CTAX News for March 2020

Greetings from Christians Together across Exeter!

It is so exciting hearing about your events and helping promote them, then seeing you share things on your church noticeboards, pew sheets, and so on – things which you saw here from CTAX – Christians Together across Exeter.

So, do let us know of anything we can add to our list, and be sure to pass this around to friends and church-mates, and invite them to email us to get added to our growing contact list.

Peace,
Hannah, Ash, and the CTaX team

Events

2nd-6th March
Keswick in Devon
At All Saints’ Church, Sidmouth
Full information at www.keswickindevon.org.uk
3rd March (first Tuesday of every month)
Pray for Exeter
Rediscover Church, Northernhay, EX4 3ER
10-11am
Monthly Pray 4 Exeter prayer meeting, in the prayer room at Re-Discover Church in Northernhay Street from 10 til 11 am. We concentrate on current events, organisations and concerns in the Exeter area, but also national issues (in anon-partisan way) knowing these have a local effect.
4th March
Taming Gaming
At Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter, EX1 2DB
6.30pm
An evening with Andy Robertson, a journalist for the BBC, the Guardian and the Telegraph. He brings a unique session on how to guide children to healthy video gaming. If gaming concerns you or you want to use it for positive interaction, then join us on Wednesday 4th March at 7pm for this fantastic event! Sign up here: www.ymcaexeter.org.uk/events/taming-gaming-an-evening-with-andy-robertson/
4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th March, and 1st April
The Healing Anointing Study Course
7.15-9.15pm
At The Prayer Room, Riverside Church, 13-14 Okehampton Street, Exeter EX4 1DU. Entrance by the side door.

Illuminate (Exeter Prophetic Hub) invite you to come on a journey of discoverywith this exciting spiritual course. In these sessions we look at beingempowered for Ministry. If you would like to join with us for this course,contact contact Christine and Sandra on exeterprophetichub@gmail.com for more info

5th,12th, 19th, and 26th March, and 2nd April
The Earliest English Christians, or Four Ways of Reading Bede: A Reading Group to discuss Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People
7pm
At the church of S. Michael & All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB
Copies of the book will be provided: ALL WELCOME. ADMISSION FREE. Poster attached. Further information from mountdinhamlectures@gmail.com
6th March
World Day of Prayer 2020
11am
At Belmont Chapel, Western Way, EX1 2DB

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. Prayer and action are what links us together around the globe. The WDP 2020 program is based on Jesus’ encounter in John 5:2-9. The focus theme is prayer for Zimbabwe. Poster attached. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/496602414603476

7th March
Quaker Nationwide Day of Healing
11am–3pm
At the Chapel, St Luke’s Campus, University of Exeter, EX1 2LU
Exeter Quaker Meeting will be holding a day of silent prayer at the Chapel of St Luke’s campus, with reflection and readings, to uphold ourselves, those close to us, our brothers and sisters throughout the world and also our city, our country and our planet. Come for the whole day, drop in for ten minutes or come and go as you please. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day;there will be bread and vegan soup. Please bring a packed lunch if you are staying. Poster attached. More info: exeterquakernews@gmail.com
9th March (second Monday of every month)
Pray for Exeter Street Pastors
7.30-9.00pm
At St Leonard’s Church, Topsham Road
All Christian intercessors are invited to pray for the work of Exeter Street Pastors, their volunteers, and of course the people they help on Friday and Saturday nights out in the city centre.
10th March (second Tuesday of every month)
Pray for ICE
12 noon
St Michael’s Alphington, EX2 8XJ
Initiatives in Christian Education run an open monthly prayer group in support of their work for children and young people, school staff, parents, and so on, which they do through schools and churches across the city. Join with ICE in prayerfor the next generation.
10th March
Christian Vision for Men: The Tour
7:30-9:30pm
St Leonard’s Church, EX2 4NG
Each event will be a perfect opportunity for men to hear about who Jesus is, why millions follow Him, and to hear about why we believe ‘it’s time for a new kind of man.’ See website for more details and to book your place cvm.org.uk/thetour
12th March
Prayer in a Secular Age – Finding the secret of prayer in the earliest teachers, with Laurence Freeman OSB
7pm
St James’ Church, Mt Pleasant, EX4 7AH
Laurence Freeman is director and spiritual leader of WCCM, the World Community for Christian Meditation. Poster attached.14th March
New Housing Hub – Day Conference
9.30am-4pm
At the Mint Methodist Church, EX4 3AT
In this time of housing crisis, new housing developments are springing upacross Devon. Whole new communities are emerging sometimes with little in the way of community facilities, often with little capacity to nurture friendships amongst the new residents, usually against a backdrop of local protest, and almost always without a church building. Our challenge as Christians is to workout our response to this changing landscape. The New Housing Hub is committed to encouraging Christians to be a prophetic voice of welcome, amidst the sea of protest, and to work together in order to share God’s love with every new housing area. Booking and more info here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/91333542083

14th March-15th March
YMCA Sleep Easy
7pm-7am
“Every year we aim to raise thousands of pounds in order for us to continue providing, building and maintaining clean and safe supported accommodation for homeless young people. 2020 marks the 10th year of Sleep Easy and we are looking for people to sign up, fund raise and join us for this event.” Poster attached. Email emily.hornsby@ymcaexeter.org.uk or call 01392 410530 if you have any questions.

15th March
Progressive Christianity Network (Exeter Group)
2.30pm
At Crediton Congregational Church, EX17 3LB
With Rev Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Conference of the Methodist Church
A warm welcome awaits all who are interested in exploring progressive Christianity. Admission is £3 for members – free admission for first time visitors (donations always welcome)! Refreshments available. More info www.pcnbritain.org.uk (poster attached)21st March

Dovetail Shalom Ministries, with Brenda Taylor
10am-4.30pm
At Holy Trinity church, Arena Park (off Beacon Lane) Exeter EX4 8R
Learn about the love of God for the nation and land of Israel. Free of charge. Bring a packed lunch. Do get in touch if you are interested in finding out more and it’s good to let organisers Martin and Julia West know if you can come at martinjulia.4cfi@yahoo.co.uk
29th March
Worship encounter
4.30-6pm
At Alphington parish church, EX2 8XJ
A session of musical spiritual encounter with God, facilitated by Frank Hodge from Exeter City Community Church on the keys. Poster attached.
Holy Week & Easter
 
10th April
CTAX Good Friday Service – “A Passion for Exeter”
10am
Starting at Exeter Cathedral
It’s always great to get together and worship as a united Christian community. This year, the band from Wonford Methodist will play for us, and Rev. Helen Sherlock from Unlimited Church (Mary Arches Street) will share a short Good Friday message. We will then go out onto Cathedral Green for some art from City Community Church and Salvation Army Band music, then up to Princesshay square for a couple of open-air Gospel messages. Bring friends!

And a look ahead to events beyond Easter: 

4th May-19th October Stones and Bones: The Cathedral Precinct Tours
At Exeter Cathedral

Delve into the history of the Green as we explore the fascinating surrounds of the Cathedral like you have never imagined them, tracing its history from Roman times to the present day. Discover Exeter’s cemetery (you may be surprised!)and find out about the buildings of the Close as well as the construction of both the Norman and the Gothic Cathedrals. Tickets £14 per person(includes admission), tours last 90 mins. More info: www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/whats-on/stones-and-bones-the-cathedral-precinct-tours

8th May (VE Day Bank Holiday)
Ringing Out For Peace
7pm
Bells in cathedrals, churches and other locations will ring out at 7pm on 8th May next year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day. Church bells will be rung throughout our nation and around the world – more information about how you can get involved here: www.veday75.org

10th-17th May
Christian Aid Week
One of the Church’s largest annual witnesses each year. This year’s focus country is Kenya, where Christian Aid are helping poor communities build sand dams to conserve water against droughts. A number of events are planned across Exeter in support, including Christian Aid material being displayed at St Petrock’s (1st-26th May), Big Brekkies at St David’s (on 16th), the Cathedral Chapter House (TBC), and South Street Baptist (12th or 14th), a High Street collection (1-4pm on 17th), door to door collections (throughout the week), and of course church collections (on 10th and 17th). For more info, contact us.
21st-23rd May
Churches Tent at Devon County Show
Westpoint,EX5 1DJ
Churches Together Devon run a Christian presence at Devon County Show, which is held at Westpoint Arena and Showground on the edge of Exeter. Get in contact with County Ecumenical Officer Paul Snell for more info or if you’d like to help: ceo@ctdevon.org.uk

Sat. May 16th. – Set-up.  Can your Church help? Wed. May 20th.  –  Pre-Show Service 6.00pm a welcome to all Exeter Churches.

30th May
2-2:30pm
South West Awake
A chain of prayer and praise around the south west coastal path. Join Christians of all traditions on one of the 630 miles of the coast path to pray Thy Kingdom Come.
For more info and to sign up visit
www.southwestawake.com

31st May
Thy Kingdom Come: Ecumenical Pentecost Service
6pm
At Exeter Cathedral
Don’t miss this uplifting and empowering celebration of the Church’s birthday!

1st-7th June
Joyfest
All across the city
Bring God’s love to those you meet, with acts of joy, so that they see the Church is alive and well in Exeter, and is for them. More info here: https://joyfest.org.uk/

24th June

Prayer Walk Exeter Green Circle
More details coming soon 26th-28th June
26th-28th June
Spree SW, Organised by South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) and Urban Saints
At Westpoint, EX5 1DJ
Hugely popular camping and activity weekend for young people ages 8-17, who come as part of an organised group from their church or Christian youth/children’s group. Booking for Spree SW 2020 is now open: www.spreesw.org6th–7th July
Living and Telling SW 2020
9.30am-4.30pm each day
At Mary Arches St, Exeter EX4 3BA
LIVING AND TELLING is designed to envision, train and equip every Christian to share Jesus naturally and confidently, as a way of life. You will go through 10 video sessions, experiencing the resources which you will then be able to run in your own Living and Telling locally, in your church, house group, CU or youth group! Early Bird £20 (includes all your resources and refreshments).

“Share your faith naturally.”
“It changed my life.”
“Every Christian needs this.”

For more info, email: timmoyler@agape.org.uk

Vacancies

1. Volunteer with CTAX! We are looking for a volunteer to be either our Meetings Secretary or our Treasurer! Full training and support will be provided and our current post holders will provide a comprehensive handover. So… are you interested in Christian unity and churches working, witnessing, and worshiping together? Might God be nudging you to volunteer with us? Why not get in touch? You can find out more about what we do at www.ctax.btck.co.uk and email us on ctaxexeter@gmail.com for more information.

2. The charity Re-Engage are looking for some volunteers. Reengage organise monthly Sunday afternoon gatherings for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation. Please get in touch with lissy@enc.uk.net so we can get you connected with the charity.

3. City Community Church are recruiting a children and family worker for 10 hours a week, starting July 1st 2020. See attached job spec for more information.

4. Bridge Books are looking for someone to regularly update their Website, Facebook and advertising in general. Working from the shop, initially for 7-10 hrs per week.Interested or know someone who may be? Email gary@bridgebooksexeter.co.uk to find out more.

News

1. PRAY 2020: a prayer initiative calling on Christians to pray for 20 minutes, at 20:20, on the 20th of each month in 2020. More info: https://www.hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/327007/Prayer_2020.aspx

2. Lent resources: Lots available, for example:

Churches Together here: https://ctbi.org.uk/lent

The Anglican church’s #LiveLent campaign on climate/ecological crises here: https://exeter.anglican.org/caring-for-gods-creation-new-live-lent-40-day-challenge/

3. The latest Churches Together newsletters for Devon (www.ctdevon.org.uk) and England (www.cte.org.uk/news)

4. Mark Stickland (www.themagicalstorybox.co.uk) is coming to Exeter! He’s running Rediscover’s alternative Hallowe’en event from 4-6pm on 31st October, and while he’s in the city, he’d love it if any other church would like to book him in any time until 2pm for an outreach or training event. He could also do something on the Sunday! Gospel magic show, puppetry workshops, interactive Bible storytelling – great for kids and adults alike. Ping him an email on mark@themagicalstorybox.co.uk to talk more.
5. If you would like to run an event, but need us to underwrite it for you – send us an email.
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