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Overcoming Covid Challenges: An Interview with a Parish Treasurer

Overcoming Covid Challenges: An Interview with a Parish Treasurer

Posted: 14th December, 2020

Mike Jefferies is the treasurer of St Peter’s Church in Lamerton on the edge of Dartmoor.  In an interview with our Mission Resources Adviser, Brigit Kiyaga, Mike shares how the pandemic had a significant impact on their finances. Half of their income, normally raised by fundraising activities, was lost over night. After a request was sent out to the community they received generous responses and as a result the parish is today in a stronger…

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Exeter Cathedral Choir releases ‘singalong’ carol service

Exeter Cathedral Choir releases ‘singalong’ carol service

Posted: 11th December, 2020

Exeter Cathedral Choir has filmed a special singalong Carol Service for people to join in at home across Devon and beyond. It is also hoped that churches and other organisations, like care homes, prisons, schools and hospitals, will show the service in a year in which normal carol services will not be possible in some places. The Covid-19 regulations mean church congregations cannot currently sing inside the building, although singing outside is permitted and choirs…

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Churches Plan Car Park Carol Service

Churches Plan Car Park Carol Service

Posted: 10th December, 2020

Churches in East Devon are planning a Covid-safe car park Carol Service in a supermarket carpark. The service is taking place at Tesco’s in Axminster at 4.30pm on Sunday 13 December. People are being invited to come in cars or on foot to “sing their hearts out” in a socially-distanced way. There will also be a prize for the best-decorated car and people are being encouraged to “wrap-up warm and bring a torch”. The event…

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Christmas Bags for Care Homes

Christmas Bags for Care Homes

Posted: 8th December, 2020

A church community in West Devon has organised a special Covid-safe Christmas celebration for residents of two local care homes. Volunteers in Lamerton have made-up 65 Christmas gift bags containing hand-held angels and crosses knitted by ladies in the village, a large-print copy of the carol Away in a Manger, diabetic chocolates, a prayer card with The Lords Prayer on it and a large print copy of the Christmas story. Children from Lamerton Church of…

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Devon Churches Get Creative for a Covid-Safe Christmas

Devon Churches Get Creative for a Covid-Safe Christmas

Posted: 1st December, 2020

Churches across Devon are planning a mix of online and in person Christmas services and events this year in order to celebrate the birth of Jesus in a safe and inclusive way. Starcross in south Devon is holding a Christmas Carol Trail from 13 December. Homeowners have been invited to decorate their window or front garden as their favourite Christmas carol. Organiser Claire Johns said, “We hope that choosing a carol to decorate will encourage…

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Bishop Takes Bath for Christian Aid Christmas Soap Appeal

Bishop Takes Bath for Christian Aid Christmas Soap Appeal

Posted: 30th November, 2020

The humble bar of soap has become a key tool in the global fight against coronavirus across the world this year and the Bishop of Plymouth is joining with the charity Christian Aid to encourage people to put it at the top of their 2020 Christmas list. The charity is hoping people will buy the traditional Christmas gift of soap for the world’s most vulnerable people as well as for loved ones closer to home…

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