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Follow the Star into church this Christmas

Follow the Star into church this Christmas

Posted: 28th November, 2019

A number of churches in Devon are planning to display giant stars throughout Advent and Christmas as a way of inviting people to come along to a Christmas church service. It’s part of a national Church of England campaign called Follow the Star which launched at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official residence, Lambeth Palace, on 25 November with a spectacular light show. Exeter Cathedral has a large four-point star on its West front as part…

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Devon’s churches and cathedral offer a ‘service to democracy’ by hosting hustings

Devon’s churches and cathedral offer a ‘service to democracy’ by hosting hustings

Posted: 26th November, 2019

Churches in Plymouth are playing their part in the General Election campaign by hosting candidate hustings. The first took place on 25 November at Methodist Central Hall. The hustings have been organised by the Churches Together in Plymouth organisation and this is the fourth General Election it has run them, the previous ones were 2010, 2015 and 2017. Its chair, Chris Clewer, said: “We were initially asked by the Plymouth University Chaplain if we’d consider…

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Devon gets comic treatment with new Grass Roots discipleship course

Devon gets comic treatment with new Grass Roots discipleship course

Posted: 22nd November, 2019

An exciting new resource using comic-book illustrations set in Devon to help people explore Christian faith has been developed by Jon Curtis, Diocese of Exeter Lay Discipleship Advisor. Grass Roots is a collection of ideas and activities aimed at Christians and people interested in learning more about the life lessons that Jesus offered in the Bible. Jon said: “Jesus spent much of his life showing his friends and those he met stepping stones so that…

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Exeter Cathedral Girl’s Choir celebrates 25 years with specially commissioned canticles by Nico Muhly

Exeter Cathedral Girl’s Choir celebrates 25 years with specially commissioned canticles by Nico Muhly

Posted: 12th November, 2019

Exeter Cathedral Girls’ Choir is celebrating its 25th birthday this month by performing two new choral works specially commissioned for the anniversary. The new versions of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis are by the renowned American composer Nico Muhly. His previous works have included two operas for the New York Metropolitan Opera, film scores, pop collaborations and church music. He was a boy chorister in Rhode Island and says that when he wrote the pieces…

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Inspiring stories at special St Boniface Award service

Inspiring stories at special St Boniface Award service

Posted: 12th November, 2019

“Liz so deserves this medal, she’s helped hundreds like us. It’s just the little things that Liz does that touches the heart of people. She’s our driving force and without her we wouldn’t be where we are today, none of us.” Christine Hole says when she and her husband were in debt they were saved from taking their own lives by the advice and prayer offered to them by Liz Camp, one of the first…

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Interfaith Advisor reflects on Yoga, Remembrance Sunday and Interfaith week

Interfaith Advisor reflects on Yoga, Remembrance Sunday and Interfaith week

Posted: 8th November, 2019

The Reverend Deborah Parsons is the Interfaith Advisor for the Church of England in Devon. Here she responds to recent press coverage about church hall yoga bookings with a personal reflection on Interfaith week, Remembrance Sunday and where Christians stand on yoga: “The beauty of the Anglican Church is its breadth. It recognises that theology, how we speak, know and understand God is a life-long journey. We’re invited to be curious, to listen to difference…

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