A group of churches on Dartmoor has installed “Trim Trail” prayer trails through its churchyards as a way of welcoming families and encouraging people to engage with prayer while also getting fit. The idea for the trails at St Andrew’s Church in Ashburton, St Mary’s in Holne and St Peter’s Buckland-in-the-Moor came about during the January lockdown. Heidi Lewis, the Mission and Families Development Worker, said “With another lockdown in full swing we wondered what…Read More »
The Bishop of Crediton is supporting widespread calls to boost the number of people receiving coronavirus vaccines worldwide. The Right Reverend Jackie Searle is encouraging people to donate the cost of their vaccines to charities like Christian Aid and Unicef which are working to get Covid-19 vaccines to the people who need them. She said: “Following my first dose of the vaccine, I made a donation to Christian Aid in thanksgiving and in recognition that…Read More »
A new film depicting a Devon church reaching out to the poor and marginalised in Victorian Torbay features local actors who have faced homelessness and addiction themselves. The Rich and The Pure has been produced by the Unleashed Drama Company for St Mary Magdalene’s (known as St Mags), Torquay, as part of its National Heritage Lottery Funded INSPIRE project. The film is based on the true story of how St Mags Church became the first…Read More »
A Devon artist has recreated one of Exeter Cathedral’s religious paintings of Mary and the infant Jesus as a photo pastiche, as a way of showing the realities of modern motherhood. Anna Grayson is one of the first artists to exhibit at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), in Exeter, which has just re-opened after lockdown. The former BBC science journalist and broadcaster from Teignmouth studied art in Exeter after retiring and started making “updated”…Read More »
The Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, which is linked with the Diocese of Exeter, said “Christians ought to be in prayer and solidarity with everyone who is grievously suffering” in Gaza and Israel at the moment “irrespective of identity.” The Most Reverend Michael Lewis, who is also Archbishop-Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, added “At the same time, Christians need to read and listen widely and deeply to understand what…Read More »
Churches in Devon are being encouraged to consider their cultural heritage, including monuments, memorials and headstones.
It follows new Church of England guidance addressing concerns over memorials with links to slavery or other contested heritage…