For other services and events, see the weekly Pew Leaflet
Further information can be found in our Leaflets or by contacting the Parish Office (normally open Monday to Friday 09.30 - 12.30).
99 High Street, Honiton, EX14 1PG 01404 44035 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mackarness Hall is part of the church's facilities and is available to hire - for more information please see the website.
The Crypt, spaces within the church and on the forecourt are available to hire.
Please contact the Parish Office for all enquiries about bookings.
New! Around the Parishes
We are pleased to introduce a new monthly publication, "Around the Parishes". It can be downloaded here.
St Paul’s has registered with Eco Church and is working towards a bronze award.
To find out more see https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to one of the following:
· The Parish Office on 01404 44035
· Lyn Thatcher on 01404 41429
· You could also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team at - https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.
From CHRISTMAS until CANDLEMAS
Welcome to our St Paul’s Church in Honiton, where we are celebrating the wonderful Feast of Christmas. Whilst the world around us returns to normal after the New Year, for Christians the Christmas season lasts right up until 2 February!
As well as celebrating with great joy on Christmas Day, we will be continuing in the weeks after to reflect upon what this baby, born in a stable, and welcomed by poor shepherds and wealthy kings alike, means for our world today. I hope that for you Christmas won’t end as soon as the decorations come down, but that in the year to come you will be inspired to explore what Jesus might mean in your life, and what place in it you might give to him.
You might like to use these words:
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you;
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Common Worship, Archbishop’s Council 2000
With every blessing
Two years ago, I visited Palestine (aka West Bank/ Israeli Occupied Territories) and was deeply moved at the plight of people suffering as a result of the occupation. I had to return.
I signed up for an Amos Trust Home Rebuild, and returned this Spring to help re-house a family (whose home had been demolished at 3.00am by the Israeli military a few years earlier). We were a big group - mostly retired - and the usual reaction of the Palestinian builders is “Oh no, a bunch of geriatrics!” Once the team gets to work the reaction quickly changes. We tidied up the site removing trip hazards. We formed chain gangs for building blocks, metal props, cement and wood. We mixed cement and concrete using mattocks, made ladders out of pallets and plastered and painted exterior walls. The pouring of concrete onto the roof was a day to celebrate.
Elsewhere, we helped to dismantle and relocate a 3 polytunnel greenhouse, create a vineyard and plant 200 vines, level a heap of gravel/rocks for a volleyball court base and plant a number of small trees.
On the final evening the family, builders and our team celebrated the completion of the work with a meal, traditional music and dancing at a restaurant near Bethlehem.
I believe that all people – Israeli and Palestinian, Muslim, Jew and Christian should be respected and treated as people of equal value. This is also the view of many Israelis. A rebuild not only provides a home, it tells all who hear of it that Palestine is not forgotten. It restores hope for a family and their local community and I can’t wait to do it all again.
Shalom, salam, peace,
On Tuesday and Saturday Mornings, to coincide with Honiton’s market days, we have a Coffee Morning between 10:00 am & 12:00 noon, and everyone is welcome.
St. Paul’s is on facebook. You can find all the latest news and updates on https://www.facebook.com/honitoncofe
For details of other services on weekdays and special occasions, see our weekly Pew Leaflet