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Bishop of Plymouth leads VE Day 75th Anniversary Service

Bishop of Plymouth leads VE Day 75th Anniversary Service

Posted: 6th May, 2020

The Church of England in Devon is commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) with a special service led by the Bishop of Plymouth. It has been pre-recorded and will be made live on the Diocese of Exeter website, YouTube channel and Facebook page at 1000 on Friday 8 May. Bishop Nick McKinnel recorded his sections of the service by the naval war memorial on Plymouth Hoe. He said: “8 May…

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Sewing their support: Exeter Cathedral tapisers making NHS scrubs

Sewing their support: Exeter Cathedral tapisers making NHS scrubs

Posted: 1st May, 2020

A group of Exeter Cathedral needleworkers have swapped vestments and kneelers for NHS scrubs, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The volunteers started stitching together the scrubs two weeks ago and have already completed 10 sets of scrubs, with another 14 in progress. The Exeter Cathedral response was initiated by Sally Hulin of the Company of Tapisers, in response to a call from Mid Devon Scrubs Angels. Since starting the scrubs production line, Ms Hulin…

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Churches adapt with “remarkable speed” to online services

Churches adapt with “remarkable speed” to online services

Posted: 1st May, 2020

A survey by the Diocese of Exeter has found that the speed with which churches in Devon have adapted to their buildings being closed by offering worship online and on the phone has been “nothing short of remarkable”. The Worship In Lockdown  survey was carried out five weeks after the coronvirus restrictions were implemented and had 199 respondents. It asked what technology churches were using to broadcast services, hold meetings and communicate with members and…

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Downing Street Names Devon Vicar As New Bishop of Lewes

Downing Street Names Devon Vicar As New Bishop of Lewes

Posted: 29th April, 2020

Devon vicar Will Hazlewood is to become the new Bishop of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester. He is currently vicar of Dartmouth and Dittisham. The announcement was made by 10 Downing Street this morning at 10am. It was followed with a video appearance by Will alongside the Diocesan Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, and the Reverend Ruth Bushyager, who is to serve as the new Bishop of Horsham, also in Chichester Diocese. It…

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Taking school assemblies into homes

Taking school assemblies into homes

Posted: 24th April, 2020

Robin Budgell has over twenty years experience as a teaching in primary and secondary schools, which means he’s well equipped to now be filming and broadcasting school assemblies from his home. Robin is the Children, Families and Schools worker for The Sampford Peverell Team Mission Community (SPTMC), near Tiverton. He has five primary schools in his patch, the largest number of any mission community in Devon and has been in the role since September. Robin…

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Bishop of Exeter appoints new chaplain

Bishop of Exeter appoints new chaplain

Posted: 23rd April, 2020

The Bishop of Exeter has announced that the Reverend Nigel Mason has been appointed as his new chaplain. Nigel is currently an Associate Priest in the White Cross Mission Community in Exeter. He was previously Chaplain to Hospicare Exeter. Nigel said: “After 23 years in the Church of England I have huge respect for the episcopal order. “I am looking forward to working with Bishop Robert and his staff and with colleagues in the Diocese…

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