Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus, and in line with the Church of England nationally,
SERVICES in all the Churches within our Mission Community are CANCELLED until further notice

All the churches are closed

Corona Virus

All updates, messages and resources to download are available below. For information about Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals, see below.

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.

A leaflet has been distributed by Honiton Health Matters which contains useful advice and guidance. You can download a copy here.

Thought for the week

How are you managing at present?  The current restrictions are making life difficult for us all, and extremely difficult for many.  It was pleasing to see the leaflet of the Honiton Coronavirus Support Group telling everyone where to go for help during this crisis.  I’m sure many of you are already looking out for others and helping where you can.  Of course, one thing even those of us who are housebound can do, is pray – long and intensely.  We pray for our loved ones, our friends and neighbours, NHS workers, all essential workers who continue to work, the volunteers, the government and all who seek to help…..

A house in King’s Road has a different poster of ideas every week.  This week’s tells us
‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.
Be strong, be kind, Keep the faith.’

How true! I don’t know if the ‘faith’ referred to is the Christian faith but for us it certainly is.  Where would we be without our faith in Jesus Christ?

Today’s gospel (John 11: 1-45) tells how Lazarus is desperately ill. His sisters, Mary and Martha turn to their close friend, Jesus, certain he will not allow Lazarus to die.  And yet, Jesus delays.  He does not arrive in Bethany till Lazarus has been dead for four days. How let down his sisters must have been.  Yet they trust Jesus. At that point Lazarus is still in the grave, but Martha tells Jesus she knows God will give him anything he asks.  What faith! What trust! Can you imagine the joy when Jesus tells Lazarus to come out of the grave – and he does? The sisters’ faith is rewarded.  Jesus tells them that he is the resurrection and the life, and all who believe in him will never die but will live.  All who believe and trust in him may die on this earth but will rise again.

Do we believe and trust in Jesus and his word?

God bless you all in this difficult time.
Revd Christine

From the Rector

We have produced a Prayer leaflet for your use during the Coronavirus emergency. Copies are available in the Churches or
You can download your copy here

A simple form of worship for use at home is available to pick up from all the churches in the Mission Community.  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 a copy here

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

For Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Easter

Exeter Diocese have published Holy Week Worship IdeasHave a look at their page here.

Here’s a beautiful idea for
Palm Sunday
Click here to find out more!

Worship Resources for
Palm Sunday and Holy Week

A Message from the Diocese of Exeter

People are being asked to pray in their own homes as church buildings are closed

DEVON’S CHURCHES CLOSE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT TO TACKLE CORONAVIRUS

Posted: 23rd March, 2020

Anglican churches across Devon are to close with immediate effect following the Prime Minister’s call for people to stay in their homes in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

There will also be no church weddings or baptisms.

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister but they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

Churches had remained open for prayer following the suspension of public worship last week but the new stricter restrictions means buildings will now have to be closed.

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister… we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.

“We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”

Online church services took place across Devon on Mothering Sunday.

Churches in the county are planning to continue to offer online worship, prayer and community whilst following the Government’s instructions.

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

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.

On this page:
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

Clergy

Revd Sue Roberts
Team Rector

rector@honitoncofe.org

Mission Community Worship

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

    CANCELLED

Mission Community Events

  • Thu, 2 April 2020, 7:30 pm: “Table Talk”

    CANCELLED

  • Sat, 4 April 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

  • Tue, 7 April 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

  • Wed, 8 April 2020, 12:00 pm: Lent Lunch

    CANCELLED

  • Sat, 11 April 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

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

    CANCELLED

Resources

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

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

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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