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Palm crosses from Cyprus and the Gulf distributed across Devon

Palm crosses from Cyprus and the Gulf distributed across Devon

Posted: 10th April, 2017

Bishop Robert traveled to Exmouth to help a team of volunteers count and distribute palm crosses that were then sent out across Devon. The palm leaves are gathered and collected together from across Cyprus and the Gulf by volunteers. They are crafted into palm crosses in time for their Synod in February, before being sent over to Exmouth. Mark Perry who oversees the distribution of the palm crosses throughout Devon said: “We take orders from…

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Church bells restored after 100 years

Church bells restored after 100 years

Posted: 4th April, 2017

The parish church of St Michael the Archangel in Chagford have been raising money since September 2015 to have their historic church bells refurbished and re-hung. The bells were last recast in 1914. The money raised to restore the bells was aided by grants from Brownsword Charitable Trust, Chagford Parish Council, Chagford Show, the Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund, Devon County Council, Locality Budget Fund, Friends of St Michael’s and the Lottery Heritage Fund. Generous…

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Churches unite to care for creation

Churches unite to care for creation

Posted: 4th April, 2017

A new initiative has been launched in Plymouth to inspire churches to care for God’s creation. ‘Plymouth Churches Green Action’ will act to encourage and resource local congregations across all churches in the city. The project will cover five key areas; worship and teaching, managing church buildings, managing the land, lifestyle, community and global engagement. Martyn Goss Director of Church and Society said: “There is an urgent need to wake up to the fact that…

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Update on the drought affecting Thika

Update on the drought affecting Thika

Posted: 3rd April, 2017

The Bishop of Thika, the Rt. Revd. Julius Wanyoike,  has sent an update to us on the drought situation in the lower parts of our link Diocese. These are: Gatuanyaga, Thungururu, Ithanga, Mithi-ini and Kirimiri parishes, which are in the semi-arid and arid areas. Bishop Julius said: “The amount of rainfall received in these areas was not enough to yield enough food for domestic consumption for more than 95 percent of the population. This is especially…

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Bishops enjoy final visits

Bishops enjoy final visits

Posted: 3rd April, 2017

Bishop Nick spent three days around Okehampton over the weekend and Bishop Sarah was in the Shirwell area listening to people’s concerns and needs to see how the Church can respond. Their visits marked the end of nine months when the three Anglican bishops in Devon have been travelling around the county, listening to people’s views, and sharing their vision for the Church of England. Bishop Robert will be visiting Torbay on the last visit…

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St Helen’s Church on Lundy awarded National Lottery grant

St Helen’s Church on Lundy awarded National Lottery grant

Posted: 24th March, 2017

St Helen’s Church on Lundy has received a grant of £999,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the St. Helen’s Centre Appeal to repair and refurbish the Church for present and future generations. The planned restoration work will enable St Helen’s to become a centre for Lundy that will act as a refuge during periods of bad weather, it will also become a much needed base for study by educational groups to gain a…

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