We worship one God in Trinity

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SERVICES in all the Churches within our Mission Community are CANCELLED and the Churches are CLOSED until further notice

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 Message from the Bishop of Crediton

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In love for a world undergoing crucifixion and awaiting resurrection

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

A Reflection for Trinity

Last week saw the end of the Easter season.  A strange season for us in 2020, as we were unable to meet together to celebrate the most wonderful gift the world has ever received.  After Easter comes Trinity – the only Sunday in the Christian year devoted to a doctrine rather than the Bible.

We speak of the one God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is one and indivisible. Yet we believe in God the Father, who made the world; in God the Son, who redeemed us on the Cross; in God the Holy Spirit who lives within us and sanctifies us. They are not three gods but one God. Very confusing!

One of my favourite creeds is rather an old one, rarely used today – the Athanasian Creed.  It really explains the doctrine of the Trinity in uncompromising terms!

“We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity; Neither confounding the Persons;
nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son;
and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.”

Clear?  Just in case we haven’t quite grasped the doctrine, we later read:

“The Father is incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible;
and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
And yet there are not three incomprehensibles, but one incomprehensible…”

The Athanasian Creed attempts to say something about the extraordinary mystery of God. The creator of the world, the redeemer of the world, and the sustainer of the world are not separate but one. Each is truly God, completely and fully God. There is nothing lacking. And yet somehow that’s not the whole story.  How can we fully understand this concept of God as Trinity? We may not be able to fully understand but like so many things of God, we simply trust and accept.  In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells us “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  One day the Trinity will no longer be incomprehensible but we will understand!

God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit are inseparable, they are one.  Christians have always believed that. Christian meetings all over the world are frequently brought to a conclusion by the saying of the Grace; words which come straight from St Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians; “the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.”

Revd Christine

THIS WEEK: Worship at Home for Pentecost

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)

Alternatively,
here’s an order of service for you to use:

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To hear the tunes for this worship see below.
Now there’s no excuse for not joining in!

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Bright the Vision that Delighted

Affirm Anew the Threefold Name

Exeter Cathedral

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

Resources to use at home

Craft Ideas!

Are you looking for crafty ideas to inspire youngsters?  Are you wondering how to help them develop their faith and understanding of God at a time when they are not in school or in church?  Have a look at the video from the Diocese of Exeter for some great ideas for 1-11 year olds!

Celebrate Together Team at St Paul’s Honiton Update

As you know we are not able to meet together at the moment so we cannot have our usual Celebrate Together meetings.  We are really missing you all, but you are all very much in our prayers.

Following on from Ascension and Pentecost, here is a special video called the Fruit of the Spirit.

We will link to all the videos in the series from this page to keep you in touch with Celebrate Together.  We will continue to make videos each Friday during the lockdown.

Hope to see you all soon and in the meantime enjoy our Open the Book Videos. 

Love from all the Team at St Paul’s Celebrate Together

Ascension Day

Let us Celebrate the Fruit of the Spirit

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

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

Resources on Video

Collective Worship: Noah in Lockdown

Collective Worship: For VE Day

Collective Worship:
Through the Roof

Collective Worship:
Storm on the Lake

Collective Worship:
The Marvellous Picnic

Collective Worship:
The man who went back

Collective Worship:
Blind Bartimaeus

After Christian Aid Week

A message from John Harrisson

Just a few days after the end of Christian Aid Week, I am delighted to report that David Rosenthall our Treasurer has received £570 in local donations from people on our list of regular volunteers and supporters. We are also aware that other donations have gone direct to Christian Aid in online payments, and that some donations from members at the Methodist Church have been sent via a Methodist treasurer in Exeter. By 31st May, when David will forward the money in our local bank account to Christian Aid, the total may have grown some more.

Back in April, when Christian Aid confirmed that there was no question of our usual all-out collecting in envelopes, in buckets, or in churches, the committee could only think that Christian Aid Week in this eerie year would be a “day of small things”. I should have remembered that lovely nun I used to know who taught me this: “When it’s the day of small things, learn to love small things” …just like a locked-down person sending out a photo of the first rosebud in her back garden. In our own wacky way, we have been able to reach nearly fifty households, and the amazing response from people has been beyond our wildest dreams! We thank all who have donated so generously, with such commitment to the mission of Christian Aid.

In a typical year, we follow Christian Aid Week with a long session in the crypt at St Paul’s, known as The Big Count. This year that was just another date crossed out in the diary, and it was clear that our usual large total would be out of the question. But, such is the way that so many people have rallied round, that we have happily burdened David our Treasurer with a Not-So-Small-Count of all the cheques, and provided our local boost to the national total for Christian Aid Week. Many thanks from the committee.

John Harrisson, 01404 – 47905

PS: As of 19th May, Christian Aid nationally have received “£1.4 million and rising”, despite the loss of usual ways to collect.

“God loves a cheerful giver.”   (2 Corinthians, Chapter 9, verse 7)

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:
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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, 28 June 2020, 11:00 am: Mission Community Eucharist at St Paul’s

    CANCELLED

Mission Community Events

  • Sat, 6 June 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

  • Tue, 9 June 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

  • Sat, 13 June 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

  • Tue, 16 June 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning

    CANCELLED

  • Sat, 20 June 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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