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Bishop joins pupils to celebrate school’s 300 years

Bishop joins pupils to celebrate school’s 300 years

Posted: 13th September, 2019

Pupils from Lady Modiford’s school, Walkhampton,  celebrating its 300th anniversary, were joined by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell, for a special service of Thanksgiving at the village’s St Mary’s Church, on 9 September. The service included a performance of “The Vicar’s Cross” a specially written musical by composer Andrew Wilson. Set in the 19th Century, it tells the story of a local Vicar who tries to reform his parishioners and ends…

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Bishop to ordain 14 new ministers to “most rewarding job in world”

Bishop to ordain 14 new ministers to “most rewarding job in world”

Posted: 13th September, 2019

A former mental health nurse, a previous Great British Bake-off contestant, a business manager and a trained puppeteer are among the 14 men and women being ordained as new church ministers in a ceremony at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 14 September. This year, nine women and five men are being ordained. The ordinations follow a rigorous selection process and several years of training at theological colleges, including the South West Ministry Training Course, based in…

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‘Climate Emergency: Protesting For Change’

‘Climate Emergency: Protesting For Change’

Posted: 11th September, 2019

Chris Keppie, Church & Society Officer, reflects on Exeter Cathedral’s Holy Ground service on 7 September: This month’s Holy Ground service at Exeter Cathedral was on ‘Climate Emergency: Protesting For Change’. It was extraordinarily powerful, both the hard-hitting content and challenges presented by the two guest speakers; and also the creative use of space for discussion, reflection, prayer, music and Eucharist after these talks, beautifully led by Canon Chris Palmer and a host of helpers….

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A timely call to care better for God’s creation

A timely call to care better for God’s creation

Posted: 2nd September, 2019

Chris Keppie, Diocese of Exeter, Church and Society Officer, writes: Never has it been more timely! From 1 September to 4 October, Christians around the world join together for the Season of Creation, a festival of prayer and community action to help protect the natural world. Creationtide was launched in 1989. It was given a major boost by Pope Francis in 2016 when, speaking before nearly 2 million people at the World Youth Day in…

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Exeter church pews for the chop in the name of charity

Exeter church pews for the chop in the name of charity

Posted: 30th August, 2019

A church in Exeter which is undergoing renovation has donated its pews to a Devon charity which works with prisoners nearing release and those at risk of going to prison. Around 20 pews from St Matthews (St Matts), in Newtown,  have been given to the Landworks charity in Dartington. The charity said the pews, which are thought to date from the 1930s, would be made into chopping boards, cookbook holders, turned bowls, plates, garden benches…

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Gerda gears up for ordination

Gerda gears up for ordination

Posted: 30th August, 2019

For Gerda van Ommeren, her ordination at Exeter Cathedral on 14 September will be the culmination of an unexpected journey. Originally from the Netherlands, Gerda felt prompted to move to Devon 5 years ago, a place she had never previously been to. She says she found a home at St John in the Wilderness Church in Exmouth: “I was made to feel welcome but it went deeper than that, it wasn’t just ‘surface nice’” Gerda…

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