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Growing the Rural Church Goes Digital to Help Rural Churches Thrive

Growing the Rural Church Goes Digital to Help Rural Churches Thrive

Posted: 8th March, 2021

The new Growing the Rural Church online resource hub to help rural churches ‘grow and thrive’ has been launched by the Bishop of Exeter. Growing the Rural Church (GtRC) is a Diocese of Exeter pilot project funded by the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund. Its aim is to resource rural mission communities to creatively use their talents and buildings to connect with their communities and landscapes to develop sustainable futures. Growing the Rural Church…

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The Women in Ministry who ‘Choose to Challenge’ for International Women’s Day 2021

The Women in Ministry who ‘Choose to Challenge’ for International Women’s Day 2021

Posted: 8th March, 2021

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is Choose to Challenge. The Rev’d Prebendary Jackie Taylor, Dean of Women in Ministry for the Diocese of Exeter and Rector of Kingsbridge, Dodbrooke and West Alvington in South Devon, speaks here about some of the challenges she has faced and the women who have been her role models: Did you face challenges on your journey to ordination? “When I first felt a real sense of God’s…

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Church of England Curate’s Home Damaged By Exeter WW2 Bomb Blast

Church of England Curate’s Home Damaged By Exeter WW2 Bomb Blast

Posted: 5th March, 2021

A Church of England curate and his family may have to wait months for their home to be fully repaired, after it was badly damaged when a WW2 bomb was detonated just metres away in a controlled explosion. The Reverend Ash Leighton Plom and his wife and son live in the property closest to the field in Exeter where the bomb was discovered on Friday 26 February. They were forced to flee along with thousands…

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Churches Support School Families With Chocolate and A Bible Verse

Churches Support School Families With Chocolate and A Bible Verse

Posted: 1st March, 2021

Two churches in South Devon sent local families who were home schooling a chocolate-themed gift pack as a way of showing them the church community was thinking about them. Sarah Chapman, the new families worker for the Modbury Mission Community, said she got the idea from a fellow children’s worker. She sent chocolates, hot chocolate sachets and a card to a number of families the churches have contact with. The card read “You’re not alone…

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Bishop Eats Local For Lent

Bishop Eats Local For Lent

Posted: 26th February, 2021

The Bishop of Plymouth is supporting South West businesses during Lent by only eating local produce. The Right Reverend Nick McKinnel and his wife are only eating food sourced in Devon and Cornwall until Easter Sunday on 4 April. Bishop Nick, who is Devonian by birth, said “This seems a helpful way to support local producers, as well as reducing the need for air and road transport, though admittedly it does go a little against…

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World Day Of Prayer 2021: Building A Strong Foundation

World Day Of Prayer 2021: Building A Strong Foundation

Posted: 26th February, 2021

One of the countries in the Diocese of Exeter’s link, Diocese of Melanesia, is to host this year’s World Day of Prayer on 5 March. Women in the Pacific island of Vanuatu have created a service for use around the world with the theme Build a Strong Foundation. Katie Drew, who lives in Devon and is the Executive Officer for the Melanesian Mission UK, said “Many people in Devon, know of the Diocese’s historic link…

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