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The Rich and The Pure: New Film Based on the True Story of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Torquay

The Rich and The Pure: New Film Based on the True Story of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Torquay

Posted: 18th May, 2021

A new film depicting a Devon church reaching out to the poor and marginalised in Victorian Torbay features local actors who have faced homelessness and addiction themselves. The Rich and The Pure has been produced by the Unleashed Drama Company for St Mary Magdalene’s (known as St Mags), Torquay, as part of its National Heritage Lottery Funded INSPIRE project. The film is based on the true story of how St Mags Church became the first…

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Devon Artist Recreates Exeter Cathedral Painting to Show Realities of Parenting

Devon Artist Recreates Exeter Cathedral Painting to Show Realities of Parenting

Posted: 18th May, 2021

A Devon artist has recreated one of Exeter Cathedral’s religious paintings of Mary and the infant Jesus as a photo pastiche, as a way of showing the realities of modern motherhood. Anna Grayson is one of the first artists to exhibit at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), in Exeter, which has just re-opened after lockdown. The former BBC science journalist and broadcaster from Teignmouth studied art in Exeter after retiring and started making “updated”…

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Christians Called To Pray and Support “Everyone Who Is Grievously Suffering” in Gaza and Israel

Christians Called To Pray and Support “Everyone Who Is Grievously Suffering” in Gaza and Israel

Posted: 17th May, 2021

The Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, which is linked with the Diocese of Exeter, said “Christians ought to be in prayer and solidarity with everyone who is grievously suffering” in Gaza and Israel at the moment “irrespective of identity.” The Most Reverend Michael Lewis, who is also Archbishop-Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, added “At the same time, Christians need to read and listen widely and deeply to understand what…

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Devon’s churches encouraged to consider the cultural heritage of their monuments and memorials

Devon’s churches encouraged to consider the cultural heritage of their monuments and memorials

Posted: 11th May, 2021

Churches in Devon are being encouraged to consider their cultural heritage, including monuments, memorials and headstones.
It follows new Church of England guidance addressing concerns over memorials with links to slavery or other contested heritage…

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Remembering a Courageous Campaigner for Women and Lay People in the Church

Remembering a Courageous Campaigner for Women and Lay People in the Church

Posted: 10th May, 2021

Shirley Ann Williams was an “enthusiastic and committed” lay person who played a key part in the campaign to allow women to be ordained in the Church of England.
She sat on the General Synod from 1985 to 2010 and worked tirelessly as part of the Central Council for the Movement for the Ordination of Women (MOW)….

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Be Part of Our Thy Kingdom Come Zoom Prayer Room

Be Part of Our Thy Kingdom Come Zoom Prayer Room

Posted: 10th May, 2021

There is something powerful about people joining together in a relay of continuous prayer, according to Rev’d James Grier, the Diocese of Exeter’s Mission Enabler. He is keen for as many church groups and individuals as possible to sign-up for a one-hour slot in the diocese Zoom Prayer Room, starting on Ascension Day (Thursday May 13) and finishing on Pentecost Sunday on May 23. The prayer room is part of Thy Kingdom Come, the 10-day…

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