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Wellbeing Survey will help diocese improve support for clergy families

Wellbeing Survey will help diocese improve support for clergy families

Posted: 22nd December, 2020

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…

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Panto-style christmas carol event puts donkey centre stage

Panto-style christmas carol event puts donkey centre stage

Posted: 22nd December, 2020

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.”…

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New National Role for Self-Supporting Minister

New National Role for Self-Supporting Minister

Posted: 21st December, 2020

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…

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Churches work with Unicef to feed families in Plymouth

Posted: 18th December, 2020

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.

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Finding room at the inn this Christmas

Finding room at the inn this Christmas

Posted: 14th December, 2020

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)…

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Overcoming Covid Challenges: An Interview with a Parish Treasurer

Overcoming Covid Challenges: An Interview with a Parish Treasurer

Posted: 14th December, 2020

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…

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