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Devon’s churches embrace weekend of weddings and worship

Devon’s churches embrace weekend of weddings and worship

Posted: 3rd July, 2020

Churches in Devon are holding their first weddings and public services in their buildings since March, following a change in the government’s coronavirus guidance. From 4 July, weddings with up to 30 people present will be permitted. The Reverend Sue Astbury is conducting a wedding at St Nicholas Church in Shaldon on Saturday. “The signing of the register will go ahead but with extra precautions, for example hand sanitizer will be used on the pen…

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Weddings and worship in Devon’s church buildings from 4 July

Weddings and worship in Devon’s church buildings from 4 July

Posted: 23rd June, 2020

Church leaders in Devon have welcomed the news that services, including weddings, will be able to take place in church buildings from 4 July. But they have also said it would be wrong to “close the virtual door” to the growing number of people who have been attending online church services during lockdown by ceasing to produce them. The Government announced the changes to the rules for places of worship along with new guidance about…

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Swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice

Swapping Cream Teas and Cricket for Footie and Fried Rice

Posted: 19th June, 2020

A pilot project in Plymouth aims to unify communities from different cultural backgrounds by sharing recipes, sport and life experiences. Food hampers and sports sets have been delivered across the city as part of the Unifying Plymouth initiative. Nigerian meal kits have been given to 25, mainly white, British families. They contain all the ingredients needed to make Dafa Duka (Nigerian Fried Rice), a recipe card and a magazine about Nigeria’s national sport, football. “If…

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Devon churches prepare to open for prayer

Devon churches prepare to open for prayer

Posted: 12th June, 2020

Churches across Devon are preparing to open their buildings following changes to the Government guidance on places of worship. People are now be able to enter some of the county’s 600 churches for private prayer. Funerals can also take place in churches from 15 June and most parishes are waiting until Monday or later to open to allow time for physical distancing measures to be put in place. Around half of vicars in Devon who…

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Thy Kingdom Come Zoom Prayer Room is a Hit

Posted: 12th June, 2020

The Reverend James Grier is a happy man. The Diocese of Exeter’s Mission Enabler had been worried that running a continuous 10-day,  24 hours a day prayer room on Zoom would be hard to get people to sign up to and he would end up doing the lonely overnight slots on his own. But in the end, the prayer room, which was part of the international Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative, exceeded expectations. Over 500…

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New Doorstep Church brings Devon neighbours together

New Doorstep Church brings Devon neighbours together

Posted: 5th June, 2020

Doorstep Church grew from an Easter Sunday lockdown sing song on a suburban North Devon street. The Reverend Andy Dodwell, the vicar of St John the Baptist church in Newport, Barnstaple, explains: “We went out of our house on Easter Sunday and eventually about 15 of us joined together to sing random requests of hymns. “We stood around chatting in the sunshine, kids rode bikes and people made comments like ‘We think more people would…

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