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Bishop Robert met with farmers, care home residents and pupils during three day visit to east Devon

Bishop Robert met with farmers, care home residents and pupils during three day visit to east Devon

Posted: 1st March, 2017

Bishop Robert has spent three days in and around Axminster and Honiton meeting young farmers, library staff and users, care home residents and pupils, listening to people’s views and sharing his vision for the Church. His stay is part of nine months the three Anglican bishops in Devon are spending going around the county, listening to people’s views, and sharing their vision for the Church of England. The new vision and its priorities to pray,…

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Bishop Robert Thy Kingdom Come

Posted: 1st March, 2017

Between Ascension Day and Pentecost, the whole Church will be praying for Thy Kingdom Come, a prayer campaign led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Watch the video by Bishop Robert to see how what we are doing in this diocese to grow in prayer, and how we can come together during these nine days to pray that more people may experience God’s love. Templates for the prayer boxes shown in the video will be available…

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Statement from bishops following take note debate

Statement from bishops following take note debate

Posted: 27th February, 2017

Many of you will have seen coverage of the recent meeting of the General Synod and the House of Bishops’ paper Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations. The report proposed that the Church of England should not change its doctrine of Christian marriage, but called for a ‘change of tone’. It proposed that canon law should be interpreted in a way that provides ‘maximum freedom’ for LGBTI+ people and that a new…

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Vicar to sleep rough for six weeks to raise awareness of homelessness

Vicar to sleep rough for six weeks to raise awareness of homelessness

Posted: 22nd February, 2017

Paignton vicar Rev Gary Deighton  has pledged to sleep rough for the six weeks of Lent (1 March to 16 April 2017) to raise awareness of homelessness. Gary had been Governor of Exeter Prison and Pentonville Prison before being ordained. He said: “This is also about me experiencing what it must be like to be on the margins.  It’s interesting that I spent 25 years in prison with people on the margins – and now those…

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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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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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