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Our normal point of contact is the Parish Office – 01404 44035     office@honitoncofe.org   
However, the office will NOT be open to visitors during the crisis. Emails and voicemail will be checked as often as we can.

There is a special mobile phone line for anyone with an URGENT NEED to contact the Honiton Mission Community: 07565 740894.
In order to provide a record of your requirements we ask that you TEXT this number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In love for a world undergoing crucifixion and awaiting resurrection

Please don't forget the FOOD BANK at this difficult time

Please don't forget the FOOD BANK at this difficult time


All our churches have been closed during the pandemic.
Now that  lockdown rules have been relaxed, we are opening for private prayer – see which churches are open:

Watch this space for updates:

We are pleased to announce that the following churches are OPEN on a limited basis for personal prayer:

Awliscombe  opening times – click here for details

Buckerell  opening times –  click here for details

Gittisham opening times – click here for details

Honiton  opening times – click here for details

Combe Raleigh & Cotleigh remain closed at present

A Reflection on the Mission to Seafarers for SEA SUNDAY

Issues addressed by The Mission to Seafarers

(click images to find out more)

Working long hours is part of life at sea, but the Mission is very clear that seafarers must be allowed proper rest periods…

Seafarers are cut off from their loved ones for months on end – sometimes up to a year…

Abandonment of ships and of the crews on board has been highlighted by…

Mental Health
Mental health problems on board ships is a key area of concern for The Mission to Seafarers…

The Mission to Seafarers has campaigned tirelessly for more media and public…

Seafaring remains one of the world’s most dangerous jobs…

The Mission to Seafarers - Two Case Studies

From the UK:
Chaplain helps secure victory for crew members not paid wages for several months
Note: Names have been omitted to protect the identity of crew members
A Mission to Seafarers chaplain has helped crew members to claim back wages not paid to them for several months in a row.
The chaplain stepped on board the vessel in a port in the UK and immediately felt as if something was amiss.
“The crew weren’t laughing or smiling, they weren’t waving happily as they usually would, instead they stood around listlessly drained of all energy and with downcast expressions”.
The chaplain soon found out that many of the crew members hadn’t been paid for several months, and that one crew member had been forced to overstay their contract for four months because they hadn’t received wages. One crew member had not been allowed to return home for his grandmother’s funeral.
The chaplain quickly actioned some initial steps that would help the crew members out of their situation. They provided SIM cards for the crew and gave them the contact information for the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to complain about the conditions they were facing on board.
After a few days, some good news was reported: the entire crew had finally received their wages in full, the crew members who had overstayed their contracts were repatriated with a promise of good references, and the seafarer who had lost his grandmother was sent home at the company’s expense.
Problems with late pay on-board vessels can have devastating effects on the family of crew members, who can be reliant on wages sent by seafarers to live. Crew members often don’t turn to organisations to help them because of a lack of knowledge about basic rights, and because they have no means of contacting external help – due in part to unpaid wages.
The chaplain’s initial visit helped to change the culture on board the ship. When the ship returned to port six months later, the chaplain was able to see first-hand the changes that had taken place on board during that time.
The chaplain noted that:
“The seafarers were extremely grateful for the changes that had been sparked by his visit and were much happier in their jobs as a result.”
Crew were visibly happier and felt able to discuss issues openly with their company without fear of reprisals. The ITF, Border Force, and Coast guard all helped to resolve the issues which were highlighted by the chaplains initial welfare check.¬¬¬¬

From New Zealand:
When the Covid-19 lockdown started at the end of March in New Zealand, the Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre closed its doors like many other seafarers’ centres world-wide. “It looked like the shore based welfare link for seafarers was severed,” says the Rev John McLister, the Mission to Seafarers’ chaplain in the port of Lyttelton.
However, a number of developments in April have seen Mr McLister return to work and the Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre reopen. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) advised ports that seafarers entering NZ were considered essential workers; and if their ship had been 14 days or more coming to NZ and had no health issues, crews were allowed shore leave.
MNZ also informed ports that port chaplains were to be considered essential workers; and ports were to facilitate their access to vessels. MNZ also stressed the importance of ensuring seafarers had internet connectivity while in port.
“While the situation in some ports hasn’t changed much, even after MNZ advice, in Lyttelton, we’ve been up and running for a couple of weeks now,” says Mr McLister.
“I think this is due to the good relationship we have with the Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) and their appreciation of the plight of seafarers arriving in the port.”
A number of measures have been introduced in Lyttelton to meet seafarers’ welfare needs during the Covid-19 lockdown period:
• The port pilots give each ship a flyer with the Seafarers’ Centre information and the services that can be provided.
• The Mission to Seafarers’ chaplain visits ships – to the top of the gangway – and provides the crew with a portable wifi unit that up to 15 people can use.
• Personal shopping items can be purchased online at the local supermarket or thorough the chaplain who delivers purchases to the ship.
• Free SIM cards are provided for seafarers who request them.
• The Seafarers’ Centre is now open for crews eligible for shore leave.
“Lyttelton is the home port for three large factory trawlers and we also have one from the port of Nelson here for repairs,” says Mr McLister. “Each has a crew of about 80 guys, so that’s 320 Russian and Ukrainians in port at the moment. Normally, there are crew changes at the beginning of winter, but with the Covid-19 restrictions, the trawler crews are going nowhere. We’ve had over 200 visits from them to the Centre in the last two weeks and we’re changing thousands of dollars for them, as there is no bank here.”
With the Seafarers’ Centre’s volunteers stood down until New Zealand’s Covid-19 restrictions drop to safe levels, Mr McLister has been very busy. “I’ve had to put in a few 12 hour days,” he says. I try to drop the wifi unit to the ship before 10 am and pick it up after dinner, so the crew can use it during breaks and meal times. If they want some shopping, I’ll do that in the late afternoon. In the evenings, I open the Seafarers’ Centre for the trawler crews, as that is when they come ashore after a day’s work. Without our volunteers who normally staff the Centre in the evenings, it has become a 10 am to 10 pm job, seven days a week.”
To alleviate Mr McLister’s workload and to help provide the standard of care crews need, the Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre Charitable Trust has approved an increase in the work hours of the Centre’s part-time welfare worker Glen Estrada. “We have offered Glen 30 hours a week,” says the Revd Tina Thorpe, treasurer of the Trust. “Previously Glen was funded through the Christchurch City Council’s Strengthening Communities Fund to open the Centre on the weekends. Now he can open the Centre on other nights of the week and between him and John we’ve got most bases covered.”
“I think this is a generous commitment by the Trust,” says Mr McLister. “It is a nonprofit, charitable organisation with limited funding sources, but without this commitment, dozens of seafarers would end up on the street corner outside the local library trying to connect to the free wifi. We had this situation a few years back and we don’t want to return to guys standing in the cold at night.”
In support of the work the Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre is doing, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust has funded the purchase of an electric vehicle for the Centre to help reduce fuel costs, facilitate ship visits, do shopping for seafarers, and transport crew when needed. “We are extremely pleased,” says Mr McLister, “It has made our job so much easier.

Resources to use at home

THIS WEEK: Worship at Home during Trinity

Sunday 12th July 2020
The Fifth Sunday After Trinity

Worship is available on the internet using ‘Zoom’, and on the telephone, using a conferencing facility. 
If you would like to know more about joining in with either, please contact either
Revd Sue  (01404 42925 or email Sue) or Julia Barrett (email Julia)

here’s an order of service for you to use:

Click on any page above to open the image viewer

To hear the tunes for this worship see below.
Now there’s no excuse for not joining in!

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Eternal Father, strong to save

Exeter Cathedral

You may also be interested in Music and Worship from the Cathedral. Link to their pages here.

Celebrate Together Team at St Paul’s Honiton

We continue to make videos every week and post them on You Tube on Fridays. We shall explore together the creation story, a sad day when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and the stories of Noah and Abraham. The fourth and last in this series of 4 videos is called God’s Friend

We have put the links to the songs that go with each video, so do have a singalong at the end of each video.

We look forward to seeing you all one day, but in the meantime sit back and enjoy the videos and songs.

Lots of love and prayers from all the Celebrate Together team.

This week’s video:
Jesus’ Special Friends 

. . .  and here are the songs for you to sing along to:

Take part

We have produced a Prayer leaflet for your use during the Coronavirus emergency.

You can download your copy here

A simple form of worship for use at home is available.  I encourage you to stop each Sunday morning at the time of your usual church service, and use this service, worshipping at home, but as part of the Body of Christ, and its local expression in your community.  I will of course be praying it in solidarity with all of you. 
With my love and blessings,  Sue

You can download your copy here

Resources for children, families and young people

Exeter Diocese have developed a huge range of resources and activities for children of all ages.

Have a look at what they have to offer here

Baptisms & Weddings

As you will know, the Government has said that there can be no weddings or baptisms during the current situation.  We appreciate that this will cause much sadness and disappointment.  However, we really hope that you will get back in touch with us once we are out of this pandemic, and that you will want us to play our part in sharing in your celebrations. 

If you want to get in touch in the meantime to talk about your plans or hopes , you are so welcome to do so.


Funerals will continue to take place during the current situation.  However, only the immediate family will be able to be present, and the number of people involved must not exceed single figures.  There will be no organist.   Preparations for the service will be made by telephone and email contact.   

These restrictions will, inevitably be incredibly sad and difficult for everyone concerned, and we will do our best to support you in whatever way we can.  We will of course, be delighted to help you to arrange a service of Thanksgiving or a Memorial service once the restrictions are fully lifted.

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Worship  –  Events  –  Safeguarding

The Honiton Mission Community seeks to communicate God’s love and to reach out to others by encouraging people through pastoral care, participation and worship.

The Churches in our Mission Community

Our new website

If you are expecting to see the St Paul’s, Honiton website at this address, then let’s explain.

The domain name “HonitonCofE.org” feels more appropriate to the whole of the church in the Honiton area. So we have decided to make this the page that will cover all the activities that involve and affect all the parishes and churches in the Honiton Mission Community (HMC).

Each church’s individual page(s) can be linked by:
 * clicking on the appropriate image,   or
 * by selection from the menu,   or
 * direct from your browser using the format www.HonitonCofE.org/{church} (eg. www.HonitonCofE.org/Awliscombe)

We hope that you like the result and we look forward to receiving feedback and suggestions on how we can keep this important resource up-to-date and relevant.

Sue Roberts, Team Rector
Charles Pegman, Website Coordinator


Revd Sue Roberts

Team Rector


Julia Barrett
Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)


Mission Community Worship

  • Sun, 26 July 2020, 11:00 am: Mission Community Eucharist at St Paul’s


Mission Community Events

  • Tue, 14 July 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 18 July 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Tue, 21 July 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 25 July 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning



Find out more about what the Church can offer for Christenings, Weddings and Funerals.

These are general presentations. When you are ready to make specific arrangements, please contact us via the Parish Office.

 + Christenings & Holy Baptism

 + Weddings

 + Funerals 


Safeguarding is the responsibility of each church in our Mission Community. Please see the appropriate parish page (from the menu above) for more detail.

SAFEGUARDING in the Honiton Mission Community – Promoting Safer Churches

The parishes of Awliscombe, Buckerell, Combe Raleigh, Cotleigh, Gittisham and Honiton (which make up the Honiton Mission Community) are committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk to worship and grow in Christ safely.
Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
As a Mission Community (group of parish churches) we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. 
All our PCCs (Church Councils) have formally adopted this and signed a Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church and a copy of this can be found on each church’s page on this site. 
We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within each church.
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to the appropriate contact for your church – see the list or visit the church’s page on this website:

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.

Honiton Mission Community Safeguarding

Parish Contacts



Combe Raleigh




Specific parish contacts are listed on their respective pages. For general enquiries and to book Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, please contact:


The Parish Office
St Paul’s Church
High Street
Honiton  EX14 1PG

01404 44035     office@honitoncofe.org

“Around the Parishes” is the monthly newsletter of the
Honiton Mission Community.

Download your copy here.

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