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Sheldon Singers singing round the town at Christmas

Like choirs all over the country, the Sheldon Singers have not been able to come together to make music during 2020.

However, taking into account the current restrictions, we would be delighted to offer a small group of singers to sing some of your favourite carols in four-part harmony outside your home. You don’t need to go anywhere – just snuggle up with a glass of your favourite tipple and enjoy twenty minutes of festive cheer from a quartet of singers from this acclaimed choir.

We would just request a donation to the charity Shelter who will be working extra hard this year to help those in need.

We can offer the evenings of 17th, 22nd or 23rd December, so to book contact Julie at

Looking ahead to 2021, we can’t wait to be back rehearsing and performing in East Devon and beyond , so look out for future concerts and events on our website

If you think you might like to join our friendly choir, our contact details are on the website. We normally rehearse in Honiton on Thursday evenings and are particularly looking for a couple of Sopranos and Basses to complete our number.

It’s Advent, that season when all the excitement of getting ready for Christmas takes off in earnest.  Although, I have a feeling it might be just a little bit different this year.  But even with everything that’s going on around us, the message at the heart of Advent and Christmas remains unchanged, and absolutely choc-full of hope.  Have a look at this 2 minute video – I hope it brings some you some cheer!

The NOVEMBER 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. 
If you need the password, please email us.

Buckerell Christmas Appeal 2020
Donations needed please
For full details click here

Combe Raleigh’s Christmas services
click here to find out more

Our normal point of contact is the Parish Office – 01404 44035   
However, the office will NOT be open to visitors during the crisis. Emails and voicemail will be checked as often as we can.

THIS WEEK: Advent Worship

Sunday 29th November 2020

Advent Sunday

This was our very first attempt at recording a service in the church, and there are many things we would do differently – and hopefully better – next time.  The music was the greatest casualty, and although we’re enormously grateful to James for playing, we quite understand that you might want to ‘fast forward’ those moments.  We hope you might enjoy the readings in the spirit in which they were intended -, as a thought provoking approach to Advent in this very different year!’

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, restarting on 6th December:

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.

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

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

If you are need the password, please email us.

Reflection for this week

This week’s Gospel tells The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-end)

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.

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 and this website on Fridays.

Our Celebrate Together Services keep coming via the videos as we consider the prospect of being unable to meet face to face for a little while.  We do pray that the videos are assisting you in feeling connected and helping you to enjoy a meaningful church service in your own home.

This week we continue with our series called ‘Bible Heroes’.  This will take us right up to Christmas!  I wonder which one will be your hero?  Ann will tell you a secret – hers is Daniel because he was amazing at praying and regularly got down on his knees three times a day!   Do let Ann know which is your hero in the Bible.  If you email St Paul’s Church Office –  and mark it for the attention of Rev Ann, they will pass on the message to the team. 

We have put the links to the songs that go with each video, so do have a singalong.

We look forward to seeing you all one day, but in the meantime sit back and enjoy the videos and songs.

God Bless from all the Team and we will be in touch again just before Christmas. 

Video series: "Bible Heroes"

This week’s video: The Wise King
(episode 4 of 7)

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

In love for a world undergoing crucifixion and awaiting resurrection

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

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 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 “” 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{church} (eg.

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, 1 December 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 5 December 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Tue, 8 December 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Sat, 12 December 2020, 10:00 am: Coffee Morning


  • Tue, 15 December 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

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

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

Download your copy here.

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