Roots & Shoots
Community News

Welcome to our newsletter with Diocese people news, energy advice, Warm Welcome, the Going in Prayer pilgrimage, Black History Month, training events, jobs and a priestly caption competition!
Bishop of Exeter to have Operation
Bishop Robert is to undergo surgery this week for a health condition. He is expected to be away from work for several weeks as he recovers from the operation. During his convalescence, Bishop Jackie and other members of the Diocese of Exeter senior clergy team will carry out his duties on his behalf. Bishop Robert looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible. Meanwhile, do
contact his office, Bishop Jackie or the archdeacons on any urgent matters. Our prayers are with Bishop Robert for a full and swift recovery.
Archdeacon of Plymouth to Retire after Easter
The Venerable Nick Shutt, Archdeacon of Plymouth, has announced he plans to retire next April. Nick (who is no mean songwriter himself) writes:  "In the words of the Beatles…
I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more…

Actually, I’m not very good at any of the above… but the time has come for me to step aside as Archdeacon of Plymouth and retire. It will be a long goodbye as I will still be with you until 30 April 2023 and the reason for this is to allow Bishop Robert to put in place plans to find a replacement. I have no intention of soft peddling before I retire so I will continue to support everyone to the best of my ability in the months that lay ahead. I am sure there will be plenty of time to say goodbyes and thank you to everyone in due course. I won’t be going anywhere post-retirement as I shall continue to live where I have been for the last 40+ years! I am looking forward to having a rest and contemplating the next stage of my life as a disciple of Christ." The Archdeacon of Plymouth role will be advertised shortly. 
Thank You and Goodbye to Nigel Mason
We would like to say a big thank you to Rev'd Prebendary Nigel Mason who has been Bishop Robert's Chaplain since April 2020. Nigel helped steer the Diocese through the pandemic and has been instrumental behind-the-scenes helping to plan events and major services. We wish him a happy retirement. The Rev'd Jane Chamberlain is starting work as the new Bishop's Chaplain next week. 
Churches and Energy Bills
The Church of England has put together an energy bills website advice page for churches and individuals. It includes info about help paying bills. Click here.
The Diocese of Exeter is working on local guidance, which will be published in early October.
Warm Welcome Launch
Wednesday 28 September

Come along to the online launch event for the new Warm Welcome website. It is happening tomorrow at 7:30-8:30pm. Warm Welcome is a coalition of Christian charities which aims to equip churches and community organisations to open their doors and create free, warm, safe and welcoming spaces this winter. You can book your place
Bishop of Plymouth Consecration 
Please pray for Rev'd Prebendary James Grier and his family as he is consecrated as a bishop in a service at Westminister Abbey on Thursday 29 September. You are invited to attend a Devon welcome service for Bishop James at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday 9 October at 3pm. Click here for info.
Going In Prayer Pilgrimage
The new Bishop of Plymouth will be going on a six day prayer pilgrimage as he begins his episcopal ministry. The Going in Prayer pilgrimage will start at Exeter Cathedral on the 2 October, and he will be visiting a number of churches and schools along the route. You can download a copy of the Going In Prayer pilgrimage flyer
Events, resources or campaigns we would love you to make the most of and share with your church community...
Take the pledge to end modern slavery
This year Anti-Slavery day is on the 18 October, and to mark the day you are invited to sign-up to  the pledge to Make It Slavery Free. Thousands of men, women and children in the UK are trapped in modern slavery, and by taking the pledge you can make a difference and help make your communities slavery free. By taking the pledge, you are committing to delivering three anti-slavery actions this year, which could include setting up a social action project, making a commitment to ethical purchasing or using the Safe Car Wash App.

The Clewer Initiative has also created a useful resource for churches which shares ideas to go Slavery Free. These include enrolling key individuals on safeguarding training, signposting, running a film night to raise awareness, and more. You can find this resource here

Find out more about Modern Slavery and how you can take the pledge to Make It Slavery Free, see the Clewer Initiative website.
October is Black History Month
The Church of England has a range of resources designed for Black History Month, which runs throughout October. There are resources for Services of the Word, Eucharistic service, Prayers of Lament and of Commission, along with links to further resources for youth work, Bible studies and music. 
See the resources available on the Church of England website.
SWYM The Big Training Day, 8 October 
South West Youth Ministries and Limitless are running The Big Training Day in October, which will offer a range of workshops for Youth and Children's ministry teams. The sessions will look at building and releasing healthy teams, parent partnership, and about reaching, nurturing and encouraging the hearts of young people. 

The Big Training Day will be held at Belmont Chapel, Exeter on the 8 October from 10-16:00. Lunch will be provided on the day, and it includes pasties and cream teas. Tickets cost £10, and they can be booked on their website
Mosaic Devon & Cornwall Regional Online Conference: 5 October 
Mosaic is a national organisation encouraging and supporting inclusion in and across the Church of England. The theme of the upcoming regional conference is: "How do we flourish in a church with barriers?" Everyone is welcome to the event which consists of an afternoon or evening conversation on Zoom. Keynote speakers include:  Giles Goddard,  Rose Jones and Deborah Leighton Plom. To book afternoon session (2-4pm) click here. To book evening session (7-9pm) click here.
October Prayer Diary
The October Prayer Diary is now available on our website. The diary includes daily intercessory prayers for local communities, along with prayers for parishes, mission communities, clergy and diocesan staff across Devon. You can find it on our website, along with previous editions of the prayer diary. 
Communications Training Webinars
There are two upcoming sessions from our Communication Training webinars. The next session will be held on Thursday 20 October from 2-4pm,  and will be an engaging and practical session that will explore how to create attractive posters and social media content for your church. To book your place, please email 

The Taking Good Photos and Video session has been recorded. If you would like to watch it, please email the Communications team
Brand new Seasons newsletter
The Seasons newsletter for autumn is now live, and it shares more about creation care work from the Diocese of Exeter, about our Cycle to Work scheme, details about The Queen's Green Canopy and more. You can read Seasons newsletter here
Quiet Morning for Clergy Spouses & Partners
The Clergy Household Hub is holding a Quiet Morning for spouses and partners of clergy which will take place from 10-1 on Sat 8 Oct at St George's Church, Tiverton. The theme is ‘Finding your way home’ and will be led by Revd Jane and Richard Frost. It will be followed by a bring your own lunch.
To book a place please contact Richard at or 01626 870288. You can also join the new Clergy Household Hub Facebook group here
Vacancy: CHAT Housing Support (Ukraine)
There is a vacancy for a Housing Support Worker (Ukraine) to work as part of the CHAT team in Tiverton. The role is 37.5 hours a week, and will focus on refugee population in Mid Devon and supporting those living under homes for Ukraine scheme.
To apply and see more information, please see the website
Vacancy: Community Lead Musician 
The Ashburton and Moorland Mission Community is looking for a skilled musician with a heart for serving the local community and for outreach to children and families. The UpBeat Project is an exciting opportunity to help bridge the gap between Church and the wider community by running music workshops in local primary schools and other community settings. This project is funded by the Diocese of Exeter's Mission and Growth Fund. Closing date: Friday 21 October.
Please click here to apply. 
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 ...
Ordination of Priests Services Across Devon 
Congratulations to the priests who were ordained in services across Devon over this weekend. They have already been serving the people of Devon with joy, and we are delighted that they are now moving onto a new chapter in their ministry. 

You can view our photo gallery from the services on our Facebook page.  
It's time for a caption competition...
We think this photo from the Priesting services is perfect for a caption competition! Send us your best captions to by 5pm on Monday 3 October for the chance to win a copy of the new book 
How Village Churches Thrive.
Eagle-Eyed Winner! Congratulations to Alison Shaw who was the first person to email us about our deliberate typo in Roots & Shoots last week (rite not write). She has won a copy of How Village Churches Thrive!
Celebrating one year of  Devon Pilgrim's Archangel's Way
This weekend, a group of people gathered together to celebrate the first anniversary of The Archangel's Way, a pilgrimage route on Dartmoor. The day included a choice of three guided walks, ranging from 5-10 miles and with the opportunity to reflect. Whilst the walks were taking place, people could retreat in Belstone Village Hall which was open with stalls, displays and a video about The Archangel's Way. Celebrations began at 2:30pm, with music, burgers, refreshments and Morris dancing at The Green at Belstone. 

Find out more about Devon Pilgrim. 
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.
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