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Living in Love and Faith is ‘the Task of Our Generation’

Living in Love and Faith is ‘the Task of Our Generation’

Posted: 4th May, 2021

“I really believe in what we are doing with Living in Love and Faith. “This is our moment, this is the task of our generation in the Church, to be thinking about gender, identity, sexuality and marriage, and from the resources of our faith and spiritual life, to share in these important conversations.” The Bishop of Crediton, the Right Reverend Jackie Searle, is the Diocese of Exeter Advocate for the Living in Love and Faith…

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New Bay Church Gets £1.5m Funding to Reach Young People and Families

New Bay Church Gets £1.5m Funding to Reach Young People and Families

Posted: 4th May, 2021

The Church of England in Devon has been successful in its £1.5m funding bid for a new mission initiative aimed at young people and families in Torbay. The new Bay Church will be based at St Andrew’s Church in Paignton. Rev’d Matt Bray, currently a curate at Harbour Church in Portsmouth, has been appointed as the church’s leader. He said, “It feels very exciting and a very welcome answer to prayer! “I feel so grateful…

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Helping “Justice Roll Down” in Devon and Cornwall

Helping “Justice Roll Down” in Devon and Cornwall

Posted: 29th April, 2021

The chair of the Devon and Cornwall Police Community Scrutiny Panel says it exists to be a critical friend to the force and hold it to account when needed. The Reverend Nathan Kiyaga juggles the voluntary role with being Chaplain of St Cuthbert Mayne, a joint Roman Catholic and Church of England Secondary school in Torquay, and Rural Dean of Torbay. Devon and Cornwall is one of only a few  police forces in the UK…

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Headstone Blessing for Unmarked Grave of Brothers Killed in WW2 Exeter Air Raid

Headstone Blessing for Unmarked Grave of Brothers Killed in WW2 Exeter Air Raid

Posted: 26th April, 2021

A headstone blessing ceremony has taken place at the graveside of four brothers who died in a World War Two air raid in Exeter in 1940. It follows a fundraising campaign to erect a headstone on the plot at Higher Cemetery, in Heavitree, after the children lay buried in two unmarked graves for more than 80 years. George Squire, 17, John Squire, 12, James Squire, 8, and Sidney Squire, 3, were all killed when a…

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Bishop Determined to Root Out Racism in the Church

Bishop Determined to Root Out Racism in the Church

Posted: 22nd April, 2021

The Church has not practised what it preaches when it comes to racism and other forms of discrimination, the Bishop of Exeter has said. The Right Reverend Robert Atwell was responding to the From Lament to Action report published by the Church of England’s Anti-Racism Taskforce. It proposes 47 specific actions to bring about a “change of culture” in church life and warns the Archbishops that a failure to act could be a “last straw” for many…

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Thy Kingdom Come 2021 Plan to Pray the South West Coast Path

Thy Kingdom Come 2021 Plan to Pray the South West Coast Path

Posted: 20th April, 2021

The Church of England in Devon is joining other churches in the county in an attempt to have people praying along every mile of the whole South West Coast path on the same day at the same time. The socially distant  “chain of prayer and praise” on 19 June at 10.30 is being organised by South West Awake. It is part of Thy Kingdom Come, when Christians across the world set aside the days between…

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