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Church of England chooses Plymouth for major investment to revitalise church communities

Church of England chooses Plymouth for major investment to revitalise church communities

Posted: 12th July, 2018

THE Church of England has announced a major project planned to create new, vibrant church communities in three Plymouth estates. The Church Commissioners have agreed to a funding bid by the Diocese of Exeter and has agreed to contribute 75% of the total £2.24 million. The money will come over a five-year period and will mainly be used to fund the people who will be working in the local communities. The diocese will co-ordinate the…

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Next Bishop of Crediton announced today

Next Bishop of Crediton announced today

Posted: 11th July, 2018

THE next Bishop of Crediton will be the Venerable Jackie Searle, currently Archdeacon of Gloucester, 10 Downing Street has announced today. Archdeacon Jackie said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Bishop of Crediton and am excited to be joining the Church of England in Devon. I am very drawn to the Diocesan vision to deepen our prayer, make disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy. I look forward hugely to joining in,…

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Churches encouraged to apply for Coastal Revival Fund

Churches encouraged to apply for Coastal Revival Fund

Posted: 28th June, 2018

The Coastal Revival Fund is a government-sponsored fund that will award £1 million pounds to secure a new future for iconic coastal buildings and assets. Each application can bid for up to £50,000 to help fund either small capital works or feasibility studies that help identify a new role for these structures. Churches are eligible to apply and have been successful in previous rounds. The fund is seeking applications in advance of its 5 July…

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Display on Living Churchyards available for parishes

Display on Living Churchyards available for parishes

Posted: 25th June, 2018

As part of its Exeter Eco Diocese work our Church & Society team has produced a standing display on Living Churchyards which is available to parishes and Mission Communities. In partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust, we are encouraging our churchyards to recognise their importance as heritage sites and wildlife havens. As the urban landscape expands with new housing and other developments, land around churches can help maintain habitats and species. To request the display, please email ….

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Making a splash for Jesus!

Making a splash for Jesus!

Posted: 21st June, 2018

Nine people from the Yealm and Erme Mission Community were baptised in the River Yealm in Newton Creek, Newton Ferrers on Saturday 9 June, supported by 200 people. The service was conducted by Revd Anne Legge, assisted by Curate, Revd Joe Lannon. Anne said: “There was a joyful party in Holy Cross Church afterwards. It was a wonderful event, right at the heart of the community, with the service held outside the River Yealm Yacht Club,…

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Rev Colin Hodgetts awarded MBE for services to refugees

Rev Colin Hodgetts awarded MBE for services to refugees

Posted: 21st June, 2018

The Rev Colin Hodgetts has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to refugees through his work with the charity Refugee Action in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Colin is the vicar for the Abbotsham Benefice in the Harland Deanery in North Devon. Colin set up the charity in 1981 having created 14 reception centres for Vietnamese refugees across the UK and was a trustee for the charity…

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