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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.

A Reflection for Holy Week

Palm Sunday sets us off on a journey through what for Christians is the most poignant week of the year and absolutely vital to our expression of faith, prayer and worship as we travel, in a very real sense, with Jesus through the final days of his life leading to Calvary.

The Eucharist on Palm Sunday is a service of two halves. Usually we meet in the Mackarness Hall where the palm crosses are blessed and the gospel account of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem is read before we set off in procession to the church holding our palms and singing ‘All glory, laud and honour’ – the only time we sing it all year. We are reminded of the triumph of that first Palm Sunday as we sing ‘Ride on, ride on in majesty’ and reflect on the rejoicing of the crowd around Jesus as they extol him as The Son of David, the Messiah  as they shout ‘Hosanna’ – the Greek form of a Hebrew word meaning ‘save we beseech thee’.

But then the service changes in its focus as the great reading of The Passion tells of the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. We journey through Maundy Thursday and the celebration of the Last Supper where Jesus instituted the Eucharist which has become the central act of Christian worship down the centuries in which we realise the sacramental presence of Jesus with us in a unique way. We imitate Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and are reminded of the way we are called to serve one another, society and the world.  We follow him and the disciples into the Garden of Gethsemane and the agony he undergoes as he accepts what has to happen to him. Then his arrest after Judas betrays him and the trials before the chief priests and Pilate which is read in the Passion for Good Friday. We enter into the desolation of the hill of Calvary and the stark reality of the cross acknowledging the fear, sorrow, anguish and bewilderment of the disciples.

Then on Holy Saturday night we would gather to proclaim the risen Christ, the kindling of light in darkness and the rejoicing which leads into Easter Day and the glorious shout of ‘Alleluia, Christ is risen’ as we greet the Lord among us in word and sacrament.

This year it will all be different. We shall not be able to be together physically for any of these great services. For many there will be a real sense of bereavement and loss of something very special and dear to their lives. But we can be together in prayerful reflection of all the worship of Holy Week and Easter. No doubt there will be a greater awareness of the suffering, anxiety and pain of so many people at present – those who in a sense are going through their own passion facing illness, loneliness and isolation. We can also share in worship which is provided on the Internet and through Church websites. We can read and reflect on all the Holy Week events by reading the accounts in our bibles. If we possess a hymn book reading the words of familiar Passiontide and Holy Week hymns can be a very good devotion in itself. Whatever we do I hope it will be a very blessed and hope filled Holy Week and Easter.

John Rawlings

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 Holy Week and Easter

Watch this video by the Rector

Worship Resources for
Holy Week

Follow the link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOTN2qajTOc
Or search Rev Ann Open the Book

Let us Celebrate Easter Together

Live Service Broadcasts for Holy Week and Easter from Exeter Cathedral

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

Despite the current lockdown restrictions, Exeter Cathedral is delighted to be able to bring you these Holy Week worship broadcasts.
All will be available, both live and on-demand, at the Cathedral’s Facebook page:

Palm Sunday, 5 April
10.00am The Eucharist, President and Preacher Canon Chris Palmer, Canon Chancellor

DOWNLOAD THE PALM SUNDAY ORDER OF SERVICE >

Monday in Holy Week, 6 April
  7.30pm Address by the Dean: St Therese of Lisieux, followed by Compline led by the Canon Precentor

Tuesday in Holy Week, 7 April
  7.30pm Address by the Dean: St Therese of Lisieux, followed by Compline led by the Canon Precentor

Wednesday in Holy Week, ‘Spy Wednesday’, 8 April
  7.30pm Address by the Dean: St Therese of Lisieux, followed by ‘The Lamentations of Jeremiah’, set by Thomas Tallis (1505-85), sung by the Cathedral’s Choral Scholars (pre-recorded on 21 March).

Maundy Thursday, 9 April
  7.30pm The Eucharist and commemoration of the Last Supper, with vigil watch for one hour: President and Preacher, Canon Chris Palmer, Canon Chancellor

Good Friday, 10 April
  2.00pm The liturgy for Good Friday, led by Canon James Mustard, Canon Precentor

Easter Day, 12 April
  10.00am The Eucharist for Easter Day: President and Preacher, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean

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

  • 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

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

    CANCELLED

  • Tue, 21 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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