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Some churches in Devon have held their first services in their buildings since March following a change in the Government’s coronavirus guidance. At St Mary’s Church in Bickington, near Newton Abbot, people started arriving for the 9am Communion service half an hour before it started. Parishioner Michael Eveley said “We were ready for this,” and said it was a shame it would not be possible to sing hymns. Inside the historic church other changes included…Read More »
A church in Exeter has found a simple way to help people remember others and process some of the loss they might be feeling in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. St Thomas Church is encouraging people to tie a “ribbon of remembrance” on railings outside the church, which is on a main street in the centre of St Thomas. So far around 60 ribbons have been tied, some with messages or prayers written on…Read More »
Churches in Devon are holding their first weddings and public services in their buildings since March, following a change in the government’s coronavirus guidance. From 4 July, weddings with up to 30 people present will be permitted. The Reverend Sue Astbury is conducting a wedding at St Nicholas Church in Shaldon on Saturday. “The signing of the register will go ahead but with extra precautions, for example hand sanitizer will be used on the pen…Read More »
Church leaders in Devon have welcomed the news that services, including weddings, will be able to take place in church buildings from 4 July. But they have also said it would be wrong to “close the virtual door” to the growing number of people who have been attending online church services during lockdown by ceasing to produce them. The Government announced the changes to the rules for places of worship along with new guidance about…Read More »
A pilot project in Plymouth aims to unify communities from different cultural backgrounds by sharing recipes, sport and life experiences. Food hampers and sports sets have been delivered across the city as part of the Unifying Plymouth initiative. Nigerian meal kits have been given to 25, mainly white, British families. They contain all the ingredients needed to make Dafa Duka (Nigerian Fried Rice), a recipe card and a magazine about Nigeria’s national sport, football. “If…Read More »
The Bishop of Crediton is leading an online service on Sunday 5 July to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. The Service of Thanksgiving was filmed in the chaplaincy of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. It features contributions from NHS staff, including an Emergency Care Assistant from South Western Ambulance Service. There are reflections from former medics who worked in the NHS from its earliest days, including Henry Gossman, a former neurosurgeon who…Read More »
The Reverend James Grier is a happy man. The Diocese of Exeter’s Mission Enabler had been worried that running a continuous 10-day, 24 hours a day prayer room on Zoom would be hard to get people to sign up to and he would end up doing the lonely overnight slots on his own. But in the end, the prayer room, which was part of the international Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative, exceeded expectations. Over 500…Read More »