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“Rainbow of hope” as Devon’s churches offer wide spectrum of Easter worship

“Rainbow of hope” as Devon’s churches offer wide spectrum of Easter worship

Posted: 9th April, 2020

The Bishop of Exeter has drawn on the image of the rainbow as a symbol of hope in his Easter message as Christians across Devon prepare to celebrate Easter weekend at home rather than in church buildings. All churches are currently closed as part of the Government’s coronavirus restrictions but church services, meetings and social gatherings are continuing online through platforms like Zoom, Facebook, Youtube, Stableyard and via phone. Bishop Robert has recorded an Easter…

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New community “coronavirus” cab is blessed

New community “coronavirus” cab is blessed

Posted: 6th April, 2020

A new community “coronavirus” cab to transport people to routine hospital appointments during the pandemic has been officially blessed by the Right Reverend Mark Rylands, an assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Exeter. The former black taxi was bought second-hand by the League of Friends of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Hospital as a means of transporting elderly and vulnerable patients whilst maintaining social distancing. Taxis have a glass partition which separates the passenger from the driver…

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Easter mystery play going ahead despite coronavirus restrictions

Easter mystery play going ahead despite coronavirus restrictions

Posted: 3rd April, 2020

A Devon vicar is planning to go ahead with a group performance of a traditional Easter passion play despite the coronavirus restrictions, by turning it into an audio play instead. Father Daniel French, vicar of Salcombe and Marlborough, said: “Six years ago a number of us in Salcombe performed a medieval mystery play on Good Friday around the town in the style of pop-up theatre. “In the light of coronavirus a lot of people have…

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Bishop blesses new foodbank warehouse

Bishop blesses new foodbank warehouse

Posted: 1st April, 2020

The Bishop of Exeter has blessed Exeter Foodbank’s new storage facility during a short ceremony. The warehouse has just been completed and the blessing took place on 21 March, before stricter social distancing guidelines came into force. Exeter Foodbank is providing emergency food supplies to around 280 people per week and distributes about three tonnes of food. Many of its regular volunteers are over 70 and are now self-isolating. “Even giving a tin of peas…

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Trainee priest stranded in Solomon Islands

Trainee priest stranded in Solomon Islands

Posted: 30th March, 2020

A young trainee priest is trying to get home to the UK after becoming stranded in the Solomon Islands when flights were cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Sam Rylands, 30, whose parents are both priests in the Diocese of Exeter, is believed to be the only Briton stuck there. He had been on a visit to the Melanesian Brotherhood, an Anglican Christian community in Tabalia with an official link to the Church of England…

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Church leaders across Exeter join together for online prayer gathering

Church leaders across Exeter join together for online prayer gathering

Posted: 30th March, 2020

Although churches are closed and physical Sunday services are suspended, this has not stopped churches finding new and creative ways to gather together, pray and worship. Many churches have been using platforms such as Zoom and Facebook Live to stay connected. Last Sunday, Rediscover Church hosted an online prayer gathering called ‘Exeter Prays’ with leaders from churches across Exeter. They were using a service called StreamYard which enabled them to switch between leaders from different…

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