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Devon Church Weddings Project Aims to Encourage More Couples to Marry in Church

Devon Church Weddings Project Aims to Encourage More Couples to Marry in Church

Posted: 12th October, 2021

A Church of England project to encourage more couples to choose a church wedding has been launched by the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, at the Wedding Extravaganza show in Exeter. Devon Church Weddings will showcase the county’s 600 Anglican churches, many of which are Grade 1 listed and in beautiful coastal or rural locations. It will also work with churches to ensure that prospective wedding couples receive a warm welcome and…

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Remembering a “Kind and Thoughtful” Woman Who Put People at the Heart of Exeter Diocese Property Department

Remembering a “Kind and Thoughtful” Woman Who Put People at the Heart of Exeter Diocese Property Department

Posted: 5th October, 2021

Judith Feltham worked for the Diocese of Exeter central services team for more than 35 years, starting at the diocesan offices in 1986, at a time before it even had computers. She worked mainly in the Property department and was a key member of staff in the clergy housing and glebe team. The Property Director, Graham Davies, said “For many, Judith was the first point of contact for calls in to the department and she…

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New Lay Ministers Licensed in Service Celebrating “Amazing Lay Ministry” Across the Diocese of Exeter

New Lay Ministers Licensed in Service Celebrating “Amazing Lay Ministry” Across the Diocese of Exeter

Posted: 5th October, 2021

Six new Lay Ministers (Readers) were licensed by the Bishop of Exeter to serve in churches across Devon at a special service at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 2 October. Three other lay ministers who have moved to Devon from other dioceses were also licensed to minister in Exeter Diocese.  View a photo gallery here. The new lay ministers were joined by their family and friends and existing Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs)  for the Annual Service…

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New Director of Education Appointed to Serve Devon’s Church of England Schools

New Director of Education Appointed to Serve Devon’s Church of England Schools

Posted: 4th October, 2021

Sue Lockwood has been appointed as the new Education Director for the Diocese of Exeter following a rigorous interview process. Sue has been acting-up in the position for over a year following the retirement of the previous director in early 2020. Her role involves leading the team which provides training and support for Devon’s 134 Church of England primary and secondary schools. Sue said: “I was delighted to get the job and chuffed to bits…

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Wembury Beach Labyrinth Invites People to Pray for the Planet

Wembury Beach Labyrinth Invites People to Pray for the Planet

Posted: 28th September, 2021

Wembury beach was the location for the first beach labyrinth in a new collaboration between Cornish artist Andrew Nicholson and the Diocese of Exeter. The focus of the event was an environmental one: our care for the planet. Beachgoers were invited to walk the circular path of the labyrinth and bring their concerns about the envionment, make a pledge, reflect, pray and give thanks for special places in their lives. “Everyone who went into it…

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Being Ordained as a Priest is “a Special Moment”

Being Ordained as a Priest is “a Special Moment”

Posted: 27th September, 2021

For Reverend Tatiana Wilson her ordination as a priest was a significant moment. She said “It was particularly special because more of my family could be at the service this year, including my parents, now they have been vaccinated.” Tatiana was one of 16 people being ordained priest at churches in Tavistock, Barnstaple, Plymouth, Torquay and Exeter on 25 and 26 September. In the Church of England, ministers are initially ordained as deacons for 12…

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