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Bishop’s Christmas Message Finds Hope in Legend of St Boniface and the Christmas Tree

Bishop’s Christmas Message Finds Hope in Legend of St Boniface and the Christmas Tree

Posted: 21st December, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter says a Christmas tree legend featuring Devon’s patron saint has a message of hope for us this Christmas. The Right Reverend Robert Atwell filmed his annual Christmas video message at Dartmoor Christmas Trees farm, near Widecombe. According to folklore, St Boniface (who was born in Crediton before taking Christianity to Germany) was killed by a mob for chopping down an oak tree to prevent a child being sacrificed by pagans. In…

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Exclusive: Leaked Email from the Archangel Gabriel

Exclusive: Leaked Email from the Archangel Gabriel

Posted: 20th December, 2021

This Christmas we are able to bring you an exclusive ‘Leaked Email from the Archangel Gabriel’, courtesy of our own Bishop of Plymouth, The Right Rev’d Nick McKinnel.   My fellow Angels,   We have a problem in our favourite county of Devon this year.  Miserable weather, economic worries, weary people and Covid restrictions are obscuring those glad tidings of great joy that we once announced to those shepherds on the hillside outside Bethlehem.  …

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Bishop Encourages People to Attend Christmas Services with ‘Vigilance and Caution’

Bishop Encourages People to Attend Christmas Services with ‘Vigilance and Caution’

Posted: 19th December, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter said the Omicron Coronavirus variant had cast a shadow but “we should not let it define us.” The Right Reverend Robert Atwell said he was still encouraging people to go to church this Christmas. Bishop Robert was speaking on the BBC Radio Devon faith programme. He said, “We must be vigilant and cautious, but we shouldn’t allow fear to defeat us.” “At Christmas we often read the opening of St John’s…

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Devon Churches Helping Feed Children Through Mary’s Meals This Christmas

Devon Churches Helping Feed Children Through Mary’s Meals This Christmas

Posted: 7th December, 2021

This Christmas, churches and organisations around Devon have been raising money for the Christian international food charity Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals, named after Mary the mother of Jesus, is a global charity which provides children in some of the world’s poorest countries with a daily meal at their place of education. In Newton Ferrers, a member of Holy Cross Church has made beautiful Lavender Stuffed Chickens with fabric from Malawi to be sold as gifts…

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Kenn Church Publishes New Celebrity Cookbook Inspired by Lockdown

Kenn Church Publishes New Celebrity Cookbook Inspired by Lockdown

Posted: 7th December, 2021

A church in Devon has produced a new cookbook as a way of fundraising to support its mission and ministry. Heavenly Feasts and Burnt Offerings has been created by St Andrew’s Kenn and includes 200 recipes from well-known public figures, senior clergy, politicians. It also includes dishes from people in the parish. The project was started just under 12 months ago in lockdown when St Andrew’s, like many churches, found that many of their usual…

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Transforming Plymouth Together Appoints New Lead Officer

Transforming Plymouth Together Appoints New Lead Officer

Posted: 6th December, 2021

Transforming Plymouth Together has appointed a new lead officer. Ayshea Cross will take up the role following the retirement of Chris Forster. Transforming Plymouth Together (TPT) is a joint project with the Diocese of Exeter, the Church Urban Fund and and churches in Plymouth. It works to address poverty and social inequality to help make Plymouth a fairer city. Ayshea is well known within the faith and voluntary sector in Plymouth and comes with a…

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