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Diocese represented at Cyprus and the Gulf Synod

Diocese represented at Cyprus and the Gulf Synod

Posted: 28th February, 2018

Christopher Futcher and Sue Parks represented the Diocese of Exeter at the annual synod of our companion link diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. The Synod brings together clergy and lay participants from the chaplaincies which are spread across a huge geographical area of the Middle East. Synod business is conducted and there is also a pattern of worship which includes daily services, a Quiet Morning at an Orthodox monastery, spiritual addresses and the Chrism…

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Celebrating 60 years as a churchwarden

Celebrating 60 years as a churchwarden

Posted: 26th February, 2018

On Sunday 11 February in the small parish of Abbot’s Bickington, local man Charles Bellew’s celebrated 60 years as churchwarden. Charles received a letter of thanks from Bishop Robert and the parish gave Charles and his wife Elizabeth a garden swing as a thank you. Bishop Robert said: “Thank you for your leadership in the parish and all you have done in service to God’s church over many decades. I know that in this you have…

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Hot Cross Bun cards for Easter

Hot Cross Bun cards for Easter

Posted: 20th February, 2018

The Hot Cross Bun cards, used by many parishes and schools in our diocese, are back by popular demand and have undergone a small redesign. They are great to use as hand outs with a delicious hot cross bun at Easter events or at end of term school assemblies. The card, available from 12 March, is free-of-charge to parishes and schools when collected directly from the diocesan office at The Old Deanery in Exeter. They will…

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Church at the heart of the community

Church at the heart of the community

Posted: 20th February, 2018

A vision for the Church to be at the heart of the emerging market town of Sherford, on the edge of Plymouth, has led to the licensing of Tom Brassil as the first priest there. The 20 year long project, is two years in, with 300 houses built so far and 100 of those occupied. The final number of homes is due to be over 5,000. A Bishop’s Mission Order (BMO) means that Sherford will…

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Vacancy in the See of Crediton

Vacancy in the See of Crediton

Posted: 20th February, 2018

Following the translation of Bishop Sarah to be Bishop of London, the See of Crediton will fall vacant on 8 March 2018. Anyone wishing to comment on the role or to propose candidates should write to the Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Robert Atwell, by 25 February at The Bishop’s Office, The Palace Gatehouse, Palace Gate, Exeter EX1 1HS.   You can download the  details which have been submitted to the Diocese Commission about the…

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Going Green for Lent

Going Green for Lent

Posted: 14th February, 2018

As Lent begins, Green Champion and diocesan environment officer, Martyn Goss is encouraging us to live carefully, kindly and counter-culturally – especially with regard to the world around us. In doing this we can enhance our spiritual awareness and deepen our relationship with God. The Diocese of Exeter is working towards becoming an Eco-diocese and is committed to the national Church of England’s Environment campaign (formerly ‘Shrinking the Footprint’) for a low carbon future, including support for Fairtrade and using…

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