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Rural Forum launches new website

Rural Forum launches new website

Posted: 2nd May, 2017

The Devon Churches Rural Forum has been set up to support the work of the rural church in Devon. It is an ecumenical body, chaired by the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, Mark Butchers, and meets three times a year. It brings people together from churches and wider community, including farmers, ministers, academics, community support groups and some public sector agencies. Although it is at the early stages of development, it is aiming to get groups working and…

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New Diocesan Secretary to head up staff team

New Diocesan Secretary to head up staff team

Posted: 27th April, 2017

Stephen Hancock has been appointed as the new diocesan secretary to lead the staff team at the Diocese of Exeter. Stephen is currently Area Commercial Director for HSBC Bank, covering Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.  The son of a priest – his father Paul is a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral – Stephen is a committed Anglican and is passionate about growing the church. Married to Sandra, he has two children and lives in Ivybridge. Stephen…

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Event focusses on modern slavery

Event focusses on modern slavery

Posted: 25th April, 2017

Around 30 people gathered in St James’ Church to find out more about modern slavery and human trafficking which is the fastest growing global crime. It affects an estimated 50 million people across the world, with people exploiting others for financial gain. Following a presentation from the Devon and Cornwall co-ordinator for Stop the Traffik, Robert Alexander, there was a lively question and answer session. Topics ranged from the abuse of children and others working…

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Prayer for forthcoming Election

Prayer for forthcoming Election

Posted: 24th April, 2017

Christians are being urged to pray for the recently announced General Election on 8 June. The industrial christian fellowship offers this prayer: God of every time and season, Whose reign and rule extends beyond any earthly realm; In the midst of the uncertainty, The debate and expectancy of a forthcoming General Election, Help us to centre ourselves afresh on you… See the full prayer and other resources here. A range of resources and links to…

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Tavistock’s first Passion Play

Tavistock’s first Passion Play

Posted: 24th April, 2017

On Good Friday around 2000 people gathered in Tavistock town centre to watch the first Tavistock Passion play. Billey Allen, a gap year student from Mount Kelly College, played Jesus and led a cast of over 100 actors and musicians. Following a service of blessing in St Eustachius’ Church, the audience followed the open air scenes as they progressed from Bedford Square to the town’s historic Guildhall then to the Churchyard. The action was accompanied…

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Bishop Robert encourages everyone to ‘get going’ in his Easter sermon

Bishop Robert encourages everyone to ‘get going’ in his Easter sermon

Posted: 18th April, 2017

In his Easter Sunday sermon Bishop Robert encouraged everyone to ‘get going’ and not waste their lives. He illustrated his talk using the Italian fresco The Resurrection of Christ painted by Piero della Francesca. He said: “Piero’s Christ summons us to life. He looks at us and says, ‘Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get up. You have a life to live and I am here to empower you to live it to the full. There is no time…

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