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New Lay Ministers Licensed in Service Celebrating “Amazing Lay Ministry” Across the Diocese of Exeter

New Lay Ministers Licensed in Service Celebrating “Amazing Lay Ministry” Across the Diocese of Exeter

Posted: 5th October, 2021

Six new Lay Ministers (Readers) were licensed by the Bishop of Exeter to serve in churches across Devon at a special service at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 2 October. Three other lay ministers who have moved to Devon from other dioceses were also licensed to minister in Exeter Diocese.  View a photo gallery here. The new lay ministers were joined by their family and friends and existing Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs)  for the Annual Service…

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New Director of Education Appointed to Serve Devon’s Church of England Schools

New Director of Education Appointed to Serve Devon’s Church of England Schools

Posted: 4th October, 2021

Sue Lockwood has been appointed as the new Education Director for the Diocese of Exeter following a rigorous interview process. Sue has been acting-up in the position for over a year following the retirement of the previous director in early 2020. Her role involves leading the team which provides training and support for Devon’s 134 Church of England primary and secondary schools. Sue said: “I was delighted to get the job and chuffed to bits…

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Wembury Beach Labyrinth Invites People to Pray for the Planet

Wembury Beach Labyrinth Invites People to Pray for the Planet

Posted: 28th September, 2021

Wembury beach was the location for the first beach labyrinth in a new collaboration between Cornish artist Andrew Nicholson and the Diocese of Exeter. The focus of the event was an environmental one: our care for the planet. Beachgoers were invited to walk the circular path of the labyrinth and bring their concerns about the envionment, make a pledge, reflect, pray and give thanks for special places in their lives. “Everyone who went into it…

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Being Ordained as a Priest is “a Special Moment”

Being Ordained as a Priest is “a Special Moment”

Posted: 27th September, 2021

For Reverend Tatiana Wilson her ordination as a priest was a significant moment. She said “It was particularly special because more of my family could be at the service this year, including my parents, now they have been vaccinated.” Tatiana was one of 16 people being ordained priest at churches in Tavistock, Barnstaple, Plymouth, Torquay and Exeter on 25 and 26 September. In the Church of England, ministers are initially ordained as deacons for 12…

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Social and Environmental Justice a Shared Responsibility

Social and Environmental Justice a Shared Responsibility

Posted: 27th September, 2021

Lydia Perris has joined the Diocese of Exeter as its new Social Justice and Creation Care Officer at a time when the focus is on her brief like never before. The Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow is just over a month away and aspects of social justice around universal credit and fuel poverty are also hitting the headlines. The impact of the pandemic on mental health and wellbeing is another huge issue. “I felt…

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School Leaders and Parish Vicar ‘Proud’ and ‘Thrilled’ as New CofE Academy Opens in Paignton

School Leaders and Parish Vicar ‘Proud’ and ‘Thrilled’ as New CofE Academy Opens in Paignton

Posted: 23rd September, 2021

A brand-new Church of England school in Paignton opened its doors to its first pupils on Wednesday 8 September. After many years of meticulous planning, the children in Reception and Nursery joined Julie Edwards, Head of Academy, Vicky Grant, Teacher, and Mandy May, Administrator, for their first day at St Michael’s Church of England Academy. The early years provision (Reception and Nursery) is designed to promote confidence and independence with a focus on developing the…

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