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New Family Fun Cooking Club launched to help families eat well and cook together

New Family Fun Cooking Club launched to help families eat well and cook together

Posted: 14th February, 2020

A new community initiative to encourage families to cook healthy meals together and tackle food poverty has been launched by the Church of England in Devon. Family Fun Cooking Club has been devised by the Diocese of Exeter Education team following research into ‘holiday hunger’ commissioned by the Bishop of Exeter. A series of budget-friendly recipes have been created by nutritionist Merenna Wilson. The chef and food writer Jack Monroe has also given approval for…

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Swimming Pool Mission

Swimming Pool Mission

Posted: 14th February, 2020

Sampford Peverell Team Mission Community have developed mission around swimming by providing a space for a swimming pool toddler group, plus a venue for child and adult baptisms. Overtly Christian in its nature, Aqua Bears and Prayers Toddler Group provides an opportunity for pre-schoolers and their parent / carer to hear Bible stories, sing worship songs and pray together. The swimming pool can also be used for child and adult baptisms in a range of…

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Caring for God’s Creation: New Live Lent 40 Day Challenge

Caring for God’s Creation: New Live Lent 40 Day Challenge

Posted: 7th February, 2020

The Church of England is highlighting the climate crisis with a new 40 day #LiveLent resource themed around the first Genesis account of creation and the call to care for God’s world. It was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace. He said: “COP26 [the UN climate conference in Glasgow this November] is a unique opportunity for the future of this planet. By providence, we have the Lambeth Conference this summer,…

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Finding new energy after ‘Brexit storm’

Finding new energy after ‘Brexit storm’

Posted: 31st January, 2020

Bishop Jackie, the Bishop of Crediton, reflects on how the days and weeks following Brexit could be the ideal time to come together: Today we leave the European Union. For many months prior to this point we have been in a ‘Brexit storm’, a storm which some have found energising and others threatening. The image of a storm is often used when relationships or situations are conflicted, and many of us will know from experience…

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A Heart for the Homeless

A Heart for the Homeless

Posted: 31st January, 2020

Chris Keppie, CofE Devon Church and Society Officer writes… “Last Sunday, St Petrock’s church, Exeter, joined with the synonymous charity next door and the Salvation Army to mark Homelessness Sunday with love. It was deeply moving, with the Army’s rousing brass leading us in the likes of When I Needed A Neighbour Were You There?, a gentle reading of the challenging parable of the sheep and goats, updates on St Petrock’s new private lettings &…

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Prayer Pastors are the “bedrock of the Street Pastor movement”

Prayer Pastors are the “bedrock of the Street Pastor movement”

Posted: 29th January, 2020

Many of us will be familiar with the work of the Street Pastors who offer reassurance, safety and support to those on our streets between 10.30pm and 3am on a Friday and Saturday night. What is less well known is the crucial part played by Prayer Pastors in supporting the teams out on the streets. Diane Hurst, Exeter Street Pastors Coordinator, said “Prayer is the bedrock of the street pastor movement, and we wouldn’t deploy…

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