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Tributes to Bishop Nick at Farewell Service

Tributes to Bishop Nick at Farewell Service

Posted: 24th July, 2022

Tributes have been paid to the Bishop of Plymouth at a farewell service to mark his retirement after 42 years in ministry. The Rt. Rev’d Nick McKinnel has been a bishop in the Diocese of Exeter since 2012 and was previously a parish vicar. Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday 24 July for a Choral Evensong to say goodbye. During his sermon, Bishop Nick thanked them for their support and said…

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Bishop of Plymouth Says He Has Enjoyed “Being a Shepherd and an Encourager”

Bishop of Plymouth Says He Has Enjoyed “Being a Shepherd and an Encourager”

Posted: 19th July, 2022

The Bishop of Plymouth, who is to retire this summer after 42 years in ministry, said during his time as bishop he had most enjoyed seeing “God’s spirit changing people and renewing churches.” The Rt. Rev’d Nick McKinnel, 68, has been Bishop of Plymouth since 2015. He was previously Bishop of Crediton and acted in the role of diocesan bishop in the interregnum following the retirement of the previous Bishop of Exeter. Bishop Nick, who…

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New Bishop of Plymouth is Coming Home

New Bishop of Plymouth is Coming Home

Posted: 6th July, 2022

The Rev’d Prebendary James Grier has been appointed as the new Bishop of Plymouth. James grew up in Plymouth and has already served in the Diocese of Exeter for a number of years. He said: “I cannot think of a greater privilege than to become the Bishop of Plymouth. “For so many Plymothians, Plymouth always holds a very special place in our hearts which you never lose, wherever you live. I can’t quite believe that I…

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Devon Churches ‘demonstrate the love of Jesus’ at County Show

Devon Churches ‘demonstrate the love of Jesus’ at County Show

Posted: 5th July, 2022

Christians from different denominations welcomed visitors to the Devon Churches area at The Devon County Show at Westpoint this year. The churches area was bustling with live performances, children’s activities and even an inflatable bungee run. Rev’d Preb. James Grier, the Diocese of Exeter Mission Enabler, who was one of the organisers, said: “Despite somewhat dubious weather, we had a fantastic 3 days at the Devon County Show.” “It was so good to be able…

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New Cultivate Journal Aims to Help Devon’s Christians Go Deeper

New Cultivate Journal Aims to Help Devon’s Christians Go Deeper

Posted: 5th July, 2022

The Diocese of Exeter has started a new journal about Christian faith which is written by and for people in Devon. Cultivate will be published four times a year and the first edition is now available for download. It aims to encourage lifelong learning as a way of growing as disciples and also be a source of encouragement and a place to share ideas and generate new thinking. Its editor is Dr Jon Curtis, Lay…

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Bishop of Exeter ‘Delighted’ With New Book To Help Village Churches Thrive

Bishop of Exeter ‘Delighted’ With New Book To Help Village Churches Thrive

Posted: 27th June, 2022

The Bishop of Exeter is the driving force behind a new book about village churches which aims to help them flourish and thrive as the beating heart of their communities. How Village Churches Thrive has been published by the Church of England with a foreword by the Comedian Hugh Dennis, whose father was a vicar and a bishop. It is aimed at church members and is packed with practical advice and examples of good practice…

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