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Devon churches’ antenatal courses are blooming

Devon churches’ antenatal courses are blooming

Posted: 19th October, 2020

While 2020 will go down in history as the year when everything from exams to festivals had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a parenting course being run at churches in Devon has been going from strength to strength. Begin Well is an antenatal course with a Christian ethos. It was developed by a health visitor and consultant obstetrician with nearly 40 years experience in the NHS between them. It was first piloted…

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New Curate’s Marathon Effort

New Curate’s Marathon Effort

Posted: 9th October, 2020

Matt Gorton was only ordained as a priest a few weeks ago, and has also recently had to self-isolate with his family, but that didn’t stop him competing in the virtual London Marathon which took place on Sunday 4 October. His run was raising funds for the Marie Curie cancer care charity in memory of the Reverend Prebendary Anne Legge, a friend and former Team Rector of Newton Ferrers, who died earlier this year. “I…

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IICSA Final Report has “Lessons for us all”

IICSA Final Report has “Lessons for us all”

Posted: 6th October, 2020

The Diocese of Exeter has responded to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) Final Report into the Church of England with the following Statement : We welcome the IICSA Final Report and its recommendations to ensure our churches are safe places for all. Safeguarding is at the heart of our mission here in Devon and we are fortunate to have an experienced and committed Safeguarding Team. They advise, support and work alongside Diocesan senior…

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Churches launch “StudentHelp” service to show the love to students under local lockdown

Churches launch “StudentHelp” service to show the love to students under local lockdown

Posted: 2nd October, 2020

Churches in Exeter have launched a dedicated StudentHelp service offering emotional and practical support for university students who are under local lockdown restrictions. It includes delivering food to students self-isolating, a “dial-a-toastie” service, socially-distanced guided tours of the city for freshers, outdoor coffee meet-ups, running groups and online and in-person church services and small groups. Some of the churches with a particular student focus have created a single StudentHelp email address for students or their…

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PipeUp Devon scheme pulls out all the stops to inspire young organists

PipeUp Devon scheme pulls out all the stops to inspire young organists

Posted: 25th September, 2020

A new scheme to encourage young people to learn to play the organ is being launched in Devon by the Diocese of Exeter. PipeUp Devon has been set up by three experienced organists: Andrew Millington, the former Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, Peter King, the Organist Emeritus at Bath Abbey and Ian Curror, the former Director of Music at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It aims to inspire 11 to 18-year-olds who already play a…

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New urban Christian house-share community in Plymouth

Posted: 18th September, 2020

A new urban Christian community is being established in Plymouth by the Diocese of Exeter in partnership with the Lee Abbey Movement. Residents of the Small Missional Community (SMC) will live in a former vicarage owned by the Diocese of Exeter next to St Mark’s Church in Ford. Joining the new community will be the Reverend Jonathan Devereux, 29, who was previously the student pastor at St Matt’s Church in Plymouth and was ordained at…

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