Bishop to open Uffculme's Square Corner this weekend

Post date: Aug 16, 2016 11:23:06 AM

Express and Echo article, 16 August 2016SQUARE Corner, a community meeting place in Uffculme, will be officially opened by the Bishop of Crediton this weekend.The Bishop of Crediton, Sarah Mullally is visiting the area as part of her three-day visit to Tiverton and Cullompton and the surrounding area.Her visit is part of a nine month long tour, spending time with people in churches and communities, to discuss the vision and priorities for the Church of England in Devon.Square Corner is a community resource for individuals and local groups which is run by St Mary's Church. It is used for a Youth Café, coffee mornings, craft groups, festive celebrations, community and business meetings, displaying information and much more.Bishop Sarah will kick off her visit on Friday by joining people at Knit and Natter in Bampton before going on a walkabout and enjoying a pub lunch. In the afternoon she is the guest of Dr Michael Dixon in College Surgery in Cullompton where they will focus on spirituality and health. A former nurse, Bishop Sarah was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to nursing and midwifery.

On Saturday she will spend the morning in Silverton before attending the official opening of Square Corner in Uffculme. Following tea with those pursuing vocations in Halberton Church, she will be grilled during a Question Time at Hemyock Village Hall. Joining Bishop Sarah on the panel for the evening will be Julie Dent, Chair of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and Sharon Bradshaw from the Community Housing Action Team.

After presiding and preaching at Holy Communion in St Peter's Tiverton and attending the Family Service in Bickleigh, Bishop Sarah will round-off her visit by attending Youth Worship in the evening in Cullompton.

Bishop Sarah said: "Tiverton and Cullompton are such diverse communities and I am looking forward to spending time with them over the three days.

"It will be really good to meet a range of people from those going to knit and natter on Friday morning in Bampton, to those in church leadership and to answer questions along with others in Hemyock.

"I hope that not only those from the churches but also the community will feel welcome to join me."

Bishop Robert launched the new vision and its three priorities to pray, grow and serve with joy this spring. He and the Bishop of Plymouth Nick McKinnel and the Bishop of Crediton Sarah Mullally, are spending the year visiting parishes to talk with people about the priorities to grow the Church in Devon, and to serve the community.