CTAX News January 2020

Dear friend,

We regularly get asked to help publicise Christian events, vacancies, and news from across the Churches and by diverse different Christians from all over the city. And we love doing so! It is such a privilege to be part of bringing God’s people together for united witness, worship, service, and more.

Please help us, by sending us your event details, vacancies, and news, and by cascading this email to your churchmates and friends. And you might also “like” and “follow” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTAXChristiansTogether to share our posts there!

Hannah, Ash, and the CTaX team


From now until 22nd February

Tree of Life and Open Heavens Exhibition
Exeter Cathedral
A stunning three panel exhibition showing a journey from the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the New Heaven and New Earth in Revelation. Discover the story through Jacqui Parkinson’s thoughtful, vivid and brilliant tapestries.

From 30th January
Marriage Course
The beginning of the year could be a great opportunity to invest some time in your marriage. The Marriage Course is for any couple who would like their relationship to be the best it can be. This eight session course starts Thursday 30th January. If you’d like to book a place or know more about the course, please visit:
or email marriage@belmontchapel.org.uk
or contact Belmont’s Office on 01392 258029. The course is already half full, so don’t delay!

3rd (9am) 5th (9am), 11th (8.30am), and 13th (9am) Feb
Joyfest church leaders’ breakfasts
At the Imperial, EX4 4AH
To encourage, equip and mobilise the members of our churches to reach out to the people around them with acts of joy this summer, we’re launching the plans for Joyfest 2020 over breakfast meetings in early February at the Imperial (you only need to come to one). Ask any questions and sign up to participate. Book in for one of the breakfasts here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joyfest-2020-launch-for-church-leaders-tickets-85649994439

4th Feb (first Tuesday of every month)
Pray for Exeter
Rediscover Church, Northernhay
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 a non-partisan way) knowing these have a local effect.

5th Feb
Public meeting: new housing in and around Exeter, with Deanery Synod
At St Michael’s Alphington
The speaker will be Ed Moffatt from
the diocese of Exeter, speaking about how the Church can and is engaging with the issue of new housing around Exeter. More info here: https://facebook.com/events/s/the-church-and-new-housing/812067905927355/

5th-11th February
Inspection Visit to Israel/Palestine – with County Ecumenical Officer Rev’d Paul Snell
Trip specifically designed for church leaders who might consider leading such a trip themselves in the future, designed to give a full overview of what is possible on such a journey. Includes all the normal content of a Holy Land pilgrimage, with time to visit the major biblical sites of the Old and New Testaments, to follow the earthly life and ministry of Jesus and to pause for reflection, prayer and worship. Offered at the highly subsidised price of £475 per person based on a shared room. All flights, half-board accommodation, entrance fees, transfers and coach travel are included. It may also be possible for you to bring your partner with you at the slightly higher price of £575. More info from Rev’d Paul Snell on 07735 603553 or 01884 839218 or paul@maranatha.co.uk

10th Feb (second Monday of every month)
Exeter Street Pastors’ monthly prayer
St Leonard’s Church
Exeter Street Pastors’ monthly prayer meeting – all Christian intercessors and their friends 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.

11th Feb (second Tuesday of every month)
Pray for ICE
12 noon
St Michael’s Alphington
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 prayer for the next generation.

12th Feb
Public meeting:
CTaX Council with a focus on students, youth and childrens’ work in the city.
St Matt’s, Lower Summerlands
Find out how Christians are enabling children and young people to flourish, across Exeter. Poster attached.

19th and 26th February, 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th March, and 1st April
The Healing Anointing Study Course
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 discovery with this exciting spiritual course. In these sessions we look at being empowered 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
22nd Feb
The Big Green Event
Exeter Cathedral
A one-day festival of thought and action to join up faith and the environment – and inspire us to make a difference. Keynote speaker: Bishop Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and lead bishop for environmental affairs. Workshops: Science, theology, food, direct action, buildings & ecochurch, biodiversity, global perspective & the Lent Book as well as a creative corner, seminars, panel discussion and more. Eventbrite booking to follow, or contact chris.keppie@exeter.anglican.org

22nd February
C R U C I B L E   C O U R S E
South Street Baptist Church
This pioneer training course has been designed for Christians with courage and imagination, who believe we need to think creatively about church and mission. Get in touch for more information, or to book your place visit: www.urbanexpression.org.uk/crucible
28th Feb
Crosslink Transformation Network South West (CTN) Breakfast – all welcome
At Toby Carvery (conference rooms), Rydon Lane, Middlemoor, Exeter, EX2 7HL
Speaker: David Shadbolt is a Business Consultant, Author and Speaker.
Theme: Can the activities of businesses be affected by spiritual factors just as individuals are? David firmly believes so. “God is interested in our businesses and wants to speak to us about them”.
No charge for the meeting itself – although donations towards room hire always welcome. Just choose and order your breakfast upon arrival and pay direct to venue. Bookings not required – just come and join us! Poster attached.
29th Feb
Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning
At Exeter Guildhall
Including an opportunity to meet friends from Ghana who grow the cocoa beans for your chocolate! Poster attached.
4th March
Taming Gaming
Exeter YMCA
An evening with Andy Robertson, a journalist for BBC, The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is bringing a unique session on how to guide children to healthy video gaming. If gaming does concern you or you want to use it for positive interaction, then join us on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 7:00pm for this fantastic event! Sign up here https://www.ymcaexeter.org.uk/events/taming-gaming-an-evening-with-andy-robertson/

12th March
Prayer in a Secular Age – Finding the secret of prayer in the earliest teachers, with Laurence Freeman OSB
St James’ Church, Mt Pleasant
Laurence Freman is director and spiritual leader of WCCM, the World Community for Christuan Meditation. There is growing interest in silent and contemplative prayer. Laurence is an excellent speaker. He is well informed and has dedicated his life to offering this way of Christian pray to all in our modern age. Poster attached.

14th March
New Housing Hub – Day Conference

At the Mint Methodist Church, EX4 3AT
In this time of housing crisis, new housing developments are springing up across 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 work out 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

YMCA Sleep Easy
7pm 14th March – 7am 15th March
“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, fundraise and join us for this event.” Poster attached. Email emily.hornsby@ymcaexeter.org.uk or call 01392 410530 if you have any questions.

8th May (VE Day Bank Holiday)
Ringing Out For Peace
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

21st-23rd May

Devon County Show
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
30th May
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
31st May
Thy Kingdom Come: Ecumenical Pentecost Service
At the cathedral
Don’t miss this uplifting and empowering celebration of the Church’s birthday!

1st-7th June
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/

26th-28th June
Spree SW, Organised by South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) and Urban Saints
At Westpoint
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.org

6th–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


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 worshipping 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. Volunteer with Exeter Street Pastors.
You are invited to come out for ½ night as an observer to get a feel for it, no obligation. For more info, contact: https://streetpastors.org/locations/exeter/contact-us

3. Child Contact Centre (southernhayccc.co.uk). Volunteers urgently needed to join our team of 13 volunteers who enable children to see their non-resident parent every other Saturday. This voluntary role involves helping in our child Contact Centre for one Saturday morning or afternoon each month. Support and Training is available from our co-ordinator and colleagues, the Management Committee and NACC (the National Association of Child Contact Centres). Details from Julia: 07592 701091 juliams22571@gmail.com or Ruth: 07775 158808 southernhaycontact@gmail.com

4. Choices Pregnancy Centre need caring compassionate people to join their great team of voluntary practitioners who support people through pregnancy related difficulties and loss. Training is given to work through Step By Step programs with clients. Once qualified, we work in pairs, and time given to the charity can be very flexible. For more details and an informal chat please phone Sue 07826715377 or email choicespregnancyexeter@gamil.com before 15th February 2020.
5. Devon and Cornwall Police are looking for two (possibly three) volunteer chaplains for our CMCU centre (which is where the 999 calls come into) in Exeter, and then one or two for our headquarters in Middlemoor. Expenses are reimbursed and various training opportunities are provided. For more info, email Sarah.JEFFREY@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

6. 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.


1. Allchurches Trust Grants available: Growing Lives grants program, to help churches and Christian organisations build lasting links with local families and support the next generation to reach their potential. We want churches and Christian organisations to believe that they can engage more confidently and effectively with young people in their community. More info here: http://www.allchurches.co.uk/

2. 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

3. Pianist available: Stephen Beville is an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer who is living in Exeter. He has already given recitals in several Exeter churches. He asked us to circulate his details in case more churches would like to make use of him. Please see www.satyahoo.com for more info.
4. Eularia Clarke was a painter who refused to sell her religious paintings, which is why she is not widely known today. Her art is often described as being reminiscent of Stanley Spencer, and owe much to the early Renaissance fresco painters, Giotto and Fra Angelico. Her images of Christ evoke the quality of Byzantine iconography in their stillness and consistency. Her flare for the dramatic shows in the emotions on the faces of her people. Her aim was to portray the Gospels in the here and now, to give them the immediacy that she felt they deserved, to bring them alive for people. Can your church exhibit her work? Find out more, here: http://eulariaclarke.com

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