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Devon’s NHS Chaplains are the first line of support for those on the front line

Devon’s NHS Chaplains are the first line of support for those on the front line

Posted: 29th May, 2020

The Reverend Sheila Swarbrick has been an NHS chaplain at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for 12 years, but says the last few months have brought a lot of changes in the way she and the rest of the team work. “No visitors are allowed, we are having to wear facemasks and coloured scrubs along with our clerical shirts. “We have had to remove a lot of the furniture in the chaplaincy room. We…

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Prince William features in national online service led by Devon Vicar

Prince William features in national online service led by Devon Vicar

Posted: 22nd May, 2020

A Devon Vicar is leading this Sunday’s Church of England national online service, marking the end of Mental Health Awareness Week. The Reverend Professor Gina Radford was Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England until 2019. She is now the Vicar of South Brent and Rattery and has been advising the Church of England on its Covid-19 guidance for churches. The service also features a contribution from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, in which he urges…

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New Covid-19 Ascension Hymn for Devon

New Covid-19 Ascension Hymn for Devon

Posted: 22nd May, 2020

Nick Shutt, the Archdeacon of Plymouth, says he was inspired to write a new hymn for Ascension to try to make sense of the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has changed our lives. The song was performed by the Lee Abbey worship band as part of the Diocese of Exeter Ascension Day Service, which was led by Nick and filmed at the church on top of Brentor, Dartmoor. Ascension takes place 40 days after Easter…

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Feast of Fun Goes Ahead At Home Following Funding Boost

Feast of Fun Goes Ahead At Home Following Funding Boost

Posted: 15th May, 2020

The Feast of Fun initiative to help families in Plymouth and tackle food poverty is now taking place in family homes thanks to grants from local charities and businesses. Feast of Fun usually takes place during the school holidays with churches across the city providing free holiday clubs for children with a lunchtime meal included. It had been feared it would not be able to take place this year because of the coronavirus restrictions and…

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Bell Tolls At Landmark Dartmoor Church As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

Bell Tolls At Landmark Dartmoor Church As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

Posted: 15th May, 2020

The bell has been rung at one of Devon’s most scenic churches for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began. The sound rang out from the 12th Century St Michel de Rupe on top of Brentor, Dartmoor, following new guidance from the Church of England permitting the tolling of a single bell. Churches were closed for public worship in March in line with the Government’s coronavirus restrictions and all bellringing was suspended on public…

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Swapping people in pews for parcels of food

Swapping people in pews for parcels of food

Posted: 7th May, 2020

A number of Devon churches have become busy hubs despite being closed for public worship after stepping-up to host foodbanks. St Luke’s, Buckfastleigh, began housing the existing foodbank after the town hall and school were closed in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidance. It is now providing a storage facility, space for packing and a distribution base inside the church itself. The Team Rector, Tom Benson, said “If not us then who?” Since mid-March, he…

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