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Church brings the world to Exeter
Danny Lawrence
By Danny Lawrence
BBC Radio Devon

Korean members of the Mint congregation
There's a taste of Asia every week right in the heart of Exeter

The Mint Methodist Church in Exeter is throwing open its newly-renovated doors for a grand weekend of celebrations.

The multi-cultural congregation is welcoming the Reverend Dr Leslie Griffiths to speak at the evening service on Sunday 25 April 2010.

Dr Griffiths is a broadcaster, and a respected past president of the Methodist Commission.

There is also a walk down Mint memory lane in the church on Saturday 24 April.

With a prime position at the top of Fore Street in Exeter, thousands of people walk past the Mint every day.

The Mint Methodist Church, Exeter
See the new look Mint for yourself at the top of Fore Street

The minister, Reverend Andrew Sails, hopes more and more people will come in.

"We're in the middle of the city," said Andrew.

"We're trying not to be just a place that's open for a couple of hours on a Sunday. We're a resource for the whole community.

"People can come in to discuss the Bible, to debate, to pray or to chat."

The Mint hosts activities from martial arts to the Brownies, alongside fundraising efforts benefiting Devon and worldwide organisations.

It's also home to the meetings of the Exeter Interfaith Group, bringing together Jews, Buddhists, Humanists, Pagans and people of many other faiths under a Christian roof.

Andrew Sails champions the diverse make-up of the regular congregation, which includes one foreign community that's so vibrant they have their own pastor at the church.

Rev Heegon Moon
Reverend Heegon Moon leads praise in Korean each week at the Mint

Reverend Heegon Moon leads the only regular Korean worship south west of Bristol.

Those worshippers include civil servants from (South) Korea who come to Exeter University, as well as Korean women who marry an English husband.

"It's important for the Korean people to be pastored, because they're in a foreign country," explained Heegon.

"Korea used to be a Buddhist country for a long time but we had a Western missionary who came to Korea in the 19th century.

"Now 20% of the population is Christian, and we're influenced by Western and Christian cultures in Korea."

Follow the link at the top right to find out more about the international activities taking place at the Mint.




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