A wellbeing survey of spouses and partners of licensed clergy in the Diocese of Exeter has provided useful responses around issues like work/life balance, the need for more support and easy-to-access information. 70 people took part in the survey, conducted by the Diocese of Exeter’s Wellbeing and Pastoral Care Panel, chaired by Bishop Jackie. She said “Thank you to everyone who contributed to this important survey, and a huge thank you to all clergy households…Read More »
The Bishop of Plymouth made an unexpected appearance at a seaside carol service, in true panto style. The Carols in the Sands event at Blackpool Sands, south Devon, on Saturday 19 December was organised by Dartmouth vicar, Father Andrew Langley. He said “I wanted to have a bit of a sing-song and to re-tell the Christmas story through the eyes of the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem, so I hired a pantomime donkey costume.”…Read More »
A self-supporting parish priest from Devon has been appointed as the first ever National Officer for Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry. The Reverend John Lees works is based in Colyton in East Devon and is the Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ministry (SSM) in the Diocese of Exeter. He is the author of Self-Supporting Ministry: A Practical Guide. This year he helped set up a national SSM steering group looking at ways of encouraging self-supporting ministers and attracting…Read More »
Churches in Plymouth have been packing and delivering hundreds of food hampers as part of a £24,000 Unicef-funded project to support families in the city who don’t have enough to eat.
It’s part of Unicef’s first UK domestic emergency response in its 70-year history.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed…. the search for a suitable bed for the night is central to the Christmas story and a good reminder of all those in Devon today who are homeless, vulnerable or dispossessed. Across the county, churches and their communities have been working to help the vulnerable in our midst: In Newton Abbot, churches donated items to go into Christmas hampers for the Homeless In Teignbridge Support (HITS)…Read More »
Mike Jefferies is the treasurer of St Peter’s Church in Lamerton on the edge of Dartmoor. In an interview with our Mission Resources Adviser, Brigit Kiyaga, Mike shares how the pandemic had a significant impact on their finances. Half of their income, normally raised by fundraising activities, was lost over night. After a request was sent out to the community they received generous responses and as a result the parish is today in a stronger…Read More »