Roots & Shoots
Community News

Welcome to our newsletter with the Keyham anniversary service, Creationtide 2022, a Resound Worship songwriting challenge, New Vacancies, Upcoming Greenbelt Festival and celebrating Blessings of the Boats ceremony with an RAF Red Arrows fly-past...
Looking to the Past, Present and Future at Keyham Anniversary Service
A memorial service took place at St Andrew's Church, Plymouth on Friday the 12th August to remember the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Keyham.  The service was a place for people to express grief, pay tribute and to pray together.  Families of the victims had input and paid contribution to the service, such as selecting music. The service, led by Rev'd Joe Dent, saw three candles being lit to represent the past, present and the future. Rev'd Joe Dent said,
 “A year on it’s very appropriate to look back, think about the present, and to look forward. Looking backward in memory, thinking about the present in the way that people, communities and authorities have responded to the situation, and looking forward to the months and years ahead.”

Father David Way, of St Peter's Church Plymouth, reflected on the 12-month anniversary of the Keyham shooting on BBC Radio Devon.  He said, "I just hope that we as a community can continue to respond to each other in our needs. We cannot allow what took place a year ago to be what defines Keyham. I would like Keyham to be known as a place where hatred was driven out."
National Burial Grounds Survey Webinars
The National Burial Ground Survey project aims to survey and map all churchyards in England. It also provides a digital online map that is free to all parishes through the Church Heritage Record. The project is in partnership with AG Intl Ltd and began with Truro Diocese but is now moving on to Exeter. Each church can individually decide whether they wish to take part.

On Thursday 1st September, AG Intl Ltd will be hosting two further Webinars on Zoom. The webinars are an opportunity for those who missed the first events last month to learn more about the National Burial Ground Survey project and the impact it may have on your church.

To register your interest in the webinars, please visit the following link to sign up to a session
here. This form will be closed on the 30th August, and any interested parties will be sent the Zoom link. If you have any questions regarding the webinar, please contact
Listen to the Voice of Creation, Creationtide 2022
Creationtide, or Season of Creation, is celebrated by churches across the country throughout September. The theme this year is 'Listen to the Voice of Creation', and you and your churches are invited to get involved. Practically, this might mean hosting services and events on creation care, renewing commitments to be more environmentally friendly, or launching work around becoming net carbon zero. This is a great opportunity to integrate environmental care into the work you are already doing: children’s work, prayer and worship events, community work, Sunday services etc, and to keep that up throughout the year. We would encourage you to come up with ideas about how we can best celebrate God's gift of creation, and listen to those who might be otherwise unheard in our discourse around creation care.

You can find out more
here, including a useful webinar series, service notes, along with information on the Great Big Green Week and Letters for Creation. For more information, contact Sophie Phillips or Lydia Perris.
Events, resources or campaigns we would love you to make the most of and share with your church community...
'Faith in Education', Chancellor Inauguration Lecture 
You are invited to attend the Plymouth Marjon University's Chancellor Inauguration Lecture on Tuesday 6th September. A lecture on 'Faith in Education', which will explore the impact of history, faith and environment on university education in Plymouth today will be given by the Rt. Rev'd Nick McKinnel. The lecture begins at 6pm, with doors opening at 5:30pm. The evening will see an introduction by Professor Rob Warner, a lecture followed by Q&A, and ending the evening in The Hub with some cheese and wine.  For further information and to RSVP by the 2nd September, see here
12 Song Challenge, Resound Worship
Do you know a singer,  songwriter or someone who has a heart for worship? The 12 Song Challenge by Resound music begins on the 1st of September. Each month they will create a new challenge whether it be a style, theme or even a bible passage that will be shared on the Resound Worship Songwriting podcast.  Participants are then encouraged to take on the monthly challenge and create a song. The year includes regular online writing days, an end-of-year online concert, opportunities to attend residential writing retreats and an interactive forum to connect and share songs with other songwriters. There is a course fee, which covers training and resources.

The heart behind the challenge is that songwriters would work together to grow in their creative gifts alongside serving their local churches. 

For more information and to sign up for the 12 Song Challenge, see here
Creating Space: The Pastoral Encounter
You are invited to take part in the upcoming Grow course 'Creating Space: The Pastoral Encounter’. The course is run by our partners in the Chaplaincy Team at Derriford Hospital.  One of the participants from a previous group said that “Creating Space: The Pastoral Encounter was enjoyable, interesting, well put together, built confidence and provides transferable life-skills in the art of how to listen well, to provide a safe space and time for the other person to fill in a manner of their choosing.”
The course only costs £50 for five sessions on Zoom, and the dates are Tuesday October 4th, 4-6pm for five consecutive Tuesdays. A training certificate will be sent on full completion of the course. Please get in touch with the team at Derriford if you have any questions, or would like to sign up - 
Interim Education Administrative Officer, the Diocese of Exeter

The Diocese of Exeter are looking for an experienced, positive and pro-active Administrator to join their team. As Education Administrative Officer, the successful applicant will be working with the Diocesan Director of Education and her team to provide an efficient and effective administrative and organisational support service that promotes effective communication internally and externally with schools, academies, and stakeholders. The closing date for this role is the 23rd August.  For more information and to apply, see here. 

Church Building Advisor, the Diocese of Exeter
An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Diocese of Exeter for a Church Building Advisor, to help support the long-term sustainable future of historic church buildings across Exeter Diocese. The role will assist individual parishes and wider Mission Communities to care for these assets and manage change. To be successful in this role, applicants will have a developed understanding and experience of building conservation, churches and their history. The closing date for the role is the 4th September. For further information and to apply, see here.

Head of Social Action and Creative Engagement, Bay Church
Bay Church, Torbay have an opportunity for Head of Social Action and Creative Engagement. The full-time role includes planning and managing  family focused outreach projects, being visible in the community, heading up 'Bless the Bay' and reflecting Jesus to Torbay and beyond. The closing date for the role is the 9th September. The closing date for the role is the 9th September. For the full job description and to apply, see
Wake Up for Greenbelt Festival
An arts and faith festival is taking place at Boughton House, near Kettering on the 28th-29th August. The theme of the festival this year is 'Wake Up', with Greenbelt looking to be a festival full of energy and hope, with a 
lineup that showcases a range of music, literature, theatre and comedy.  For those who enjoy the camping experience, tickets are still available, or alternatively day and weekend tickets are also on offer. For more information about Greenbelt festival, see here
Fundraising Guide
Ecclesiastical have created a helpful fundraising guide with tailored guidance for churches in less affluent areas. The guide shares ways your church can engage with the community, where you can look for funds and also things to consider when making an application for funds.  To view the guide, see here.
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 ...
Blessings of the Boats Ceremony
The Exmouth RNL Lifeboat Station held a Blessing of the Boats ceremony on Wednesday the 10th August. Rev'd Steve Jones, Team Rector of Exmouth Costal Churches, is chaplain to the RNLI in Exmouth and was asked to seek God's blessing and protection over the Shannon All Weather lifeboat,  the R and J Wellburn, the D Class Inshore lifeboat, the George Bearman II, and the crews that serve on them. Rev'd Steve Jones, said, ‘It was a real privilege to be asked by the RNLI to publicly seek God’s blessings and protection over the Exmouth lifeboats and crews. There is a sense in seafaring communities that the danger of the sea is very real, and that divine help, both for those in peril and for their rescuers, is essential. God was certainly there with us on the slipway, and everyone sensed it.’

Many from the public gathered for the event. The evening also saw music from Exmouth Shantymen and Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir. The night ended off with a spectacular display, with a  fly-past by the RAF Red Arrows display team.
Lynmouth Flood 1952. Credit Exmoor National Park – Lynmouth Pavilion Project Heritage Archive
Lynmouth Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Flood
The 15th of August 2022 marked the 70th anniversary of the Lynmouth flood, which cost thirty-four lives and devastated the village of Lynmouth. Fifty years later, a cross was placed at the point where the rivers broke through. Now that place is one where visitors picnic, and children paddle.

On the anniversary, members of the local community and visitors to the area gathered for a Memorial Walk. It took place along the banks of the river in Lynmouth, with over a hundred people joining the walk. Walkers took time to pause and reflect on photos of the past which illustrates how much has changed within these 70 years, took a moment of silence at the Flood Memorial Hall, which features a plaque naming those lost in the flood, and prayed at the cross. Rev'd Samantha Stayte, says: “Walking the river together was a profound act of holding together the pain of the past and the beauty and hope of this place and our communities now. This year the memorial cross between the rivers has been newly illuminated and for me it is a sign guiding us forward to live wisely in the knowledge of both tragedy and recovery and in the love that runs through both."

The service ended with reflections from the night of the flood, and Act of Remembrance with relatives and friends of those who passed ringing a bell to commemorate each person. It was followed by local folk music, which celebrated the life of the community, both past and present.
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!
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For all those receiving GCSE and A-Level results over the next 2 weeks, 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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