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Churches celebrating Mothering Sunday online

Churches celebrating Mothering Sunday online

Posted: 20th March, 2020

The Church of England in Devon will be broadcasting a specially adapted ‘service’ led by the Bishop of Crediton from Exeter Cathedral on Mothering Sunday. The service has been pre-recorded after the Church of England announced public church services would be suspended to help combat coronavirus. The film also features several choristers from Exeter Cathedral Choir and will be broadcast on the Dicoese of Exeter Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media channels on Sunday…

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Doing church differently but not shutting up shop

Doing church differently but not shutting up shop

Posted: 17th March, 2020

Public church services across Devon are to be suspended but church buildings are to remain open for prayer and reflection to reflect the Government’s coronavirus guidance. The decision was announced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Church of England’s Public Health Advisor, the Reverend Doctor Brendan McCarthy said: “This isn’t about shutting up shop for the church. “We want to keep the prayer life of the country as active as possible at this…

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Business as Unusual

Business as Unusual

Posted: 17th March, 2020

“It’s not no business, it’s not business as usual, it’s business as unusual. It is doing the normal abnormally.” The Church of England in Devon has suspended a number of events and meetings in the light of the Government’s coronavirus guidance but is working alongside Devon’s churches to provide practical and pastoral community support and find new ways of meeting together even if it cannot be physically. Clarification from the national Church of England about…

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Appointment of new Mission Adviser for Children

Appointment of new Mission Adviser for Children

Posted: 12th March, 2020

A new Missions Adviser for children aged 5 to 11 years has been appointed to work with the Mission and Ministry team at the Diocese of Exeter. Helen Williams, who is originally from Devon but is currently working in Richmond, will join the diocese in the summer. Helen grew up on the family farm outside Hemyock in East Devon.   She worked as children’s worker for six rural parishes in Sampford Peverell, whilst studying for a…

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Diocese Offering £200,000 to Match-Fund Mission Projects

Diocese Offering £200,000 to Match-Fund Mission Projects

Posted: 12th March, 2020

In April the Diocese of Exeter is launching a new Mission and Growth Fund. This will be open to Mission Communities for projects specifically aimed at reaching children, young people and families. A pot of £200,000 has been made available and Mission Communities will be able to apply for grants of up to £20,000 for a project. Each proposal will need to demonstrate how it will meet the Diocesan Vision of ‘Making New Disciples’ in…

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Church closed for cleaning after churchgoer tests positive for Coronavirus

Church closed for cleaning after churchgoer tests positive for Coronavirus

Posted: 6th March, 2020

A church in South Devon has been temporarily closed for cleaning after someone who was at a service on 1 March tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). There were about 50 people present at the Holy Communion Service at St Mary the Virgin church in Churston Ferrers, near Brixham. People who were there, including the vicar, have been informed and asked to contact Public Health England for advice, including whether they should self-isolate for two weeks….

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