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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

Sunday 27th September

Our Archdeacon, The Venerable Andrew Bean will be at St Paul’s to celebrate the 11.00 Eucharist with us.

Remember that booking is essential – this will be a hot ticket!


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.


There’s an information update from the churchwardens (published 22nd August).
Download a copy here or visit the Awliscombe page to see the details.

The SEPTEMBER edition is HERE!

A Reflection

Readings Exodus 16.2-15; Matthew 20.1-16

The word ‘grumbling’ features in both the Old Testament and Gospel readings today.

There can be no doubt that the time wandering through the desert was for the Israelites one of testing in the extreme. Anyone who has been travelling through a desert will know it is a place of potential danger and generates fear and anxiety. Wild animals and snakes are an ever-present danger but most of all the lack of food and water will take its toll on the traveller if he or she is unprepared. The people whom Moses led through the wilderness en route for the Promised Land grumbled against Moses and Aaron. They even argued that it would be better to have stayed as slaves in Egypt where they at least had food in plenty rather than having to exist in the perilous desert. Moses reminds them that they are complaining against God not him or Aaron which reveals their lack of faith in God who is leading them to a new life.

As at Meribah, where water flows from the rock and they are refreshed, so God would provide for them in their need for food. The story of the quails and the Manna is an example of that provision; in fact we still use the word ‘provisions’ when preparing for a journey – something we shall need to sustain us in life. The word ‘Manna’ stems from two Hebrew words which mean ‘what is it?’ This strange flaky substance would sustain them for the next stage of their journey. It is, as Moses says to them, ‘the bread that the Lord has given you to eat’. They need to reflect on God’s generosity and see the blessings they have rather than constantly grumbling about the conditions of their journey.

It is generosity which forms the basis for the parable Jesus gives us in the Gospel. There is grumbling from those who bore the burden and heat in the vineyard all day when they realise the ones who came only an hour before sunset get the same pay. To the modern mind I think that is quite understandable. My father, a printer all his working life, was what was called by his print trade union ‘Father of the chapel’ – the one who sort justice and fairness for the other members of the union and stood up for them in negotiations with the employers. He also visited them when they were ill or off work for some reason. I think he found this parable difficult although a very committed Christian and churchman – in the choir, a churchwarden and verger. But the crux of the story is the generosity of the vineyard owner. Everyone gets the same reward. This was something the early Christians had to learn. Those who came from the age-long Jewish tradition resented the gentile newcomers who were to receive the same blessings even though only recent converts. The great Christian Gospel paradox about the last being first and the first last is counter cultural in many ways but that is often what we are challenged to reveal to the world. However tough things might seem we should always count our blessings and give thanks to the God who gives so lavishly and generously.

Have a blessed week, John

Exeter Cathedral

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

THIS WEEK: Worship at Home during Trinity

Sunday 20th September 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity

(The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Lock-Down)

The ZOOM service will not be held on 13th or 20th September.

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:

(It’s the same as for Sunday 6th September)

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!

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
(Tune: Love Divine)

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 Centurion’s Servant
(episode 1 of 7)

. . .  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.

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

  • Tue, 22 September 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 26 September 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Tue, 29 September 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 3 October 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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