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Roots & Shoots
Community News

Welcome to our newsletter with details on James Grier's Consecration as the new Bishop of Plymouth, Hugh Dennis exploring How Village Churches Thrive, South West Church Leaders Gathering, exploring Kingdom Calling and Stained Glass Summer entries from across Devon.
Consecration of James Grier as new Bishop of Plymouth
Please hold in prayer James Grier as he receives episcopal ordination in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Thursday 29 September, the Feast of St Michael and All Angels. Many of you will know James from his work in the Diocese. All are welcome to this service, but you will need to register in advance with the Abbey for an electronic ticket. You can do so using this
linkThe closing date for ticket requests is 22 September 2022.

Bishop James will also be welcomed and installed in Exeter Cathedral during Choral Evensong on Sunday 9 October at 3pm, at which he will preach. All are welcome and no tickets are required for this Cathedral service.
Hugh Dennis Explores Ways that Village Churches Thrive
Hugh Dennis, comedian and actor, has starred in a newly released promotional video for the book How Village Churches Thrive.  Hugh Dennis' father was a vicar and a bishop, and the comedian reflects on his own experience growing up around rural churches in the foreword that he wrote for the book. How Village Churches Thrive is a practical guide that focuses on ways in which rural churches can become the centre of the communities that they serve, exploring 10 key areas in which small changes can make a big difference. Hugh Dennis, says, "This book is an attempt to support people by giving them ideas that they might not have thought of, or areas they may not have thought of, written by experts who have found that those things work in the churches to which they belong."

The Bishop of Exeter is the driving force behind the book as The Church of England's lead bishop on rural affairs. The first chapter of the practical guide is about Extending a Warm Welcome, and it was written by members of the Diocese of Exeter's Growing the Rural Church team. 


The How Village Churches Thrive book is available to purchase here.
Hugh Dennis introduces "How Village Churches Thrive"
Ukraine Independence Day, 24 August
Tomorrow (24 August) is Ukrainian Independence Day, marking 31 years since the country declared its independence from the Soviet Union. Celebrations in Ukraine itself are likely to be minimal, but the day helps us to focus on what we can do to help those whose independence is threatened once again. Whether it is hosting a family, donating money or praying for the people of Ukraine, you can find information and resources here
Events, resources or campaigns we would love you to make the most of and share with your church community...

South West Church Leaders Gathering
You are invited to South West Church Leaders Gathering on the 17 November, 9:30am-2pm at St Matts Church, Plymouth. Ed Stetzer, author, church planter and missiologist will look at 'Revitalising the Church to Bless the Region' during the day, with time for worship, prayer and discussion.

Olly Ryder and Sarah Yardley on behalf of Love South West and Creation Fest are in partnership with the Diocese of Exeter, along with the Diocese of Truro, St Mellitus SW, SWMTC, SWYM and CTI for the event. 
The Bishop of Exeter, said, 'We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, but we also know that the picture postcard view of our region is only half the story. God calls us to serve the people and communities of the South-West with joy. I hope this day of prayer and reflection will equip and encourage us to reach out hands of friendship in the name of Jesus Christ.' 

Tickets cost £5 and include a light lunch and other refreshments. To book your ticket and for more information, see here.

Supporting the Children's Society
The Church of England Children’s Society is a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect.  They would love to work with more churches across Devon and ask you to consider them as a Mission Partner for the coming year.  For more information on what the charity can offer in terms of a partnership, please read their
Planned Giving document. If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone in more detail about a partnership, please contact Jess Meale, Community Relationships Manager South-West, on 07715 510464 or by email.
Kingdom Calling, 13 September
Kingdom Calling is a space to explore God's call, learn more about lay and ordained ministry, along with hearing about the experience of others. The event will be run by Hannah Mears, Diocesan Vocations Advisor, and it will be taking place on Zoom on the 13 September at 7:30pm. To book a place or for more information, please contact Lizzie Pridmore.
Generosity Week for Children and Young People
Are you thinking of ideas for Sunday School, Youth Groups or even a church fun day? 
Generosity Week 2022 has resources for children and young people based on the book of Proverbs with a session plan and activities to get children and young people thinking and talking about the importance of living generously.
 
Children can get involved with the Generosity Week challenge over 8 days to show the various ways we can all share and show God’s love and generosity to us. Don’t forget you can share any stories of generosity and how you are celebrating Generosity Week by email.
Save the date for Creation Fest 2023 
The countdown for Creation Fest 2023 has begun, with the date for next year confirmed as 4-7 August 2023. Creation Fest is for the whole family, featuring daily talks, worship, seminars, gigs, workshops, arts and craft, sport, and activities for children and youth. There is a cost for camping, and day tickets are free. The festival will be returning to Royal Cornwall Events Centre. Keep the 2023 date free in your diary, and keep an eye out for further information in the coming months on the Creation Fest website.
See the highlights from Creation Fest 2022
Sign-Up for the Growing in Prayer course
The 
Growing in Prayer course is a series of four sessions that helps people to go deeper with God, explore ways to enrich their prayer life, grow spiritually and also shares practical advice on putting prayer into practise. The course is run by Rev Sally Dakin, and will take place on Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th September. Sign up for the course here.
LET'S STAY IN TOUCH
We have 5 Facebook Groups to help us keep in touch.
They are a brilliant place to ask questions, share tips and ideas and feel part of the church community across Devon. 
Stories and experiences from around the Diocese and beyond ...
Stained Glass Window from St Michael Mount Dinham Church, Exeter.
Photo from Ash Leighton-Plom.
Celebrating #StainedGlassSummer on socials
This summer we've been seeing the beauty of Devon churches across social media platforms, with many churches sharing photos of their stained glass windows. Stained Glass Summer is a campaign run by Church of England, and here are just a few photos that capture the details and stories of your local stained glass windows.

Feeling inspired? Share your local church stained glass windows using the hashtag #StainedGlassSummer and by tagging us in your posts. 
To find out more about Stained Glass Summer, see here.
Left: St Martin's Parish Church, Martinhoe; Right: Christ Church, Parracombe.
LET'S SHARE
If you have a story, resource or an experience (positive or negative) that could feature in the next newsletter, please email us. We also welcome constructive feedback about what you would like to see in Roots & Shoots!
Click here if you would like to watch the weekly online worship services from across the Church of England.
For all those receiving GCSE results this week, we pray that whatever the outcome, they will know that God directs their steps and that they can place their trust in him. 
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