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The Prayer Gathering planned for Monday 22 April has been cancelled

as our APCM has been moved to that same evening. The next Prayer Gathering will be on Monday 29 th April from 1 p.m.to 1:45 p.m. at St Paul’s Church.



The Annual Parochial Church Meeting  Monday  22nd April at 7 p.m. at St Paul's Church.

It consists of two parts. The first is to elect churchwardens and anyone on the Electoral Roll or living in the Parish is invited to attend and vote for churchwardens. Whilst all are welcome to attend the second part of the meeting, only those whose names are on the Electoral Roll can vote or take part. At that meeting we will receive the annual reports, approve the accounts and elect members of the PCC and Deanery Synod representatives. We therefore need an accurate and up to date Electoral Roll.

What you need to do:

• If you've been worshipping with us for 6 months please register on the electoral roll if you have not already done so.

• Notify us if you attend a different congregation in the benefice to last year.

• If you are now worshiping somewhere else, please ask to take your name off the Electoral Roll, as the diocese use the ER to calculate our parish share.

• Plan to attend the meeting if you are able and, in any case, pray for the meeting and those who will be elected.

Please do this as soon as you are able - forms will be in churches soon - as your name must be on the roll by 1st April if you wish to vote.

In terms of the elections this year... Churchwardens are nominated annually and we need a Churchwarden for each worshipping community. Could you nominate or second a nomination? Would you accept if someone asked to nominate you? The only other vacancies are for two PCC members for St Mary's, Wolborough; and for one additional PCC member to act also as a Deanery Synod representative. Nomination forms will be available soon in your church.

If you have any questions, please talk to clergy, your PCC members or Churchwarden.



A New Priest for St Luke’s Milber and St John’s Bovey Tracey.

Reverend Matthew Cashmore has been appointed Vicar of Bovey Tracey St John with Heathfield and Team Vicar in the Newton Abbot Team Ministry with special responsibility for the parish of St Luke, Milber in the Diocese of Exeter. Fr Matthew has been Vicar of St Anselm, Hayes in the Diocese of London.

Before ordination, Fr Matthew worked for the BBC and later for publishing and bookselling businesses in the development of digital communications including digital broadcasting, podcasting production, and e-book publication. Having discerned a vocation to the priesthood, he earned a degree in theology from the University of Durham and prepared for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. His initial curacies were in Hereford and West London, and he has served the parish of St Anselm, Hayes in West London since 2019.

Your prayers are asked for Fr Matthew, his wife Catherine, and their son Edmund as they adjust to their new home in Milber Vicarage; and for this new stage in Fr Matthew’s life and work as a priest.

You can follow Fr Matthew on Twitter at @matthewcashmore or read his blog at www.thelondonbiker.com/blog/



Praying for our New Bishop of Exeter

This is the year our new Bishop of Exeter will hopefully be appointed. Please continue to pray for the selection and discernment process as it moves forward. The shortlisting of candidates will take place in February, with interviews likely to be in held in April.



Milk Bottle Tops

St. Luke’s are collecting for the Childrens’ Hospice South West. Please save your plastic tops (not cartons) and send them to the office or leave them in church to be brought to the office. Thank you.





BEWARE - SCAM!

Churches in Devon are being warned to be on the alert for an email scam in which fake emails are being sent out which look like they are from a bishop or the local vicar.

In fact they are a fraud, designed to trick recipients into doing the sender a 'favour' by buying online gift cards for them.

Some people have lost thousands of pounds before realising their bishop or vicar has not really emailed them and they have been conned.

Police Advice

Action Fraud, a national police scheme, offers the following advice about scam emails:

The first email typically reads something like “[name], are you free at the moment?” or it may be more detailed, such as “Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am currently busy… so no calls just reply to my email.”

A reply then draws the recipient into a dialogue in which they are encouraged to buy vouchers, and ultimately send images of their serial and security numbers to the fraudster.

Please click here to read the full story and for detailed advice about spotting scam emails.

Stay Safe Online



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Parish Office Hours.

Parish Office at St Paul's Church, Devon Square is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For all enquiries, please phone 01626 211346 or email office@newtonabbotparishes.co.uk

Mel Dunn, Benefice Administrator.



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