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Latest site updates:  Buckerell have a lay-led service on Sunday 16th May and an Annual Meeting on Thursday 20th May. See Buckerell page for more detail.

Worship for the sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 9th May

ZOOM:  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)


click here for an order of service for you to use.

Because of copyright restrictions, we have introduced a password to enable this document to be opened only by our congregations. 

If you would like a copy and need the password, please email us.

Also, physical services have restarted:

In addition to the ZOOM services on Sundays we are also celebrating
REAL
services at St Paul’s:

Said Eucharist – 11 am at St Paul’s

Places are limited and booking is essential – please contact the Parish Office if you are interested in finding out more or getting involved.

Also, a monthly Eucharist has been announced at Buckerell

Suspended during LOCKDOWN

A Reflection for Easter 6

John 15:9-17

In the Gospel for last Sunday we read about the vine: how some branches produce fruit and are pruned, cared for and nurtured, while others fail to produce any fruit at all and so are cut off, thrown away and burned.

Productivity. What do you produce, how, and in what quantity?  It seems that this has become one of the prime ways in which we measure the value of people’s lives – our own included. It’s the basis of our economic system; it’s there in our educational system – for staff and students alike; it’s there in the world of academia: ‘publish or perish’ is a well known phrase.  It’s pervasive in our society.  And I’m quite sure you don’t have to be still of working age to succumb to it!  I can value my days off and my holidays in just the same way – what have I achieved – in the garden, as the length of a walk or a bike ride, in tidying the house. 

It sometimes seems we’ve been lured into believing that productivity is our true goal as humans.  Thinking back to last week’s Gospel reading, all about the vine, the branches and the fruit, I wonder if we don’t run the risk of reading even that passage through the lens of this ‘wonderful productivity’ mindset.

I mean, how many of us have been told, in some form or fashion, or have come to believe for ourselves that pruned branches go to heaven and removed branches go to hell? The pruned branches have produced so they are rewarded – but the non-productive branches … well, they’re punished, they’re thrown into the fire.

If we read the passage with  that (mis)understanding, then  fruit becomes what God demands of our life and the means by which we appease God.  And from there, it’s only a short hop to sorting ourselves and one another into fruit bearing or non-fruit bearing branches.

In this passage, as in this morning’s Gospel reading, Jesus isn’t demanding productivity. He offers, (which is quite different from demanding), connectivity, relationship, and intimacy.  He desires these things, he doesn’t demand. In short he’s talking about relationships rather than transactions.

The fruit you and I produce (or don’t) is a sign of our interior life and its health.  The fruit reveals whether we are living connected lives or disconnected ones, whether we are part of the vine or have become separated from it in some way.  We don’t actually choose whether we produce fruit, but we do choose where we abide and how we stay connected.

Fruit or the lack thereof is a manifestation of our interior life and health. It describes and reveals whether we are living connected or disconnected lives. Fruit production is the natural consequence of staying connected. We see that in long-term friendships and marriages. We do not choose whether or not we produce fruit. We do, however, choose where we abide and how we stay connected.

We all know what it’s like. Sometimes we lose touch with a particular person. We no longer know where they are, what they’re doing, or what is happening in their life. One day we run into them. It’s a bit awkward. No one is sure what to say. There’s not much to talk about. There’s no deep abiding presence, the connection is lost, and it seems as if what was has been thrown away. Other people we run into after five or ten years and the conversation immediately picks up where we left off those many years ago. Even though we were apart we never left each other. There was and remains a connection and mutual abiding that time, distance, and the circumstances of life cannot sever.

Questions like “What fruit am I producing?” “How much?” “Is it an acceptable quality?” can  be  good questions – as long as we understand and ask them diagnostically, as questions not about the quantity of our lives but the quality of our lives. That’s what Jesus is after. That is the deeper question he is asking. It is the invitation to join the conversation, jump into the game, to participate, and to live fully alive. That only happens when the life, the love, and the goodness and holiness of Christ flow in us, when we abide in him and allow his love to feed and nurture us.  Then we become an extension of and manifest his life, love, and holiness.

It is a relationship of union even as a branch is united to the vine. We live our lives as one. This is not just about relationship with Jesus; it affects and is the basis for our relationships with one another. Love for Jesus, one another, and ourselves become one love. We soon discover we are living one life and the fruit of that life and love is abundant, overflowing, and Father glorifying.

Amen.

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“Around the Parishes”

May 2021

The May edition is here!

Download the PDF by clicking here

Ascension & Pentecost - a message from The Rector

Future event:

Music for a summer night

The Diocese of Exeter have created a series of REFLECTIONS on video:

Exeter Cathedral

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

We produced a Prayer leaflet for your use during the Coronavirus emergency. This has been combined with the simple form of Worship for use at home that we introduced at the start of lock-down. 

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

Download your PDF copy here

More video material from the Diocese . . .

Resources to use at home

Celebrate Together Team at St Paul’s Honiton

We continue to make videos every week and post them on YouTube  on Fridays.

We are very sad about not being able to meet up like we used to, but want to continue to make a difference for you all with our Celebrate Together Videos.

Click here to go to Rev Ann’s page where you will find links to all the videos.

Lots of love from the Celebrate Together Team.

Take part

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

also there are some craft ideas here

In love for a world undergoing crucifixion and awaiting resurrection

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 a limited number of family and friends will be able to be present. Please check the current restrictions with your Funeral Director.  Preparations for the service will be made by telephone and email contact where possible.   

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 Mission Community 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

[email protected]

Julia Barrett
Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

[email protected]

Mission Community Worship

Mission Community Events

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.

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

Awliscombe

Buckerell

Combe Raleigh

Cotleigh

Gittisham

Honiton

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     [email protected]

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

Download your copy here.

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