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In love for a world undergoing crucifixion and awaiting resurrection



St Paul’s APCM
Friday 30 October at 2.00 pm on Zoom.
see details


Visit the Buckerell page to see details of services in November and December.


There’s new information available: 
Visit the Awliscome page to see the details.

The OCTOBER edition is out now!

If you are on our circulation list you will have received a copy by email or in the post.

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

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

Link to the Diocese Facebook page to watch a video of Bishop Jackie talking about the Feast of St Luke this Sunday:

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THIS WEEK: Worship during Trinity

Sunday 18th October 2020

The Feast of St Luke

The Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity

(The Thirtieth Sunday after Lock-Down)

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.

In addition to the ZOOM services on Sundays we are also celebrating
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.

Exeter Cathedral

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

A Reflection

A Reflection for the Feast of St Luke

Whilst I was doing a bit of research online for what I might say in my reflection for this Sunday, the Feast of St Luke, I came across this sermon, and decided that I could do no better, and that as I had enjoyed reading it, it might well strike a chord with you.  It was preached by Simon Oliver in Durham Cathedral on St Luke’s Day in 2015.
Revd Sue

Today we thank God for St. Luke whose gospel has very many unique and beautiful features that teach us about God and Christ. Only Luke has two of our best-known parables – the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. Only Luke records the parable of the rich man and Lazarus and one of my favourite stories as a child, the calling of Zacchaeus. The canticles that are so familiar to us at Matins and Evensong – the Benedictus (the Song of Zechariah), the Nunc Dimittis (the Song of Simeon) and the Magnificat (the Song of Mary) are unique to Luke. These are all songs of deep joy at the loving purposes of God made known in Christ. This is truly the gospel of joy. The very last verse of the gospel is this: ‘And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.’
In Luke, we find a particular emphasis on the prayer of Jesus. We read about Jesus praying before his baptism (3.21), in solitary places (5.16), spending the whole night in prayer before calling his twelve disciples (6.12), at the Transfiguration (9.29) and at his death on the cross (23.46). Three of Jesus’s parables about prayer appear only in Luke: the friend who came at midnight (11.5-13), the Pharisee and the tax collector (18.9-14) and the parable of the widow and the judge (18.1-8).
These are just some of the unique aspects of Luke’s gospel that we celebrate today. We also celebrate and give thanks for the Acts of the Apostles, Luke’s chronicle of the birth of the Church, the account of the earliest Christian practices, the description of the conversion of a murderous tentmaker named Saul of Tarsus who took the name Paul and became the greatest Christian missionary and theologian.
In our second lesson this morning, we learn two important things about St. Luke: he was a companion of Paul and he was a physician. This Luke has long been regarded as the author of the eponymous Gospel and the Acts of Apostles. This morning I’d like to tie together Luke the physician and the practice of healthcare with the Gospel that bears Luke’s name. Does scripture shed any light on how we look after the sick and dying, and indeed how we are looked after, even in a modern NHS? How do Luke the physician and his scriptural writings join together?
Care for the sick has always been part of Christian faith and practice. Jesus’ healing ministry and his concern for the sick are integral to all the gospels, not least Luke’s. In his Rule, St. Benedict writes that ‘The care of the sick is to be given priority over everything else, so that they are indeed served as Christ would be served, since he said of himself, ‘I was sick and you visited me.’ So it’s no surprise that this monastery at Durham had an infirmary where the Education Centre now stands. The role of religious communities in founding and running hospitals around the world is well known.
In more recent times, what is particularly important, I think, is the role of Christian communities in caring for the chronic and long-term sick, and those with life-limiting conditions. In a medical culture so orientated towards cure, those with no hope of cure need a particular kind of care. The modern hospice movement was pioneered by the Anglican nurse Cicely Saunders in the 1950s and the first hospice specifically for the care of children with life-limiting conditions was founded by an Anglican nun, Sister Frances Dominica, in Oxford in 1982.
Patients, healthcare professionals and chaplains often point out that one of the most terrible and challenging aspects of chronic and life-limiting illnesses is loneliness. The experience of such illness is alienating because it delivers a set of experiences, a narrative of life, that is almost impossible to share. Faced with a patient in pain or with little hope of recovery, I cannot experience that person’s pain as mine. That’s why, when faced with a very sick person, even if one’s been very seriously ill oneself, one should never say ‘I know how you feel’. Sickness and pain, whether physical or psychological, can drive us into the darkest labyrinths of isolation and loneliness. The question is, how do we remain present to, and befriend, the seriously ill so that they are not wholly lost in those dark labyrinths? Aside from technical skill and medical knowledge, what kind of physicians and carers do we need who can remain present to the chronically ill? Remaining present with the chronic and long-term ill requires the careful crafting of a character of deep patience and hope.
This is where I think the gospel provides us with insight and hope. Let’s take three parables that are unique to Luke’s gospel: the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son. They appear consecutively in chapter 15 and they’re all about the joy of finding something that is lost. The thrust of Jesus’ teaching is that God seeks us out and finds us, even when we are trapped alone in the darkest labyrinths of sin or pain or loneliness. God does not stand by and wait for us to emerge, but comes looking. It seems to me that what the best physicians and carers try to do, what the hospice movement tries to do, is be a sacrament of God’s search for us so that we know that God is always present and drawing us to new life. Let me tell you a story to illustrate what this means.
A number of years ago I had a friend who had been in a very serious road traffic accident. She’d suffered terrible injuries and it was thought that she would not be able to walk again. Many doctors came to her room to tell her about her condition and describe what her life would be like and the kind of adaptations she would have to make to her home and her work. Despite the skill and knowledge of these doctors, my friend said that none of them really knew her or had a sense of what was going on deep in her soul. Then the hospital Chaplain, who visited regularly, read with her psalm 139.
          O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
          You know when I sit down and when I rise up:
          You discern my thoughts from far away.
          You search out my path and my lying down,
          And are acquainted with all my ways…
The gospel of Luke is the gospel of the lost who are found by God who searches us out and knows us. It’s the gospel of the woman lost in sin who anoints Jesus’ feet at the house of Simon the Pharisee. It’s the gospel of the woman lost in the agony of a crippling spirit for eighteen years. It’s the gospel of the woman lost in the terrible suffering of haemorrhages for twelve years. It’s the gospel of lepers lost in the stigma and isolation of their disease. It’s the gospel of Jairus who is lost in the terror of losing his sick daughter. It’s the gospel of the widow at Nain who had lost her only son and was now lost in the depths of grief. The power of God in Jesus seeks and finds those lost in the black labyrinths of sickness and despair.
That, it seems to me, is what the best medical care can do in the name of Christ: it seeks out those lost in the mire of illness and says ‘this is not the fundamental story of your life, for there is a love that seeks you out and will not let you go.’ That kind of care asks for the very best in us and we can only achieve such care by God’s grace through the gift of hope.
When Cicely Saunders founded the hospice movement sixty years ago, she might have had in mind a model of health care rather like the one that we heard about in Ecclesiasticus this morning [Eccles 38:1-14]. It’s a beautiful passage which says this: ‘My child, when you are ill, do not delay, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you…Then give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; do not let him leave you, for you need him.’ So we have the physician’s craft delicately blended with attentive prayer, all with a single purpose: seeking out and befriending those lost in the dark labyrinths of illness and pain. But if we are going to seek out and befriend the suffering, we need the patient attentiveness of prayer surrounding the skill of our physicians and nurses. The blending of merciful care for those lost in often long term illness and a life utterly rooted in prayer is exactly what we find in St. Luke’s depiction of Jesus Christ.
On the Feast of St. Luke we give thanks for the gift of doctors, nurses and all our medical services; we pray for the sick in body and soul and those who, today, will be without the medical care they need. We also remember that our endeavours to remain present to each other and to care for each other in the midst of the most isolating and desperate pain, those endeavours are blended with the prayer of the Church and the prayer of St. Luke whose gospel teaches us that God in Christ searches out each one of us and bids us welcome into his eternal kingdom of joy.

Resources to use at home

Celebrate Together Team at St Paul’s Honiton
We continue to make videos every week and post them on You Tube on Fridays.

We hope you have enjoyed the ‘In a Foreign Land’ series that we have just completed. Today we start a new series called ‘More About Jesus’. I think the title will explain it all! This seven part series will introduce some new young ‘stars’ in our videos. The youngest, who is 11 years old, even edited some of the videos himself. We all had great fun planning, making, shooting and editing the videos. We hope you will enjoy them and draw closer to Jesus through joining in with the service and listening to the stories. 

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.

God Bless to you all from The Celebrate Together Team.

Video series: "More about Jesus"

This week’s video: The Unforgiving Servant
(episode 5 of 7)

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

Take part

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

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

Download your PDF copy here

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

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.

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


Revd Sue Roberts

Team Rector


Julia Barrett
Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)


Mission Community Worship

Mission Community Events

  • Sat, 24 October 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Tue, 27 October 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 31 October 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Tue, 3 November 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.

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