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Exeter Cathedral ordination services to be livestreamed for first time

Exeter Cathedral ordination services to be livestreamed for first time

Posted: 9th September, 2020

Sixteen new curates are being ordained into the Church of England this weekend in a series of Covid-secure services at Exeter Cathedral led by the Bishops of Exeter, Plymouth and Crediton. Instead of one big service there will be four separate ceremonies with four people being ordained at each one. As with weddings and funerals, there will be just 30 people present at each service instead of the usual 2000 who would attend normally. The…

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New Mayflower pilgrimage to mark 400th anniversary

New Mayflower pilgrimage to mark 400th anniversary

Posted: 4th September, 2020

A Devon vicar is leading a new pilgrimage from Dartmouth to Plymouth to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower this month. The Reverend Martin Warren and his fellow pilgrims will set off from Dartmouth Embankment on Friday 11 September following a short blessing ceremony. Rev’d Warren’s route follows the South West Coast Path from Dartmouth to Plymouth and will visit churches along the way. The walkers will arrive at the Mayflower…

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New Children’s Advisor back to what she “knows and loves”

New Children’s Advisor back to what she “knows and loves”

Posted: 28th August, 2020

For Helen Williams, her new role as the Diocese of Exeter’s 5-11s Children’s Mission Advisor, means she is back on familiar ground. Helen grew up on her family farm in Hemyock, near Cullompton. She has spent the last four years working for a church in Richmond but says she is glad to have returned to the South West. “It feels really lovely to be back here again in our beautiful county, to what I know…

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Torquay vicar’s daring church spire climb

Posted: 21st August, 2020

A Devon vicar has overcome his fear of heights to climb the 165ft spire of his church to raise funds for community outreach. The Reverend Sam Leach was joined by three other members of the leadership team to climb the steeple of St Mary Magdalene church (known as St Mags) in the centre of Torquay. A crowd turned out to watch the climb on Thursday 20 August, with dramatic drone footage captured by a member of…

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Devon curates train to become military chaplains

Devon curates train to become military chaplains

Posted: 20th August, 2020

For the last three years Rev’d Huw Riden has been a curate in Exmouth, but he is now swapping his clerical robes for military fatigues as he begins training to be an army chaplain. Huw is a former member of the Parachute Regiment and his Littleham, Exmouth & Lympstone Mission Community has included Lympstone Royal Marine Commando Training Centre. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place to have served my curacy,” he said. Huw’s…

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East Devon Arts Festival Goes Online

East Devon Arts Festival Goes Online

Posted: 14th August, 2020

Each year, the Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Thorverton is turned into an art gallery for the East Devon Arts Festival (EDAF). This year would have marked the 50th year the festival has been running, but due to COVID-19, the church has been unable to hold the event and has instead created virtual art and craft exhibitions on Facebook. The Arts Festival is usually a significant fundraising activity of the church, raising…

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