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Paratrooper Turned Priest Shares Afghanistan Reflection

Paratrooper Turned Priest Shares Afghanistan Reflection

Posted: 29th August, 2021

Rev’d Huw Riden served in the Paratroopers in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 before becoming a photographer. He was ordained in Exeter Diocese in 2017, serving as a curate in Exmouth before recently training as an army chaplain. He is currently Padre to 3 Division Signals Regiment. Here he shares his personal reflection on the Taliban’s sweep back to power and the British withdrawal from Afghanistan, two decades since he and his comrades first went…

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Stand For General Synod to Make A Difference on Climate Change, Social Justice, Marriage and More

Stand For General Synod to Make A Difference on Climate Change, Social Justice, Marriage and More

Posted: 24th August, 2021

Anne Foreman worships at Exeter Cathedral and St Michael’s church, Heavitree. She has represented Devon on the Church of England General Synod since 2015 and previously sat on it for Guildford Diocese.
This autumn there is an election for new members. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 8 September. Anne is standing down.
Here she explains why she wants as many people as possible to consider standing for this important role…

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Candles Lit in Keyham Service and Across Devon to Remember Victims

Candles Lit in Keyham Service and Across Devon to Remember Victims

Posted: 18th August, 2021

Candles were lit and flowers laid during the service of ‘Prayer and Hope’ to bring Plymouth together, which was held in the minster church of St Andrew’s on Wednesday 18 April, six days after five people were killed by a gunman in the Keyham area of the city. The Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel led the service…

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Beach Labyrinth Artist Seeking Seaside Churches in Devon

Beach Labyrinth Artist Seeking Seaside Churches in Devon

Posted: 17th August, 2021

A beach labyrinth artist from Cornwall is looking for seaside churches in Devon to collaborate with.
Andrew Nicholson has already created a number of beach labyrinths in Cornwall.
For him, creating them is an act of reflection, mission and prayer.
Andrew said, “Much of my labyrinth work on the beach involves an invitation to reflect on each individual’s journey and issues they may have been facing…”

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Keyham Parish Priest Leads Prayers for Victims and Pledges Mental Health Support

Keyham Parish Priest Leads Prayers for Victims and Pledges Mental Health Support

Posted: 15th August, 2021

The parish priest of Keyham has said he would like his church to do more to support mental health work in the community. Five people, including a three-year-old girl, were killed in a mass shooting in the Plymouth suburb on Thursday, before the 22-year-old gunman, Jake Davison, turned the gun on himself. Father David Way led prayers for the victims: Maxine Davison, Sophie Martyn, Lee Martyn, Stephen Washington and Kate Shepherd during the Sunday service…

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Bishop of Plymouth Responds to the Plymouth Shooting

Bishop of Plymouth Responds to the Plymouth Shooting

Posted: 13th August, 2021

The Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, has issued this statement in response to the mass shooting in Plymouth: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been injured or bereaved by this terrible shooting in Plymouth. It is horrific to think of it happening in our own city. St Thomas Church in Keyham and St Marks Church in Ford are open for anyone who would like somewhere to pray and reflect…

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