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Church a Catalyst for Ukraine Refugee Support in Exminster

Church a Catalyst for Ukraine Refugee Support in Exminster

Posted: 19th May, 2022

A church in Exminister has worked closely with its local community to co-ordinate accommodation and support for 15 Ukrainian refugees with more expected to arrive in the village soon. Connect Church is led by Rev’d Vanessa Pestridge, who said “It’s been a wonderful thing to say to people that this is at the heart of being a Christian, that of course the church wants to respond in this way. “I feel this is my role…

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Meeting Ukrainians Hoping to Find a Safe Place to Call Home

Meeting Ukrainians Hoping to Find a Safe Place to Call Home

Posted: 17th May, 2022

The Diocese of Exeter is working with the charity Citizens UK to act as a key sponsor in Devon to co-ordinate providing homes for Ukrainian refugees and help ensure ongoing community support. The Archdeacon of Exeter, Andrew Beane, shares this update about the process so far: “Each potential Ukrainian family or individual meets on Zoom with one of our team of volunteer translators and a volunteer from the Diocese to answer a few basic questions and ensure…

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Devon School Children Draw Climate Change Hopes and Fears for Exeter Cathedral Christian Aid Exhibition

Devon School Children Draw Climate Change Hopes and Fears for Exeter Cathedral Christian Aid Exhibition

Posted: 16th May, 2022

Devon school children have drawn their hopes and fears about climate change for a Christian Aid art exhibition at Exeter Cathedral called Letters for Creation. The winning entry was by year four pupil Molly, whose drawing was called “Think about the Polar Bears.” The Bishop of Exeter, who was at the exhibition launch at the start of Christian Aid week, said “Children and young people are passionate about the environment and we would do well…

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Bishop of Exeter Says Met Office a Force for Good on Climate Change

Bishop of Exeter Says Met Office a Force for Good on Climate Change

Posted: 16th May, 2022

The Bishop of Exeter says the threat posed by climate changed has been brought home to him by a visit to the Met Office, which is based in Exeter. The Rt. Rev’d Robert Atwell visited the UK’s national meterological service at Exeter Business Park on 12 May and was shown some of the research being carried out there. It includes agricultural research about soil degradation caused by climate change, long-term temperature forecasts for the UK…

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Bishop of Crediton Leads Event to “Offer Living in Love and Faith to God in Prayer”

Bishop of Crediton Leads Event to “Offer Living in Love and Faith to God in Prayer”

Posted: 28th April, 2022

 A prayer event has been held at Exeter Cathedral to mark the move to the next stage of the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith process. The event on 28 April, led by the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, featured reflective prayer stations and short service. Living in Love and Faith (LLF) is the process for discerning the future direction of the Church of England on matters of relationships, sexuality,…

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Statement About the Sentencing of Peter Thurley

Statement About the Sentencing of Peter Thurley

Posted: 21st April, 2022

Former churchwarden Peter Thurley, from Ivybridge, was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court on 20 April 2022 to 42 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He has been ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work, as well as 35 hours of the probation service Rehabilitation…

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