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Church opens its doors to offer ‘the very best’ hospitality and a bed for the night

Church opens its doors to offer ‘the very best’ hospitality and a bed for the night

Posted: 24th January, 2020

A church in the centre of  Newton Abbot is being used as a new night shelter for homeless people in the area. Abbotsbury Church is being opened up on Friday evenings during January, February and March for anyone who needs it. Guests are given a three-course meal, overnight accommodation, breakfast the next morning and a packed-lunch to take away. The project, known as CROWNS, is being managed by the vicar, the Reverend Gareth Regan and…

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Search for over 100 new volunteer governors for Devon’s CofE schools

Posted: 7th January, 2020

The Church of England in Devon has launched a recruitment drive to find over 100 volunteers to be governors in schools, academies and Multi Academy Trusts in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. It has released a new video featuring children from Trinity Church of England Primary School in Exeter as part of its Be A Governor social media campaign to find new faces to help steer the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the 133 Church…

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Remembering ‘a true hero in the faith’

Remembering ‘a true hero in the faith’

Posted: 6th January, 2020

A Service of Thanksgiving has been held at Exeter Cathedral to celebrate the life of the Reverend Prebendary Graham Stones, the Bishop of Exeter’s Chaplain, who died in early December after a short illness. He had been suffering from cancer. Graham was born in Lancashire in 1949 and raised as a Roman Catholic. He studied for a BSc in Chemistry at Southampton University in the 1970s before working in the pharmaceutical industry. From 1987 to…

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New church-run antenatal classes give parents-to-be the “starting blocks for family life”

New church-run antenatal classes give parents-to-be the “starting blocks for family life”

Posted: 20th December, 2019

A church in North Devon has been piloting new antenatal classes specifically designed by Christian health professionals to be delivered in the community by churches. The Begin Well course was put together by a health visitor and consultant obstetrician with between them nearly 40 years experience in the NHS. They say the 5-week evidence-based course gives parents-to-be the starting blocks for family life. It is designed to be run by volunteers. Topics include: giving birth,…

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New Dean of Women in Ministry says there is “still a lot to do” to achieve equality

New Dean of Women in Ministry says there is “still a lot to do” to achieve equality

Posted: 19th December, 2019

The Reverend Prebendary Jackie Taylor, who is rector of three churches in the South Hams, has recently taken up the role of Dean of Women in Ministry for the Diocese of Exeter. She tells us how she came to faith, and why it is so important for women to talk to someone if they feel called to ordination. Were you brought up in a Christian family? My family were not a family of faith but…

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Bishops on a mission to bring Devon joy in 2020

Bishops on a mission to bring Devon joy in 2020

Posted: 18th December, 2019

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us as the church in Devon to get out and about and for people to discover the joy we have. “Not just the joy within but the joy for communities beyond church.” The Reverend James Grier, the Diocese of Exeter’s Mission Enabler, is heading up Joy2020  and is excited about what is being planned. He is working alongside teams in each of Devon’s four archdeaconries (areas of the diocese) to…

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