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New role for man who brought great creativity to Devon

New role for man who brought great creativity to Devon

Posted: 13th August, 2020

Revd Jon Marlow, the Diocese of Exeter’s Mission Community Development Team Leader, is to take up an exciting new role as the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury. Jon moved to Devon in 2006 to start his curacy at St. Matthew’s Elburton and has spent the last 14 years based in Plymouth. He became vicar of St. Pancras, Pennycross in 2010 and moved to his current role as Mission…

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A Vicar Who is Scared of Heights Will Attempt to Climb Church Spire

A Vicar Who is Scared of Heights Will Attempt to Climb Church Spire

Posted: 11th August, 2020

A Torquay vicar is hoping to overcome his fear of heights and climb to the top of the church spire to raise money for urgent repairs. St Mary Magdalene (St Mags)  is covered in scaffolding at present for external repairs which were funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  But while the work has been going on, £7,000 of repairs are now needed in the kitchen which is a vital part of…

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Face Covering Mission

Face Covering Mission

Posted: 10th August, 2020

Vera Tooke, a Reader at the Hartland Coast Mission Community, has used her time during lockdown to sew over 1400 face coverings, all in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Vera explained how she got started on this mammoth sewing project: “I got involved with a local group making scrubs and other things for the NHS, at the beginning of lockdown. One day there was a request from the local surgery asking if anyone could make some…

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Live Swift Cams in Dartmoor Church

Live Swift Cams in Dartmoor Church

Posted: 7th August, 2020

The bell tower at St Michael the Archangel in Chagford has become a nesting site for Common Swifts for the first time in over 25 years. Last week, Nick Baker, a local naturalist and TV presenter, hosted a livestream from the church, which was broadcast on the RSPB England Facebook page and featured live camera feeds of the swifts nesting in the church and a live Q&A with Nick. Nick said: “There were swifts in…

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Stepping Out of the Boat: An Online Service by the Archdeacon of Exeter

Posted: 7th August, 2020

The Archdeacon of Exeter is leading an online service on Sunday 9 August, on the subject of ‘Stepping Out of the Boat.’ The Venerable Andrew Beane, Archdeacon of Exeter, said: “Perhaps we can all think of a time when we have had to take a risk, try something new, a moment when we like Peter in our Gospel Reading have had to ‘step out of the boat’, and trust God as we head out on…

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Rural Church Receives Grant Which Will Help Bring The Community Together

Rural Church Receives Grant Which Will Help Bring The Community Together

Posted: 31st July, 2020

St Sylvester’s Church in Chivelstone, Devon has received a grant of £384,300 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Renovation and Community project. The project will focus on weatherproofing the church to preserve its medieval heritage and enable it to be used by the whole community for open days, concerts, plays and events. The Ven. Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes, said: “This is the fruit of hugely imaginative and committed work by a small…

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