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Sharing the Love Online

Sharing the Love Online

Posted: 9th February, 2021

This year Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Sunday, will be marked for most of us by a night in rather than a night out. One group of churches in West Devon has decided to bring people together online by organising a Valentine’s wine tasting quiz. The event within the South Tamar Mission Community, near Tavistock, been organised by volunteer Annie Jeffries, Chair of the House of Laity, who represents lay members of Devon’s churches…

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St Raphael’s Healing Snowdrop Ministry

St Raphael’s Healing Snowdrop Ministry

Posted: 1st February, 2021

Tony Parker is Deputy Churchwarden at the Chapel of St Raphael, Huccaby, at an idyllic spot on Dartmoor, next to the River Dart. He says that in non-Covid times around 1000 people a year visit to see the snowdrops which grow abundantly in the churchyard. The retired Police Detective from Sunderland says the best time to see them is between Candlemas, at the beginning of February, and Mothering Sunday in March. He says the snowdrops,…

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Urgent Call for New Governors to Help Devon’s Schools During Pandemic

Urgent Call for New Governors to Help Devon’s Schools During Pandemic

Posted: 1st February, 2021

Schools across Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay, urgently need new governors as they continue to deal with the coronavirus crisis. The Diocese of Exeter, which has responsibility for the county’s 133 Church of England schools, is re-launching its Be A Governor campaign in order to meet the need for volunteer governors on the frontline at this time. Christina Mabin, the Diocesan Education Advisor with responsibility for Governance and a primary school governor herself, said, “Governors…

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Plans for New Torbay Church Plant Get Stage One Funding Approval

Plans for New Torbay Church Plant Get Stage One Funding Approval

Posted: 26th January, 2021

Plans for a new resource church in Torbay have successfully passed Stage 1 of a bid for funding from the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund. The proposed ‘Bay Church’ would be based at St Andrew’s church in Paignton. “We want to see many more people experience something of the life-changing and hopeful message of Christ” Bishop of Plymouth A resource church works closely with the bishop to intentionally resource mission across an area by…

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Bishop Calls for Candlemas Day of Prayer for Devon’s Schools

Bishop Calls for Candlemas Day of Prayer for Devon’s Schools

Posted: 26th January, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter has called for a Diocesan Day of Prayer for all schools across Devon on Tuesday February 2. It is hoped that churches and individuals will take time during the day to pray for school staff, pupils and families, for the work being done to deal with the coronavirus pandemic now and for future recovery planning. Devon has some of the highest numbers of pupils still attending school in England during this…

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Reflections from a Church Treasurer

Reflections from a Church Treasurer

Posted: 18th January, 2021

Church Treasurer, Maureen Richards, met with our Missions Resources Adviser, Brigit Kiyaga, to reflect on how the pandemic has affected the activities and finances at her church in Combe Martin. As a church they are a member of the Parish Giving Scheme and have continued to receive regular income in this way. Various digital giving mechanisms have also been set up, ready for when visitors can, once again, come in. Read the interview: Tell me…

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