nd November, 2017

Bishop Nick has met staff and volunteers for the Devon-based Christian charity, Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy (PICC), which supports local prisoners on their release. He also spoke to Probation Service professionals and paid a short visit to ‘the Moor’ to meet chaplains and the prison governor. By working with prison chaplains on the inside, PICC enables prisoners to return to the community through mentoring and counselling. The charity works with former offenders from Channings Wood, Dartmoor and…

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Readers licensed at Cathedral service

Readers licensed at Cathedral service

Posted: 2nd November, 2017

Bishop Robert attended the annual day and licensing service at Exeter Cathedral. Nineteen Readers were newly licensed, including those completing the third year of training, those who have transferred into the diocese and within the diocese, and some who are returning to ministry. The preacher was the Venerable Dr Bill Schwartz, OBE, Archdeacon in the Gulf from our Companion diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Exeter and the Diocesan Warden of Readers, said:…

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Bishop Robert rededicates St Nicholas Church bells

Bishop Robert rededicates St Nicholas Church bells

Posted: 1st November, 2017

The new bells of St Nicholas church in Combe Raleigh were rededicated by Bishop Robert in a special service last Sunday (29 October). The local community raised £110,000 to purchase the bells. The church previously had three bells in poor condition that had hardly been rung for fifty years. Following advice, the church set about devising a scheme for six bells and raising the necessary funds which has taken six years. Trevor Hitchcock one of…

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Green Champion Award goes to Martyn Goss

Green Champion Award goes to Martyn Goss

Posted: 25th October, 2017

Congratulations go to Martyn Goss our very own Director of Church and Society for sharing the Church Times Green Champion Award which was announced at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace last week. The ecumenical awards attracted 117 entries in five categories. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “Responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation. Meanwhile, to love our neighbour — particularly, in this case, our neighbour…

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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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