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Queen Gifts Maundy Money to “Astonishing” Devon Churchwarden

Queen Gifts Maundy Money to “Astonishing” Devon Churchwarden

Posted: 1st April, 2021

A churchwarden from Devon is one of four people from across the county to receive Maundy money this year from the Queen. Sidney Adams, 87, said he was “honoured and overwhelmed” to receive the gift, which her Majesty traditionally distributes to people over 70 on Maundy Thursday. Sidney has been churchwarden of St Mary and St Gregory’s church in Frithelstock, near Great Torrington, for 37 years. He is a retired military policeman, played in the…

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Easter Message of Hope Carved Into Bigbury Beach on South Devon Coast

Easter Message of Hope Carved Into Bigbury Beach on South Devon Coast

Posted: 30th March, 2021

A Devon farmer has used his tractor to create a giant piece of sand art with the message Easter = Hope on Bigbury Beach, near Modbury. The installation was filmed from above by a drone while the words were ploughed into the sand. The Rev’d Matt Rowland, vicar of the Modbury Mission Community, had the idea for the message to remind people of the hope the events of Easter brought to Jesus’ followers 2000 years…

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Pandemic Reflections From Across Devon’s Church Community

Pandemic Reflections From Across Devon’s Church Community

Posted: 22nd March, 2021

On March 23 2020, the day after Mothering Sunday, Boris Johnson announced the first coronavirus lockdown in a televised address which many of us will remember watching. The lockdown included the closure of schools, church buildings and workplaces and the suspension of much of life as we knew it. Here eight people from churches across Devon reflect on their experiences and how their faith has been impacted over the last 12 months: Jon Devereux is…

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Bishop Leads Lockdown Anniversary Reflection in Exeter Cathedral

Bishop Leads Lockdown Anniversary Reflection in Exeter Cathedral

Posted: 20th March, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter has lead an Act of Reflection in Exeter Cathedral to mark the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown on 23 March 2020. Bishop Robert’s reflection included prayers and the lighting of a candle in memory of those who have died. It was livestreamed via social media and concluded at noon with a minute’s silence followed by the tolling of the Cathedral bells. Bishop Robert said “This day of reflection is really…

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Devon Vicar Designs App for Church Holy Week Trails

Devon Vicar Designs App for Church Holy Week Trails

Posted: 16th March, 2021

A new app that allows churches to create a Holy Week trail around their parish will be released on 21 March on Google Play. The app, Biblical Stations, has been designed and created by Plymouth Vicar, Father Simon Rundell. It gives churches the technology to create a 15 point route with QR codes around their local area for families to follow and hear the Easter story. Each QR code represents one of the traditional Stations…

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Churches In Devon Say It With Flowers

Churches In Devon Say It With Flowers

Posted: 15th March, 2021

Churches in Devon gave out posies of flowers to people in their local communities to mark Mothering Sunday this year. Flowers are traditionally given to women during the Mothering Sunday church service, but this year, because of coronavirus restrictions, some churches decided to take flowers out onto the streets or invite people to collect them instead. At St Andrew’s Church in Ashburton, a team of volunteers made up more than 70 bouquets of flowers which…

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