Latest Diocesan News

Share this page     

Plans for New Torbay Church Plant Get Stage One Funding Approval

Plans for New Torbay Church Plant Get Stage One Funding Approval

Posted: 26th January, 2021

Plans for a new resource church in Torbay have successfully passed Stage 1 of a bid for funding from the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund. The proposed ‘Bay Church’ would be based at St Andrew’s church in Paignton. “We want to see many more people experience something of the life-changing and hopeful message of Christ” Bishop of Plymouth A resource church works closely with the bishop to intentionally resource mission across an area by…

Read More »
Bishop Calls for Candlemas Day of Prayer for Devon’s Schools

Bishop Calls for Candlemas Day of Prayer for Devon’s Schools

Posted: 26th January, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter has called for a Diocesan Day of Prayer for all schools across Devon on Tuesday February 2. It is hoped that churches and individuals will take time during the day to pray for school staff, pupils and families, for the work being done to deal with the coronavirus pandemic now and for future recovery planning. Devon has some of the highest numbers of pupils still attending school in England during this…

Read More »
Reflections from a Church Treasurer

Reflections from a Church Treasurer

Posted: 18th January, 2021

Church Treasurer, Maureen Richards, met with our Missions Resources Adviser, Brigit Kiyaga, to reflect on how the pandemic has affected the activities and finances at her church in Combe Martin. As a church they are a member of the Parish Giving Scheme and have continued to receive regular income in this way. Various digital giving mechanisms have also been set up, ready for when visitors can, once again, come in. Read the interview: Tell me…

Read More »
Tackling Pandemic Poverty in Rural Devon

Tackling Pandemic Poverty in Rural Devon

Posted: 15th January, 2021

A charity which tackles homelessness in rural Devon says during the Covid-19 pandemic it has been five times busier than it would be normally. The Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT), based in Tiverton, runs a foodbank and has a support and advice team who help people with housing issues, tenancy support and debt and money management. During the past year they have also been working with local schools, churches and supermarkets to deliver more than…

Read More »
Shining Lights in Lockdown

Shining Lights in Lockdown

Posted: 12th January, 2021

With the Christmas season ending, and 2021 bringing with it a new national lockdown, many are in need of some light in their lives. Rev’d Preb. James Grier, our Diocesan Mission Enabler, has shared a simple way we can bring light to those in our communities. The idea is to simply put a light in your window for others to see as a reminder of Christmas and of Christ’s love. James says he was inspired…

Read More »
Bishop welcomes decision to keep churches open during lockdown

Bishop welcomes decision to keep churches open during lockdown

Posted: 6th January, 2021

The Bishop of Exeter has welcomed the Government’s decision to allow church buildings to stay open in this current lockdown. Under the latest Government guidance, churches are permitted to remain open for communal worship and private prayer and people are allowed to leave home to attend church. Funerals and weddings can also take place in church buildings, although weddings can only happen in exceptional circumstances. Bishop Robert said “The fact that in this third national lockdown…

Read More »