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Cutting Exeter’s Food Waste

Cutting Exeter’s Food Waste

Posted: 13th November, 2017

Exeter Food Action (EFA) is a local charity which rescues surplus, in-date food and redistributes it to vulnerable people through charities and community organisations in Exeter. Based in Blackboy Road, it takes over 2 tonnes of produce each month from retailers, farms and food companies. It not only decreases food waste but also addresses food poverty, which is affecting so many people in Devon at this time. Since its inception, Exeter Food Action has benefitted…

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Tipton St John church primary ‘outstanding’ in church school inspection

Tipton St John church primary ‘outstanding’ in church school inspection

Posted: 9th November, 2017

Tipton St John CofE primary have retained their ‘outstanding’ status in their recent Church School Inspection (SIAMS – National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). Tipton St John is a smaller than average sized primary school with 98 children on roll. The school federated in September 2013 with another voluntary aided church primary school and they share one governing body. The school was rated as outstanding in their distinctiveness and effectiveness as a…

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Church hears of mental health challenges facing young people

Church hears of mental health challenges facing young people

Posted: 8th November, 2017

Some of the mental health challenges facing young people were discussed at a conference in Exeter. Over 130 people attended the conference organised by YCWSW (Youth & Children’s Work South West), an ecumenical group of people which promotes church activity with young people in the region. The day explored the pressures affecting mental health in children and young people and how Christian ministry can better understand and respond to these issues. Psychologist Kate Middleton highlighted…

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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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