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Lay Ministers Gather From Across Devon for “Inspiring” Online Conference

Lay Ministers Gather From Across Devon for “Inspiring” Online Conference

Posted: 22nd February, 2021

Around 90 Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) from across the Diocese of Exeter gathered on Zoom earlier this month for their annual conference. The theme of the conference was Creation, Compassion and Creativity. It was planned by a team led by Carol Price, the deputy Warden of Readers and included input from Bishop Robert, Bishop Jackie and Bishop Nick. There were also talks on theology and the climate crisis from Professor Chris Southgate, from Exeter University,…

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Devon Churches Have Got Lent 2021 in the Bag

Devon Churches Have Got Lent 2021 in the Bag

Posted: 16th February, 2021

Churches in Devon have come up with ingenious ways to mark Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. St Paul’s Church in Honiton distributed 100 bags to families containing ‘Shrove Tuesday’ kits made up of a lemon, chocolate spread, wooden spoon, pancake recipe, chef’s hat to make, and a book of activities for the 6 weeks of Lent. Families were invited to a Shrove Tuesday morning Zoom session to mix up batter together…

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St Boniface Awards Are A Chance To Honour Unsung Heroes

St Boniface Awards Are A Chance To Honour Unsung Heroes

Posted: 15th February, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter has launched this year’s St Boniface Awards to honour people in Devon’s church communities who have gone above and beyond to “serve with joy” in the county’s churches, church schools and the wider community. Bishop Robert said he would particularly like to see people being nominated who have been working hard to make a difference during the pandemic. He said “The pandemic has been a traumatic time for individuals, families and…

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Lundy Island’s New Spiritual Fellowship

Lundy Island’s New Spiritual Fellowship

Posted: 12th February, 2021

A new spiritual fellowship has been created, linked to the island of Lundy off the North Devon coast. The Fellowship of St Helen’s is named after the island’s church, which stands at one of its highest points. Anyone is able to join the group, which is described as “A way of searching for God in fellowship with others who share a love of Lundy and its church.” Lundy is in the Diocese of Exeter and…

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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 Jefferies, 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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