South West Churches pray for Ukraine this Sunday

Christians and Churches across the South West are being invited to pray for the people of Ukraine during a special event this coming Sunday.

South West Prays, this Sunday (20th) from 6-7pm, will see thousands of people participate by gathering in local church buildings, across Devon, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, as well log online to watch the event LIVE as it is broadcast...

Time running out for Devon churches to share their ‘Good News’ 

Churches in Devon are being encouraged to submit their entries to Ecclesiastical Insurance’s ‘Good News’ competition before the deadline in September.

The specialist insurer is looking for churches to share their good news stories from the past 18 months, showcasing how they’ve supported their local communities during a challenging time. The winning church will scoop a total prize of...

Churches get ready to take Christmas cheer online

We may not be able to gather together for the traditional Christmas carol concerts and school nativity plays this year, but schools and churches from across the South West have joined together to create a unique online Christmas extravaganza instead.

The first ever online South West Carols event will see thousands of people across the region tuning in to the LIVE online event from...

Devon's Best Churchyard 2020 winner's plaque in the churchyard at Northam

Northam named Devon’s Best Churchyard of 2020

Local countryside and conservation charity Devon CPRE is delighted to announce that St Margaret’s Church at Northam is the Winner of this year’s Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition. At the weekend a sustainable oak plaque and a cheque for £200 was awarded to representatives of the community of volunteers who help maintain this beautifully biodiverse churchyard on the north Devon coast....

CPRE Devon launches Devon’s Best Churchyard competition 2019

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is seeking Devon’s Best Churchyard of 2019 and is inviting churches of all denominations to enter the competition, now in its 2nd year.

Devon’s churchyards form part of the county’s rich and varied landscape. They are much more than burial grounds. They are unique and special places. Green havens of sanctuary for people and...

Christmas funding boost for Devon Churches

Two Devon churches have received grants from the National Churches Trust which will help to ensure their future.

St George’s Church in Modbury has received £20,000, which will help fund major repairs to the roof. The work will ensure the Grade I listed building, dating back to the 13th century, is warm and dry and can continue as a widely used community facility.

St James’...

New fund set up to help churches grow

A new fund set up to encourage churches to reach out across their communities has been set by diocesan synod.

The new ‘growth fund’ will consider proposals for projects that aim to reach out to more people and introduce them to the Christian faith.

The first proposal, which was approved on Saturday, will help churches in 25 areas to serve planned new housing developments of...

Special services this weekend for the Philippines

Special prayers and collections will be held at churches across Devon this Sunday as congregations respond to the call to help those affected by the devastating Philippines typhoon.

The typhoon, one of the strongest storms to ever hit land, has torn apart the lives of more than 11 million people in the Philippines who are now in urgent need of food, water and emergency shelter....

New clergy for Devon churches

Devon churches now have 15 new clergy after a special ordination service was held at Exeter Cathedral.

The Rt Rev John Ford, Bishop of Plymouth conducted the ceremony which saw 15 men and women being ordained as deacons in the Church of England.

The new clergy come from all walks of life - from the army to teaching - to serve in Devon’s villages and cities. They are listed...

Devon Faiths Training for Major Incidents

More than 70 volunteers from seven different churches and six other faith and belief traditions have now been trained to be able to respond in the event of a major emergency in Devon, Plymouth or Torbay.

The Devon Faiths Response Team (DFRT) recently held a further training workshop at County Hall, Exeter at which participants heard from South Devon Coroner Ian Arrow and trauma...