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Bishop blesses new foodbank warehouse

Bishop blesses new foodbank warehouse

Posted: 1st April, 2020

The Bishop of Exeter has blessed Exeter Foodbank’s new storage facility during a short ceremony. The warehouse has just been completed and the blessing took place on 21 March, before stricter social distancing guidelines came into force. Exeter Foodbank is providing emergency food supplies to around 280 people per week and distributes about three tonnes of food. Many of its regular volunteers are over 70 and are now self-isolating. “Even giving a tin of peas…

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Trainee priest stranded in Solomon Islands

Trainee priest stranded in Solomon Islands

Posted: 30th March, 2020

A young trainee priest is trying to get home to the UK after becoming stranded in the Solomon Islands when flights were cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Sam Rylands, 30, whose parents are both priests in the Diocese of Exeter, is believed to be the only Briton stuck there. He had been on a visit to the Melanesian Brotherhood, an Anglican Christian community in Tabalia with an official link to the Church of England…

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Church leaders across Exeter join together for online prayer gathering

Church leaders across Exeter join together for online prayer gathering

Posted: 30th March, 2020

Although churches are closed and physical Sunday services are suspended, this has not stopped churches finding new and creative ways to gather together, pray and worship. Many churches have been using platforms such as Zoom and Facebook Live to stay connected. Last Sunday, Rediscover Church hosted an online prayer gathering called ‘Exeter Prays’ with leaders from churches across Exeter. They were using a service called StreamYard which enabled them to switch between leaders from different…

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Volunteers send over 100 food parcels to students on free school meals

Volunteers send over 100 food parcels to students on free school meals

Posted: 26th March, 2020

School closures have left many parents whose children usually receive free school meals (FSM) facing uncertainty about food provision. That’s why a team of volunteers at St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay have been collecting,  packing- up and delivering food parcels to the homes of pupils who receive FSM. So far this week over 100 have been given out. The school’s Chaplain, the Reverend Nathan Kiyaga said “We are providing enough provisions for a family…

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Home service a hit as more than 80 dial in for telephone church

Home service a hit as more than 80 dial in for telephone church

Posted: 24th March, 2020

Like many church leaders the Reverend Ruth Frampton has had to quickly work out how to ‘do church’ differently after public worship was suspended by the Church of England in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus. While some churches have been using social media and live-streaming technology to reach their congregations, Ruth, who is Priest-in-Charge of the Teign Valley and Haldon Mission Community, decided the humble telephone was a better fit for her…

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Devon’s churches close with immediate effect to tackle coronavirus

Devon’s churches close with immediate effect to tackle coronavirus

Posted: 23rd March, 2020

Anglican churches across Devon are to close with immediate effect following the Prime Minister’s call for people to stay in their homes in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus. There will also be no church weddings or baptisms. Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement. The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the…

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