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New Church of England School Opens in Okehampton

New Church of England School Opens in Okehampton

Posted: 5th September, 2018

Okehampton’s new primary school has welcomed its first reception pupils just nine months after getting the green light from the Department for Education. Established to cater for the increasing demand for pupil places, St James Church of England Primary and Nursery School will offer a distinctive Christian ethos and a focus on outdoor learning and education. The school opened its doors on Tuesday 4th September.  The founding class of twelve pupils marked the occasion with…

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All Saints Church Okehampton has created a quiet space for prayer and reflection

All Saints Church Okehampton has created a quiet space for prayer and reflection

Posted: 30th August, 2018

All Saints Church in Okehampton has created a seated sanctuary round the stump of a recently felled Cedar tree in one of its churchyards. A crown, with a prayer engraved onto it, has been placed on top of the stump and four contoured benches have been added. The project came about following the Devon Living Churchyards Conference at Buckfast Abbey last year and a visit from David Curry, the diocese’s Voluntary Environment Advisor. David Back,…

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Christians urged to sign up for daily emails to help them focus on the environment during Creationtide

Christians urged to sign up for daily emails to help them focus on the environment during Creationtide

Posted: 23rd August, 2018

Christians with an interest in the environment are being urged to sign up for daily mailings of resources, prayers and reflections during Creationtide. Creationtide runs from September 1 to St Francis Day, October 4. This year the mailings from EcoChurch South West will focus on ideas for action to help local churches work through the Eco Church award scheme. The Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, said: “The psalmist reminds us that ‘the earth is the…

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Songs of Praise is coming to Exeter

Songs of Praise is coming to Exeter

Posted: 23rd August, 2018

The Songs of Praise team are recording at St David’s Church, Exeter on the evening of 6 September. The recording will be of worship songs and traditional hymns led by a renowned worship leader and band. The music will be filmed for BBC One’s Songs of Praise and will be broadcast in future editions of the programme; including the episode celebrating Harvest in the Exeter area. For more details, please contact the team at SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv or call on 0161 873 7073. Songs…

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Exeter hosts groups of Anglicans from ‘twin’ dioceses in Africa and the Middle East

Exeter hosts groups of Anglicans from ‘twin’ dioceses in Africa and the Middle East

Posted: 25th July, 2018

A top-level delegation of 15 Anglicans from Kenya, Cyprus and the Middle East are visiting Exeter this week. They are being hosted by members of the Church of England in Devon. The visitors are being led by the Rt Revd Julius Wanyoike, Bishop of Thika, in Kenya, and The Rt Revd Michael Lewis, who is Bishop of Cyprus and The Gulf. The host delegation is being led by the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of…

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Bishop Robert urges Christians to stand in solidarity with Jewish neighbours

Bishop Robert urges Christians to stand in solidarity with Jewish neighbours

Posted: 25th July, 2018

The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, has issued a statement following the alleged attack on Exeter Synagogue on Saturday night. Bishop Robert said: “I was horrified to hear what happened at Exeter Synagogue at the weekend. “I cannot comment on the specific circumstances, because the incident is the subject of an ongoing police enquiry. However, it comes against a backdrop of the highest ever number of recorded anti-semitic incidents in the United…

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