Roots & Shoots
Community News

Welcome to our newsletter with Commemoration service highlights, Generosity Week ideas, free fundraising webinars, a brand new gathering for KS2 children and Lunch on the Go... a ministry serving-up hot soup and hope.

Faith and Service of Queen Elizabeth II Celebrated at Devon Church Services

The lifelong faith and service of Queen Elizabeth was commemorated at church services across Devon on the eve of her funeral. More than 1400 people packed Exeter Cathedral for a service attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursden. The sermon was given by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell, who shared his memories of the Queen: “Queen Elizabeth had a quiet, unfussy faith which always made room for others," he said. "Her trust in Jesus Christ was central to her life, but she wore her faith on her heart, not on her sleeve.” At St Paul’s church in Paignton, the Rev’d Nathan Kiyaga, Torbay Area Dean, led a service attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Sir Andrew Ridgway, Torbay Council’s Chief Executive Anne-Marie Bond, Cllr Mandy Darling, the Mayor of Torbay and Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster. In Plymouth, the city-wide service at St Andrew’s church included representatives from the three armed forces as well as local charities and organisations. The Rev'd Prebendary James Grier, who gave the sermon, said the most significant moment for him was watching the standard bearers walking down the aisle. Read the full story.

The Queen’s life was also commemorated at parish churches across Devon. 
You can watch recordings of some of the services here

Click here to see a photo gallery of images from some of the services of Commemoration. 
Books of Condolence
You can send books of condolence to The Devon Records Office. 
There is no rush to send them. Please email for address details. You may also choose to keep your book with your parish records or share with a local museum.
Education Administrator Vacancy
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced administrator to work within the Diocese of Exeter’s Education 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 job is a full-time position and will consist of 36.25 hours a week.

The closing date for applications is on the 25 September. For more information and to apply, see here
Events, resources or campaigns we would love you to make the most of and share with your church community...
Generosity Week: 25 September to 2 October
We follow a generous God so how can we be generous in return? The Church of England's Generosity Week takes place during harvest season and aims to help us to grow generosity within our churches and communities. There are lots of resources available, such as the new Generosity Week podcast series and the website filled with Sunday service ideas, promotional material, videos and activities. 
Watch a short video about Generosity Week
Generosity and Thankfulness Online Conference, 24 September 
In the run up to Generosity Week, the Diocese of Manchester is holding a Generosity and Thankfulness online conference from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 24 September.  Workshops include: preaching generosity and thankfulness, using online donations and contactless devices in churches and good stewardship of cash and investments.  The conference is free and open to all.   It promises to inspire and equip churches and parishes to communicate and generate generosity and thankfulness.  To book visit their
website. You can also find the Conference agenda here
The Gathering Kids, 24 September 
The Gathering Kids is happening this Saturday from 2-4:30pm at Belmont Chapel, Exeter. The termly event, run by South West Youth Ministries is for 8-11 year olds, and is a space to encourage and empower children to live for Jesus everyday. The Gathering will include Bible stories, craft activities, worship, prayer and lots of fun! For further information and to book a place, please speak to your church children's worker, if you have one, or visit the website to book independently. 
Growing the Rural Church Webinars
There are three free webinars over the next three months. The first one takes place next Tuesday, 27 September at 2pm, and it will be focusing on planning a project and raising funds for it. The team from Church Grants will talk through key strategic steps that you will need to prepare and plan successful fundraising. These are open to anyone who would like to come.
Upcoming seminars and how to book: 

Planning a project and raising funds – 27 September 2pm -
Writing a case for support – 20 October 7:30pm -
Writing a grant application – 15 November 10am -
Communications Training Sessions
Would you like to know how to take really great photos to advertise church events or how to write a good press release? The Diocese of Exeter Communications team is running three training sessions on Zoom. They include photography and videography, creating social media content and designing attractive posters and all that you need to know about working with the media. The first session is next Tuesday, 27 September from 2-4pm and will be led by Multimedia Storyteller Matt Prior. 
Training on Offer:
  • Taking Good Photos and Videos- Tuesday 27th September, 2-4pm. Led by Multimedia Storyteller, Matt Prior. 
  • Advertising Events- How to Design Attractive Posters and Social Media Content- Tuesday 20th October, 2-4pm. Led by Website, Marketing and Publications Officer, Grace Stanhope. 
  • Working with the Media- Tuesday 8th November, 2-4pm. Led by Communications and Engagement Director, Chloe Axford.
To book please email 30 Places available for each session so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Rural Quiet Morning, 28 September 
You are invited to the Rural Quiet Morning on the 28 September from 10am to 1pm. The day is being organised by the Devon Churches Rural Forum and run by Rev'd Jane Frost and Richard Frost. It will include prayers and two short talks with surrounding silence and will conclude with a short Celtic act of worship. The venue is Barton Farm, Bondleigh, with beautiful countryside and plenty of walks to be had. The morning will followed by a pasty lunch. A Spirituality and Worship workshop will run between 2-4pm, which will look at "What is Rural Spirituality?" along with a 'Wild Church taster'. 

There will be a small cost to cover the pasty lunch,  payable on the day. To book your place, click here.
Church Publications Forum, Thursday 22 Sept, 11 am to 12pm on Zoom
Do you edit your parish magazine, rite your church newsletter, manage your church website or curate the social media accounts? Then this is the forum for you! It's hosted by the diocese Communications team and is a great place to meet other people involved in church publications, share ideas, ask questions and find out what support the diocese and national comms teams can offer. Please email for the Zoom invite. PS: The first person to email us with a typo wins a prize!
Devon Pilgrim: The Archangel's Way Anniversary, 24 September
You are invited to celebrate the first anniversary of The Archangel's Way pilgrimage route on Dartmoor. Guided walks will start from The Green at Belstone:
  • 9:30am- a challenging moorland walk of under 10 miles
  • 10:30am- a moorland walk of approximately 5 miles 
  • 12pm- a reflective mini-pilgrimage of 1.5 hours maximum, beginning and ending at St Mary's Church Belstone. 
There will also be music, morris dancing, burgers and other refreshments on The Green at Belstone from 2:30pm. For further information, please contact Judith Oakes or Rev'd Paul Seaton-Burn. Find out more about Devon Pilgrim.
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 ...
St Matt's Church, Plymouth, livestreamed the funeral for the community to gather together and watch. 
Churches Invite People to Watch Funeral Together
Some churches across Devon screened The Queen's funeral on Monday. St Matts Church, Plymouth, opened its doors to the community to watch the funeral together and offered some light refreshments. Rev'd Olly Ryder said, "At such a significant moment in the life of our country we felt it was important to open the church for people to watch and participate in the funeral together. " He added, "There is something very special about being together during historic times and drawing strength from God and each other."
View From the Queue
Annie Jefferies, Chair of the Diocese of Exeter House of Laity, had an unexpected appearance on Channel 4 News last week when she travelled from her home near Tavistock to London for the Queen's Lying-in-State. Annie, who attends St Peter's, Lamerton, took it all in her stride... Click the image above to view the video.
Lunch on the Go ministry reaches out to Tiverton community
The Lunch on the Go ministry at St George and St Paul's Church in Tiverton aims to be a place where the community can be welcomed in and served.  A team of volunteers  provides homemade soups, fresh rolls, cakes and drinks in the Tiverton church grounds under a gazebo. The vision behind this was to be a listening ear for the community and to help in a physical, emotional and spiritual way where possible. Judith Taylor, who runs Lunch on the Go, said, “We hoped to create long term hope as people began to feel loved, known and connected.”

St George and St Paul’s Church also runs a Breakfast on the Go ministry alongside their lunchtime outreach, which feeds over 150 parents and children who are on their way to school with porridge and bacon rolls, coffee and hot chocolate.
Judith Taylor said, “Prayer was and still is very much our core starting point for each session for the team, that we might be able in some way to ‘feed my sheep’.”

Lunch on the Go happens on Thursdays, from 11am-1pm outside St George and St Paul’s Church. To explore the Lunch on the Go ministry, please contact Jude on 07970590352.
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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