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Church escape rooms and Champing: Devons two new Archdeacons’ track-record in using technology for mission

Church escape rooms and Champing: Devons two new Archdeacons’ track-record in using technology for mission

Posted: 15th April, 2019

After a rigorous selection process, two talented priests with a track record in using technology, glamping and even escape rooms as a tool for mission have been appointed to key roles in the Church of England in Devon. The Reverend Prebendary Nick Shutt has been appointed as the Archdeacon of Plymouth. He has already been acting-up in the role for over a year. His ministry will be inaugurated at a special service at St Andrew’s,…

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Four key aims for Pray, Grow, Serve vision in 2019

Four key aims for Pray, Grow, Serve vision in 2019

Posted: 5th April, 2019

The Bishop of Exeter has taken a tour of his garden to illustrate the Diocese of Exeter’s four key aims for 2019. In a video shown at the latest Diocesan Synod, Bishop Robert outlined plans to help churches reach out to: children and families, young people aged 17 to 25, people over 55 and those on the fringes of church. The four aims build on the diocese vision to: Grow in prayer, Make new disciples…

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Devon churches building bridges over Brexit

Devon churches building bridges over Brexit

Posted: 29th March, 2019

A number of Devon churches are engaging with the ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit process by organising prayer vigils and time for reflection and discussion. Nationally the Church of England is encouraging churches to hold Tea and Brexit events, where people are invited to get together to chat over a cup of tea and to pray for the UK. St Davids Church in Exeter held a 12 hour prayer vigil from 8am to 8pm on…

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Making science and sacraments “exciting” again

Making science and sacraments “exciting” again

Posted: 29th March, 2019

Two churches in Devon have been chosen to receive a share of a £70,000 grant awarded by the Scientists in Congregations scheme. Its aim is to improve understanding of science and faith. The ‘Our Fragile Earth’ project organised by Sidmouth’s Anglican churches includes lectures and discussion groups associated with the Sidmouth Science Festival. The Festival’s theme for 2019 is ‘Science in our Lives’ and takes place from Friday 4 October to Sunday 13 October. The…

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New Church and Society Officer committed to enabling action on social justice and the environment

New Church and Society Officer committed to enabling action on social justice and the environment

Posted: 21st March, 2019

The Diocese of Exeter’s new Church and Society Officer, Chris Keppie, says he wants to improve engagement  around important issues facing the church and wider society. These include poverty, health and climate change. Chris has extensive experience working with local government, housing associations and charities in the field of social housing and homelessness in both inner city and rural settings, as well as voluntary work on environmental issues. Chris, who has a degree in Theology,…

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Bishop Robert stands in solidarity with Muslim community following New Zealand mosque shootings

Bishop Robert stands in solidarity with Muslim community following New Zealand mosque shootings

Posted: 15th March, 2019

In a gesture of solidarity and condolence following the fatal attacks on Muslims in New Zealand, the Bishop of Exeter, Rt Rev Robert Atwell visited Exeter Mosque ahead of the weekly Friday prayers. He and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw met Imam Ahmed Kowsar, who leads the mosque. The Bishop said: “We are shocked and saddened at this devastating and horrendous attack on so many Muslims in New Zealand in their places of worship, which should…

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