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Silent hymns and hazard tape as Sunday services in church resume

Silent hymns and hazard tape as Sunday services in church resume

Posted: 5th July, 2020

Some churches in Devon have held their first services in their buildings since March following a change in the Government’s coronavirus guidance. At St Mary’s Church in Bickington, near Newton Abbot, people started arriving for the 9am Communion service half an hour before it started. Parishioner Michael Eveley said “We were ready for this,” and said it was a shame it would not be possible to sing hymns. Inside the historic church other changes included…

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Ribbons of Remembrance

Ribbons of Remembrance

Posted: 3rd July, 2020

A church in Exeter has found a simple way to help people remember others and process some of the loss they might be feeling in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. St Thomas Church is encouraging people to tie a “ribbon of remembrance” on railings outside the church, which is on a  main street in the centre of St Thomas. So far around 60 ribbons have been tied, some with messages or prayers written on…

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Online service to say thank you to the NHS

Posted: 3rd July, 2020

The Bishop of Crediton is leading an online service on Sunday 5 July to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. The Service of Thanksgiving was filmed in the chaplaincy of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. It features contributions from NHS staff, including an Emergency Care Assistant from South Western Ambulance Service. There are reflections from former medics who worked in the NHS from its earliest days, including Henry Gossman, a former neurosurgeon who…

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Devon’s churches embrace weekend of weddings and worship

Devon’s churches embrace weekend of weddings and worship

Posted: 3rd July, 2020

Churches in Devon are holding their first weddings and public services in their buildings since March, following a change in the government’s coronavirus guidance. From 4 July, weddings with up to 30 people present will be permitted. The Reverend Sue Astbury is conducting a wedding at St Nicholas Church in Shaldon on Saturday. “The signing of the register will go ahead but with extra precautions, for example hand sanitizer will be used on the pen…

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Weddings and worship in Devon’s church buildings from 4 July

Weddings and worship in Devon’s church buildings from 4 July

Posted: 23rd June, 2020

Church leaders in Devon have welcomed the news that services, including weddings, will be able to take place in church buildings from 4 July. But they have also said it would be wrong to “close the virtual door” to the growing number of people who have been attending online church services during lockdown by ceasing to produce them. The Government announced the changes to the rules for places of worship along with new guidance about…

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Swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice

Swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice

Posted: 19th June, 2020

A pilot project in Plymouth aims to unify communities from different cultural backgrounds by sharing recipes, sport and life experiences. Food hampers and sports sets have been delivered across the city as part of the Unifying Plymouth initiative. Nigerian meal kits have been given to 25, mainly white, British families. They contain all the ingredients needed to make Dafa Duka (Nigerian Fried Rice), a recipe card and a magazine about Nigeria’s national sport, football. “If…

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