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St Boniface Award Winners 2021 Are “An Inspiration”

St Boniface Award Winners 2021 Are “An Inspiration”

Posted: 15th June, 2021

A 94-year-old woman who has been volunteering and fundraising for her village church for over seven decades and an 18-year-old student who helped keep her church open during the pandemic are among the 16 recipients of this year’s St Boniface awards. The winners, who were nominated from across Devon, will be admitted into the Company of St Boniface by the Bishop of Exeter in a special service at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 19 June. The…

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Devon Children’s Song of Hope Included in National Pandemic Archive

Devon Children’s Song of Hope Included in National Pandemic Archive

Posted: 15th June, 2021

A modern folk song written and performed by the youth choir of a Devon church has been included in a national collection of songs inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. Rainbow of Hope has also raised more than £1000 for the local Rowcroft Hospice. The song was recorded by the nine children who make up the choir and band of St Andrew’s, Ipplepen, in Spring 2020. They were aged from seven to 12. With coronavirus restrictions…

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Archbishop Justin Welby To Open New Melanesia Pilgrimage Route in Devon

Archbishop Justin Welby To Open New Melanesia Pilgrimage Route in Devon

Posted: 7th June, 2021

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to visit Devon in September to open a new pilgrimage route in honour of John Coleridge Patteson, the first Bishop of Melanesia. The 12-mile Patteson’s Way is a joint initiative between the Melanesian Mission UK (MMUK) of which Archbishop Justin Welby is President, local school children and the Diocese of Exeter. This year marks 150 years since Patteson, who grew up in Feniton in East Devon, was killed for his…

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24hour Zoom Prayer Room Sparks Enthusiasm to Grow in Prayer

24hour Zoom Prayer Room Sparks Enthusiasm to Grow in Prayer

Posted: 1st June, 2021

For Thy Kingdom Come 2021, a 24/7 online prayer room was filled with continuous prayer for 10 days. Over 230 hours were filled with people praying individually and in groups with others praying offline during the period as well. Diocesan Mission Enabler and organiser of the event Rev’d Preb James Grier said, “It has been so moving to see people signing up for multiple hours in the middle of the night, or staying on for…

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Dartmoor Churchyard Trim Trails Encourage Visitors To Get Active In Prayer

Dartmoor Churchyard Trim Trails Encourage Visitors To Get Active In Prayer

Posted: 31st May, 2021

A group of churches on Dartmoor has installed “Trim Trail” prayer trails through its churchyards as a way of welcoming families and encouraging people to engage with prayer while also getting fit. The idea for the trails at St Andrew’s Church in Ashburton, St Mary’s in Holne and St Peter’s Buckland-in-the-Moor came about during the January lockdown. Heidi Lewis, the Mission and Families Development Worker, said “With another lockdown in full swing we wondered what…

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Bishop Of Crediton Backs Calls For Global Covid-19 Vaccine Equity

Bishop Of Crediton Backs Calls For Global Covid-19 Vaccine Equity

Posted: 25th May, 2021

The Bishop of Crediton is supporting widespread calls to boost the number of people receiving coronavirus vaccines worldwide. The Right Reverend Jackie Searle is encouraging people to donate the cost of their vaccines to charities like Christian Aid and Unicef which are working to get Covid-19 vaccines to the people who need them. She said: “Following my first dose of the vaccine, I made a donation to Christian Aid in thanksgiving and in recognition that…

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