Serving Our Communities With Joy
The Diocese of Exeter’s vision is “to grow in prayer, make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy”. Whether in urban centres, housing estates, or rural villages, our churches (both people and buildings) are well placed to serve and love our neighbours, often in partnership with other local churches and secular community groups.
Above is a new interactive map (2021) that we are just beginning to populate, which will show a range of social and environmental actions that are based at, or linked to, Anglican churches or diocesan projects. Please click on pins for information in each action’s mini website (what, who, where, when, volunteering, giving etc). We hope that this will help anyone to discover what is on offer (so please share!) It’s also a way for existing or potential church initiatives to see what’s happening (or where there are gaps) and to learn from and support each other.
These Anglican projects also appear in regional and national maps hosted by adoddle.org, a brilliant community mapping CIC who are kindly helping us with this diocese-specific embedded map. Please click here to see them alongside projects from other denominations and faith groups, and secular charities etc.
If you would like to share your church-based/related project on to this map (it’s really easy!), please do so through our diocese-specific adoddle link here. We’d also encourage you to promote through Devon’s Pinpoint service also.
If you have any questions, on how to view / filter the map, or more guidance and support to upload, please emailour Church & Society Officer.
Local churches across Devon provide lunch and games clubs to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, dementia friendly cafes and pastoral visiting, messy churches for children (and parents!), foodbanks and larders, food and support to homeless people, community sponsorship of refugees, debt counselling, modern slavery awareness, and most recently, Covid-19 mutual aid, etc…the range and possibilities are endless. And of course, our neighbours aren’t limited to people in Devon – care for global sisters and brothers (eg Fairtrade and EcoChurch initiatives), and other creatures (eg Living Churchyards biodiversity projects) is also part of our Christian mission. .
Again, please use and add to this map to help share our service with joy!