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Why Living in Love and Faith Matters to Me: A Churchwarden’s Point of View

Why Living in Love and Faith Matters to Me: A Churchwarden’s Point of View

Posted: 18th October, 2021

Gillian Parker is the former Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police. She lives on Dartmoor and is churchwarden of St Mary’s church in Holne. Here she shares her thoughts about the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith process and why it is important for churches and individuals to engage with it: “There is an elephant in the Church of England room.  In fact, there is more than one elephant, but the elephant that is…

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Celebrating Devon’s Best Churchyards as Places of Spirituality, Wildlife and Wonder

Celebrating Devon’s Best Churchyards as Places of Spirituality, Wildlife and Wonder

Posted: 15th October, 2021

A Devon churchyard which has been transformed by a group of volunteers into a wildlife haven with trails for children and seating areas for quiet reflection has won this year’s Devon’s Best Churchyard award. The award was given to St Andrew’s, Ashburton, by the Devon Campaign to Protect Rural England (Devon CPRE). St Peter’s Burial Ground in Budleigh Salterton (East Devon) was runner-up. Three churchyards were Highly Commended: St Swithuns in Shobrooke (Mid Devon), St…

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Time to “Listen Well… Be Creative and Courageous”: New General Synod Members Elected to Represent Devon

Time to “Listen Well… Be Creative and Courageous”: New General Synod Members Elected to Represent Devon

Posted: 14th October, 2021

A new team of people has been elected to represent Devon on the General Synod of the Church of England. The new lay members are: Luke Appleton, Simon Friend, Tim Hamilton and Georgia Willis. The new clergy members are: Rev’d Prebendary Rosie Austin, Canon Morwenna Ludlow, the Venerable Douglas Dettmer (Archdeacon of Totnes), Rev’d Karl Freeman and Rev’d Graham Hamilton. They were elected by deanery synod members from across the Diocese of Exeter. Commenting on…

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Final Funding Push for YMCA Exeter’s Affordable Housing for Young People Using Church Land

Final Funding Push for YMCA Exeter’s Affordable Housing for Young People Using Church Land

Posted: 13th October, 2021

An ambitious £2.7 million project to turn an abandoned warehouse into 26 studio flats for young people has passed its halfway point but still needs to raise a final £225,000. Sidwell Studios is being built by YMCA Exeter to help tackle the serious lack of affordable housing in the city. Part of the land is owned by the Church of England and the main entrance for the accommodation will be through St Sidwell’s churchyard. Thanks…

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Church Poetry and Creative Writing Group “Creates Space for People to Be Creative”

Church Poetry and Creative Writing Group “Creates Space for People to Be Creative”

Posted: 12th October, 2021

A poetry and creative writing group which was started by an Exeter church to “create space for people to be creative” has published its first anthology. The Watchful Heart is a collection of poems and prose written by members of the Inner Room group. The poems range in subject from making marmalade to meteor showers and wasp stings. It is based at St Stephen’s Church in the parish of Central Exeter, although it has been meeting…

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Devon Church Weddings Project Aims to Encourage More Couples to Marry in Church

Devon Church Weddings Project Aims to Encourage More Couples to Marry in Church

Posted: 12th October, 2021

A Church of England project to encourage more couples to choose a church wedding has been launched by the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, at the Wedding Extravaganza show in Exeter. Devon Church Weddings will showcase the county’s 600 Anglican churches, many of which are Grade 1 listed and in beautiful coastal or rural locations. It will also work with churches to ensure that prospective wedding couples receive a warm welcome and…

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