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Reverend runs half marathon as “act of defiance” against grief

Reverend runs half marathon as “act of defiance” against grief

Posted: 11th October, 2019

Reverend Philip Sourbut says he is “apprehensive, excited and terrified” about running his first half-marathon. The Director of Mission and Ministry for the Church of England in Devon only started running 10 months ago. He is doing the Great West Run in Exeter in memory of his daughter Naomi, 26, who died suddenly in 2017. “The running started by accident in January, I thought I’d have a go one night and got slightly addicted. It’s…

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Priests become scientists on disappearing islands affected by climate change

Priests become scientists on disappearing islands affected by climate change

Posted: 7th October, 2019

Priests in the Pacific Solomon islands are being enlisted to help measure the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on the islands where they serve. Rt Rev’d Mark Rylands, who has just returned from the islands and chairs the Melanesian Mission UK, said: “What we’re doing is using priests as scientists. “We’ll use the strength of the Anglican church in Melanesia to do the observations and get concrete measurements on how the islands…

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Appeal to raise £13,000 for project to help Thika farmers battling climate change

Appeal to raise £13,000 for project to help Thika farmers battling climate change

Posted: 3rd October, 2019

“Rain only fell for two weeks in April, the crops failed and everyone now goes hungry, relying on food aid, hoping next season will be better.” Brian and Jane Inwood, from Christow, are part of the Diocese of Exeter link team with Thika Diocese in Kenya. They are passionate about highlighting the problems people in the province of Thungururu face battling the changing climate and lack of rainfall. They say the Farming God’s Way project…

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Call for church buildings to be places of ‘radical hospitality’ 7 days a week

Call for church buildings to be places of ‘radical hospitality’ 7 days a week

Posted: 27th September, 2019

Church buildings should be places of “radical hospitality” where people feel welcome as soon as they walk in, seven days a week, that’s according to the new Archdeacon of Exeter, the Venerable Andrew Beane. He used his sermon at the service to welcome him into his new role (officially known as a Collation service) to call for church members in Devon to make their buildings as welcoming as possible. The service took place at St Mary’s Church,…

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Churchyards praised for encouraging wildlife and biodiversity

Churchyards praised for encouraging wildlife and biodiversity

Posted: 27th September, 2019

The judges of Devon’s Best Churchyard competition have praised the number of churchyard groups who are trying to encourage wildlife and biodiversity with a range of initiatives including bug hotels, vegetable and herb gardens and wildflower meadows. This year’s award was presented by the Bishop of Exeter in a ceremony at Exeter Cathedral on 25 September. The winners, Penny and Paul Kurowski, who manage the volunteer churchyard team at All Saints, East Budleigh, said they…

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Youthwork gets a boost with new SWYM partnership

Youthwork gets a boost with new SWYM partnership

Posted: 25th September, 2019

The Church of England in Devon is increasing its investment in youth work in the county after signing-up to a new three year partnership with South West Youth Ministries (SWYM). The organisation places trainee children and youth workers with churches, local ministries and school projects throughout the region. It also resources local churches with training events, residential trips and provides leadership development opportunities for young people. SWYM, alongside Urban Saints, also runs the Spree weekend…

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