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Devon’s new Mission Enabler says churches have lost confidence in sharing faith

Devon’s new Mission Enabler says churches have lost confidence in sharing faith

Posted: 20th September, 2019

The new Mission Enabler for the Church of England in Devon says he feels some churches and Christians have lost confidence in sharing the good news story of their faith at a time when confidence should be at its highest. Rev’d James Grier, who currently leads Unlimited Church in Exeter as well as being the Youth Mission Enabler, said he was excited about his new role: “I am convinced that for us to change the…

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Campaigners form Christian Climate Action group for Devon

Campaigners form Christian Climate Action group for Devon

Posted: 19th September, 2019

A Devon Christian who is desperate to protect ‘our God-created planet’ and take urgent action on climate chaos has spoken out about why she and other local campaigners have formed a Devon branch of the Christian Climate Action (CCA) group. Liz Dunbar, who worships at Exeter Cathedral, joined Extinction Rebellion (XR) and CCA last year to urge the Government, organisations and fellow citizens to act upon the climate emergency that the planet faces. Scientific consensus…

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New church ministers ‘excited to begin serving the people of Devon’

New church ministers ‘excited to begin serving the people of Devon’

Posted: 18th September, 2019

A former mental health nurse, teacher, business manager and puppeteer were among 14 women and men ordained as deacons (new ministers) in the Church of England at a packed service at Exeter Cathedral  on 14 September. The service was led by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell, accompanied by the Bishops of Plymouth and Crediton, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral and Devon’s four archdeacons. Music was provided by Exeter Cathedral Choir, who…

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Bishop joins pupils to celebrate school’s 300 years

Bishop joins pupils to celebrate school’s 300 years

Posted: 13th September, 2019

Pupils from Lady Modiford’s school, Walkhampton,  celebrating its 300th anniversary, were joined by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell, for a special service of Thanksgiving at the village’s St Mary’s Church, on 9 September. The service included a performance of “The Vicar’s Cross” a specially written musical by composer Andrew Wilson. Set in the 19th Century, it tells the story of a local Vicar who tries to reform his parishioners and ends…

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Bishop to ordain 14 new ministers to “most rewarding job in world”

Bishop to ordain 14 new ministers to “most rewarding job in world”

Posted: 13th September, 2019

A former mental health nurse, a previous Great British Bake-off contestant, a business manager and a trained puppeteer are among the 14 men and women being ordained as new church ministers in a ceremony at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 14 September. This year, nine women and five men are being ordained. The ordinations follow a rigorous selection process and several years of training at theological colleges, including the South West Ministry Training Course, based in…

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‘Climate Emergency: Protesting For Change’

‘Climate Emergency: Protesting For Change’

Posted: 11th September, 2019

Chris Keppie, Church & Society Officer, reflects on Exeter Cathedral’s Holy Ground service on 7 September: This month’s Holy Ground service at Exeter Cathedral was on ‘Climate Emergency: Protesting For Change’. It was extraordinarily powerful, both the hard-hitting content and challenges presented by the two guest speakers; and also the creative use of space for discussion, reflection, prayer, music and Eucharist after these talks, beautifully led by Canon Chris Palmer and a host of helpers….

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