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Simon Friend elected to General Synod following casual lay election

Simon Friend elected to General Synod following casual lay election

Posted: 20th June, 2018

Mr Simon Friend has been elected to General Synod after the casual lay election. Simon said: “I think that my dear parents who were good Brethren stock would be mildly amused that I have been elected a member of the General Synod of the Church of England!  It is both humbling and a privilege – especially at this time of great change all around us.  Although I have been part of the Anglican church for…

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Melanesian Brothers visit Devon

Melanesian Brothers visit Devon

Posted: 20th June, 2018

This week two Melanesian Brothers are visiting our Diocese. There is a long association with the people of Melanesia, stretching back to their first bishop – John Coleridge Patteson, who came from Feniton and was curate at Alfington, in East Devon. Head Brother Nelson and Section Elder Brother Michael are visiting schools, supporters and friends. They will be leading assemblies, running a quiet day and Brother Nelson will be preaching at Choral Eucharist in the…

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Richard Frost awarded MBE for services to mental health

Richard Frost awarded MBE for services to mental health

Posted: 12th June, 2018

Richard Frost has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to mental health in his work for the NHS in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Richard is a Reader on the Totnes Team where his wife, Jane is a Curate. Richard leads a team that provides support for people whose mental health affects their ability to stay in work. He also leads the UK-wide Mindful Employer scheme, which…

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Announcements June 2018

Announcements June 2018

Posted: 7th June, 2018

Appointments The Revd Patrick Parkes has been appointed Rural Dean of Newton Abbot & Ipplepen Deanery and was commissioned on 30th April. The Revd Martin Jacques has been appointed to be Vicar of the Raleigh Mission Community and will be instituted at a service in St Peter’s, Budleigh Salterton on the 13th June at 7pm. The Revd Ben Lillie has been appointed to be Vicar of Holy Trinity, Barnstaple & Goodleigh United Church and will…

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Bishop appeals for Dementia Friends sessions in rural areas

Bishop appeals for Dementia Friends sessions in rural areas

Posted: 30th May, 2018

During this Dementia Action Week and following the launch of a Dementia Friendly Rural Communities Guide, the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev Nick McKinnel is calling for more Dementia Friends awareness sessions to help communities support those affected. “For people living in Devon’s rural communities, there’s a double impact of living with dementia and rural isolation, where specific services aren’t as accessible. While there’s often a strong sense of community, there’s also a tradition of self-reliance…

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Church tent hospitality at Devon Show

Church tent hospitality at Devon Show

Posted: 17th May, 2018

Free tea, coffee and cakes, live music, a children’s play zone, bouncy castle, information stands and prayer area, are just some of the things on offer by churches at this year’s Devon County Show, running today until Saturday.   The Show is an agricultural show held annually in the third week of May at the Westpoint Arena and Showground in Clyst St Mary near Exeter. It is one of a number of county shows in the…

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