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Exeter’s General Synod Representatives Ensure Devon’s Voice is Heard

Exeter’s General Synod Representatives Ensure Devon’s Voice is Heard

Posted: 28th February, 2024

The General Synod representatives from the Diocese of Exeter played a key role in this year’s February group of General Synod sessions at Church House in London. The Archdeacon of Totnes, the Ven. Douglas Dettmer, who is a member of the House of Clergy, chaired two debates after being accepted onto the list of approved chairs last year. Rev’d Prebendary Rosie Austin, Team Rector of the Shirwell Mission Community and a member of the House…

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Devon Church Wedding Volunteers Engage with Couples at Wedding Fairs

Devon Church Wedding Volunteers Engage with Couples at Wedding Fairs

Posted: 27th February, 2024

“It’s a privilege to be in a secular setting and show that, we, the Church, have a lot to say about marriage. As we tell couples: ‘we are there for you long after your wedding day.’ Reverend Tracey Voysey is one of the volunteer members of the Devon Church Weddings team who recently attended the Wedding Extravaganza at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena. The event, which takes place twice a year, is one of the largest wedding…

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Chaplains offer support to Plymouth residents displaced by WW2 bomb

Chaplains offer support to Plymouth residents displaced by WW2 bomb

Posted: 22nd February, 2024

Chaplains from the Devon Faith Response team have been asked to provide support for Plymouth residents who have had to evacuate their homes after an unexploded World War 2 bomb was found in the suburb of Keyham. Around 3250 people have been asked to leave their homes and a 309m cordon has been put in place, according to the BBC. An emergency centre for people displaced by the bomb has been opened at Plymouth Life…

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Torquay Youth Group Transforms Church Boiler Room into 24/7 Prayer Space

Torquay Youth Group Transforms Church Boiler Room into 24/7 Prayer Space

Posted: 20th February, 2024

A church youth group from Torquay has helped transform a disused boiler room in the church building into a prayer space. The room in the basement of St Mags church in the town centre had been disused for a number of years. Over 50 people came to pray in the room during a 24-hour prayer event held in the space just after it was completed. The Vicar, the Rev’d Sam Leach, said “I have had…

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Exeter Peace Feast highlights ‘We Are Stronger Together’ in Committing to Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Exeter Peace Feast highlights ‘We Are Stronger Together’ in Committing to Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Posted: 7th February, 2024

School leaders across Devon gathered together at an inspiring and moving event, to commit to creating kinder, fairer and more welcoming communities, where people of different cultures and races live well together. The Exeter Peace Feast, which was organised by the Diocese of Exeter’s Education Team with the support of the Church of England Education Office, was an event that encouraged CEOs, executive leaders and Chairs of Governance Boards to recognise the position of organisations…

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What Did St Valentine Ever Do for Us?

What Did St Valentine Ever Do for Us?

Posted: 6th February, 2024

Rev’d Claire Reynolds, Diocesan Advisor for Disabilities and Additional Needs shares a reflection on St Valentine: February is a month synonymous with love. The shops will be full of cards for Valentines Day – we get to celebrate, thank, and declare our love to someone we know. There’ll be boxes of chocolates and bunches of flowers, ‘date nights’ and meals out. However, St Valentine’s story isn’t about romantic love.  Dating from the third century AD,…

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