Roots & Shoots
Community News

Welcome to our newsletter with a major social action funding boost for  Transforming Plymouth Together and Torbay Deanery, volunteers needed for a Ukrainian families Dartmoor holiday, a  Stained Glass Summer Social takeover, Generosity Week, Creation Fest highlights and why Patrick the Pony is a blessing to his community...
TPT and Torbay Deanery Share in £1.3m Faith New Deal Fund
Two Diocese of Exeter social action projects, Transforming Plymouth Together and Torbay Deanery's food security outreach have been successful in their bids for funding as part of the Government's 'Faith New Deal Fund' £1.3m pilot project to fund faith-based groups to deliver innovative projects tackling issues affecting the most vulnerable in society. Torbay Deanery has been awarded £120,000 for its Torbay United for Safety and Food Security project. Transforming Plymouth Together, which is a joint Diocese of Exeter and Church Urban Fund charity, has been awarded £99,950 for its Real Conversations project. Read the full story.

Rev'd Nathan Kiyaga, Torbay Area Dean said "This is truly wonderful news. We already have an army of fantastic and committed volunteers who support our community and we will be building on their work and encouraging others to come forward." 

Ayshea Cross, Strategic Lead Officer for
Transforming Plymouth Together,  said "Transforming Plymouth Together is delighted to have been awarded this funding. This is a great opportunity for churches to be at the heart of community conversations about issues that really matter."

Government Recognises  Contribution of Faith Groups 
The funding is coming from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. It was inspired by the strong response of faith-based organisations during the pandemic in supporting their communities,  particularly the most vulnerable. The photo shows TPT volunteers packing Christmas food hampers in 2020.

Ukrainian Families' Holiday at Christian Activity Centre Needs Volunteers
Heatree Christian Activity Centre on Dartmoor, near Manaton, has kindly offered a week's holiday to Ukrainian families living in the Teignbridge council area from 20 to 24 August. Rev'd Vanessa Pestridge, from Exminster, has been doing amazing work organising the holiday but she needs some extra help! Volunteers are needed to be on the catering team, helping hosting and to provide pastoral support and prayer. She is also looking for someone to organise and lead a creative 'forest school' style outdoor act of worship on the Sunday. Please email Vanessa to volunteer or call 01392 833701.

Could you sponsor a family for the Heatree holiday?
Heatree is asking for donations from churches to help cover their costs for the week for Ukrainian families. Their normal cost for a person for 4 nights would be £85. Could your church consider sponsoring an individual or parent and child? Vanessa Pestridge has secured funding from Teignbridge CVS to cover transport and food costs as well as £1000 towards Heatree, but extra funds are needed. To make payments please click on this link.
 You can also donate via  a bank transfer to sort code: 51-81-21 account number 53438590 (please quote Heatree Ukrainian Refugee Holiday as the reference).
Vanessa (pictured) says, "After such a terrible year, I’m just so pleased that we can provide this safe, relaxed and soulful space where our Ukrainian friends can find some peace and joy together. I know many Christians in Devon have been deeply moved by the suffering happening in Ukraine but haven’t been able to help as sponsors themselves. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve so many of our Ukrainian friends who are settling in Devon, show them the love of God and give them a wonderful restful holiday."

NB: Ukrainian families have already been invited through Teignbridge Council and 80 people are due to attend the holiday, so while it would be great to include families from a wider area it is not possible at this stage.
Lambeth Conference Update
The Lambeth Conference started last week and runs until 8 August. It is a once-in-a-decade gathering of around 650 Anglican bishops from 150 countries (known as the worldwide Anglican Communion). Bishop Robert, Bishop Jackie and Bishop Nick are attending the conference and taking part in Bible studies and discussions with other bishops from across the world.  Bishop Robert said  and Bishop Nick commented "It has been been fascinating to hear of the experiences of those who are bishops in other parts of the world, not least where Christians are a persecuted minority, wrestle with poverty or face at firsthand the reality of climate change." Bishop Robert, who has been facilitating discussion groups, said he had been enjoying taking part in Bible studies with bishops from around the world. Staff and volunteers from the Diocese of Exeter have also been helping the conference run smoothly, including safeguarding, stewarding and playing in the music group. You can read all the latest news from the Lambeth Conference, including the discussion about the Call for Human Diginity.  Download a prayer diary for the conference here. The photo shows Lizzy Flaherty, from Holsworthy, who is a volunteer steward at the conference.
Bishop Nick's Thank You Message
The Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev'd Nick McKinnel has asked for this message to be shared following his farewell service, which took place at Exeter Cathedral on 24 July: "May I express my deep thanks to all who have made kind comments or sent good wishes or contributed to the generous gifts that Jan and I were presented with at my Farewell Service at Exeter Cathedral last month.

It has been an enormous privilege to have served as a bishop in this Diocese over the last ten years, and as an incumbent in West Devon and Plymouth for the 25 years before that. I am grateful for all the friendship, support and opportunities that I have been able to enjoy over that time. We shall be staying in Devon and I look forward to continuing to serve the life of the Church and the County in different ways. 

I have always encouraged clergy to think what God is calling them to in retirement - and now I shall have to take my own advice! The words I took as a text in the Cathedral were those of the apostle Paul in Romans 12: “Rejoice in hope”.  I leave this stage of my ministry grateful for the life and joy that I have encountered in our parish churches week by week, and full of hope in the good purposes God has for each one of us."
Events, resources or campaigns we would love you to make the most of and share with your church community...
Share Your Stained-Glass Windows on Social this Summer
The Church of England is encouraging churches to share photos of their windows on social media this summer in a campaign called '
Stained Glass Summer'. You are invited to share a photo or video of a  window as a way to encourage visitors to your local church,  highlight interesting details and share the  Biblical stories the windows depict with a new generation (perhaps including a relevant Bible verse or prayer too.) 
Use the hashtag #StainedGlassSummer on your social media post, ensuring your content is visible to everyone taking part.  Don't forget to tag @cofedevon too! For more information on how you can get involved, see here.
Generosity Week 2022
Churches are encouraged to join Generosity Week, starting on the 25th September 2022. Generosity Week is an invitation to reflect and celebrate God's generosity within church ministries and missions. Over eight days, together we can celebrate generosity that has helped us through difficult seasons, reflect on God's generous heart, and explore the ways in which we can grow generosity in Churches. 

For inspiration,  sign up to the weekly Generosity newsletter here. Each week leading up to the 25th September you will receive a short email which details ideas in promoting and sharing generosity in both your church and community. For more ideas and information, you can also view the Introduction to Generosity Week and the Webinar recording of How to run a Generosity Week.

To share your own plans and ideas for Generosity Week 2022, email
New Eden Way Pilgrimage Route Launch Weekend: 6-7 August
Just a reminder that the launch event for the new Eden Way pilgrimage route through the Teign Valley will be taking place on the 6-7 August. The 18-mile route is based on the Creation story, and has been created by the Teign Valley and Haldon Hill Mission Community supported by Devon Pilgrim (a Diocese of Exeter project). Walkers are invited to pause and reflect at each church on the journey for a guided reflection. For more information see here, or email Rev'd Eleanor Oelmann.
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 ...
Devon's Churches Set Up Camp at Creation Fest UK
A number of groups from churches across Devon have just spent the weekend at Creation Fest in Cornwall. It is a free four-day festival on the site of the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge. There are daily talks, worship, workshops and seminars, gigs, arts, craft, sports and loads of activities for children and youth. Speakers this year included Pete Greig, The Rev'd Canon Frog Orr-Ewing, Canon Sarah Yardley and Grace Wheeler. There is a cost for camping, but the campsite is spacious and even has hot showers!

Rev'd Olly Ryder, from St Matt's Plymouth, was one of the main speakers but also took a large group from his church. He said "There is something so special about getting away together and camping out in a field. Time to chat. Time to pray. Time to laugh. Time to be inspired, time to weep, worship and celebrate. We loved being together as a church family and connecting with people from across the South West. We can't wait for next year. It's so accessible for all and close enough to visit for a day for those who aren't quite as excited about camping!" 

Next year's dates are 4-7 August 2023. Find info here.
A Pony Walks Into the Headlines....
Patrick the Shetland therapy pony has made national news this week after being made mayor of Cockington in Torquay in recognition of the joy he brings to people in the community. Rev'd Emma Dornan, curate at St Mary Mags, Torquay, was asked to say a prayer of blessing at the ceremony.

She said afterwards "Patrick, Kirk and Hannah (his owners) are a huge blessing to the community of Torbay and beyond. Their tireless work brings joy to people across all walks of life, and their impact is much bigger than little Patrick himself. Now more than ever people need hope. Fundamentally, I believe that hope comes from God, but that God is creative; he speaks in all sorts of ways, and just sometimes brings about hope and joy through the work of tiny ponies."  

Why the long face?
Patrick has since been banned from the local pub, where he is a regular visitor, following a planning complaint. There is now a campaign to reinstate him. It could only happen in the South West in Silly Season.... 
You can read more about Patrick's brush with fame here.

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