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£384,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant Pays for Restoration of Medieval Devon Church for the Community

£384,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant Pays for Restoration of Medieval Devon Church for the Community

Posted: 12th July, 2021

A year after receiving a £384,300  from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, St Sylvester’s Church, Chivelstone, is now watertight with facilities and furnishings enabling it to be used by the whole community. The funding has allowed for new bathroom and shower to be fitted as well as a new stairway to the bell ringing chamber. Church warden, Vicky Tucker is looking forward to the renovations “making it a far nicer area for the services and…

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How the Parish Giving Scheme Has Helped A Devon Parish Over The Pandemic

How the Parish Giving Scheme Has Helped A Devon Parish Over The Pandemic

Posted: 12th July, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has been a strain on the finances of many churches across Devon and the rest of the country. James Devonport, Parish Treasurer at St John the Baptist church in Paignton, explains how the Parish Giving Scheme has been a helpful resource for him and his parish to support the mission and ministry of the church. “The various lockdowns have had an effect on the churches in our parishes financially. With the various…

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Devon County Show Chaplains Offer “A Touch of God’s Love”

Devon County Show Chaplains Offer “A Touch of God’s Love”

Posted: 6th July, 2021

Volunteer chaplains were out and about at the Devon County Show this year for the first time. The chaplains, from churches across Devon, were tasked with walking around the showground at Westpoint, near Exeter, chatting to people they met and offering to pray with them. The initiative was part of the Churches Together presence at the show which saw Christians from different denominations running children’s activities, performing live music, talking to people and praying with them…

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Devon Pilgrim Invites Us to ‘Take a Journey of the Heart’

Devon Pilgrim Invites Us to ‘Take a Journey of the Heart’

Posted: 6th July, 2021

New pilgrimage routes linking Devon’s historic churches and ancient holy sites are part of a new project that launched at the Devon County Show. Devon Pilgrim aims to offer all the inspiration and information people need to “take a journey of the heart”. It has been created by the Diocese of Exeter’s Growing the Rural Church team, working with churches and other volunteers across the region. Sarah Cracknell, the Growing the Rural Church Project Manager,…

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Devon Church Gets Grant For Digital Equipment To Connect With People Online

Devon Church Gets Grant For Digital Equipment To Connect With People Online

Posted: 29th June, 2021

St Andrew’s Church in Cullompton has been awarded a £52,000 grant to upgrade its digital capabilities after applying to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The fund was set up to offer support for cultural institutions whose finances were affected by the pandemic. The funding has enabled new cameras and livestreaming equipment to be installed in the 15th Century building, as well as new staging and lighting. It also allows the church to pay administrative team…

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Over 3500 Christians Join South West Coast Path Chain of Prayer

Over 3500 Christians Join South West Coast Path Chain of Prayer

Posted: 22nd June, 2021

Over 3500 Christians from churches from across the South West of England took part in a huge “chain of prayer” along the South West Coast Path on Saturday 19 June to pray  for the region. The South West Awake event saw individuals, couples and church groups standing along the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path to pray for the people of Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. The churches involved spanned different denominations including…

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