TaviPrayer Community Focus
TaviPraise, Thursday 6th April, King's, Pixon Lane, Tavistock
An evening for the churches in the Tavistock area to come together to praise our God of grace. Time: 7.30pm for refreshments and fellowship; 8.00 - 9.15pm Praise & worship, prayer & testimony. Worship will be led by the King's music team.
West Devon Filling Station, 7pm Wed 12th April, Warson Farm, Coryton, Okehampton EX20 4PQ with special guest speaker Jonathan Aitken, former MP and cabinet minister who is now (among many other things) Honorary President of 'Christian Solidarity Worldwide'. More details on their Facebook page.
Healing Rooms - For anyone who needs prayer for healing.
Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 7.30 - 9.00pm at the Friends Meeting House, 4 Canal Road, Tavistock, PL19 8AR.
Free parking, no appointment necessary, no charge.
Costa Healing Rooms: every Tuesday 10.30am-12pm, Costa Cafe, 43 Brook St, Tavistock.
‘Faith in Action’ bulletin
New Visions Exhibition, 2017.
Plans are now being made for the 2017 season of New Visions Exhibitions. New Visions is an Exhibition of Theological Art, which tours churches to assist them with their outreach and mission. It consists of a dozen or more colourful pictures mounted on illuminated stands together with a commentary. The pictures created by Canon Robin Murch, “a theological folk artist,” illustrate how we might find the presence of God in the events and happening of our contemporary world as well as within the issues of peace and justice.
The Exhibition is suitable for churches who have a good footfall of visitors. The exhibition would usually visit a church for a period of two to three weeks and may include talks on art and mission. Parishes that might consider having ‘New Visions’ as part of their future programme of events should contact Canon Robin Murch, email@example.com or phone 01626-863532. Robin will be glad to visit you to demonstrate and discuss the possibilities.
Future Dates for your diary
Thu 4 May: South West Regional Conference on Food Issues – further details to follow
Thu 11 May: ‘Exploring God in dementia: theology, spirituality and personhood’
Ecumenical Study Day for church leaders in the south west, at Riverside Conference Centre, Exeter EX4 1DU to update you about fresh understanding about dementia. Book soon because spaces are limited and this is being promoted by three dioceses and other denominations. Bookings via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-god-in-dementia-theology-spirituality-and-personhood-tickets-29476451861
Mon 22 - Fri 26 May: God of Creation, God of Justice, God of the Poor
Conference to be held at Lee Abbey, led by Ash Leighton Plom and Christine Allen, this conference explores the relationship between the Biblical imperatives to care for creation and to love and serve the poor. Christian Aid brings first-hand experience of how climate change hurts the world’s poorest first and worst. We will go deep into a theological understanding of the need to serve God through care for creation and the poor. We will reflect on how Christians across denominations come together to work for justice around the world. For further information and to book, see:
Thika – The Umoja Project, Church and Community Mobilisation
Exeter Diocese has a ‘companion link’ to the Diocese of Thika in the Anglican Church of Kenya, and recently Bishop Robert visited and learned of their successful process to address poverty called Umoja, Church and Community Mobilisation. Umoja is a Bible-based approach that equips the church with practical tools, building confidence and helping communities discuss challenges and find solutions. For more information see http://connected.tearfund.org/en/partners/thika/ and contact Brian and Jane Inwood, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a community of ideas about living out justice through our everyday actions, taking small steps to change the way we live, and for conversations to help us shape our understanding of what we can do to tackle the problems of climate change, poverty and injustice, look at https://lifestyle.tearfund.org
Exploring God in Dementia-Theology, spirituality and personhood
10am – 4pm, Thurs 11th May 2017, at the Riverside Conference Centre, in Exeter, close to railway stations and access from park and ride, and next to Bridge Books.
A leaflet giving further details and an intro to speakers is attached. The day is being promoted across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset and across Methodist, URC, Baptist and Roman Catholic networks as well as the two other dioceses and so please book soon to be sure of a space - there is room for about 150 of us. You can book via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-god-in-dementia-theology-spirituality-and-personhood-tickets-29476451861
One of our keynote speakers Dr Peter Kevern, developed his theological ideas over 13 years as a brother in the Society of St Francis and 10 years teaching ministerial candidates at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham. He has been researching and publishing on the theological and pastoral issues raised by dementia for about six years. He is currently the Associate Professor in Values in Care at Staffordshire University. And we will also have Ian Sherriff from Plymouth University and Dementia-friendly Plymouth to update us on research into the experience and challenges of dementia in a rural context. Further details of all the speakers are in the attached leaflet which includes the link to our Eventbrite page and a booking form for anyone who would prefer to pay by cheque. I also attach a word document with a few further details to answer most questions but feel free to come back to me with any enquiries.
The venue is Riverside Conference Centre, Exeter EX4 1DU - this is very close to Exeter St Thomas's Railway Station, or 20 mins walk from Exeter St David’s Railway Station. Buses from both Matford and Sowton Park & Ride Car Park, Exeter, stop close to the venue near the ‘Exe Bridges’. Some parking is available by the shopping area close by (near Pizza Hut) or the nearest main centre car park is the Cathedral and Quay Car Park, 10 mins walk away.
The venue is accessible with lifts to all floors but there is no designated disability parking. Further details attached. There will also be a bookstall and a number of exhibitions. Hope to see you there. Feel free to get back to me with any questions. Best wishes, Sally
Sally Farrant (part time)
Social Responsibility Officer
Church of England in Devon