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Reflections from a Church Treasurer

Reflections from a Church Treasurer

Posted: 18th January, 2021

Church Treasurer, Maureen Richards, met with our Missions Resources Adviser, Brigit Kiyaga, to reflect on how the pandemic has affected the activities and finances at her church in Combe Martin. As a church they are a member of the Parish Giving Scheme and have continued to receive regular income in this way. Various digital giving mechanisms have also been set up, ready for when visitors can, once again, come in. Read the interview: Tell me…

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Tackling Pandemic Poverty in Rural Devon

Tackling Pandemic Poverty in Rural Devon

Posted: 15th January, 2021

A charity which tackles homelessness in rural Devon says during the Covid-19 pandemic it has been five times busier than it would be normally. The Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT), based in Tiverton, runs a foodbank and has a support and advice team who help people with housing issues, tenancy support and debt and money management. During the past year they have also been working with local schools, churches and supermarkets to deliver more than…

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Shining Lights in Lockdown

Shining Lights in Lockdown

Posted: 12th January, 2021

With the Christmas season ending, and 2021 bringing with it a new national lockdown, many are in need of some light in their lives. Rev’d Preb. James Grier, our Diocesan Mission Enabler, has shared a simple way we can bring light to those in our communities. The idea is to simply put a light in your window for others to see as a reminder of Christmas and of Christ’s love. James says he was inspired…

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Bishop welcomes decision to keep churches open during lockdown

Bishop welcomes decision to keep churches open during lockdown

Posted: 6th January, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter has welcomed the Government’s decision to allow church buildings to stay open in this current lockdown. Under the latest Government guidance, churches are permitted to remain open for communal worship and private prayer and people are allowed to leave home to attend church. Funerals and weddings can also take place in church buildings, although weddings can only happen in exceptional circumstances. Bishop Robert said “The fact that in this third national lockdown…

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Mission Sheds get a fresh coat of paint for 2021

Mission Sheds get a fresh coat of paint for 2021

Posted: 29th December, 2020

Mission Sheds are support hubs for anyone involved in any form of ministry and mission across the Diocese of Exeter.  They are due to be relaunched later in January 2021 but first we thought it might be helpful to explain what they are for anyone who has not heard of them before. Here, Rev’d Prebendary James Grier, Mission Enabler for the Diocese of Exeter, explains a bit more about the Mission Shed concept: I am…

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Bishop’s New Year 2021 message of hope

Bishop’s New Year 2021 message of hope

Posted: 29th December, 2020

The Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, shares a New Year reflection to mark the start of 2021. At a time when there is still so much anxiety and uncertainty around coronavirus, it is a reminder that we still have good reason to be hopeful: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of…

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