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4th December



11.00 am Eucharist at St Paul’s, Honiton

and in the villages on the first Sunday of the month:

9.30 Eucharist at Awliscombe

9.30 Eucharist at Cotleigh 

10.00 Village Service (lay led) at Buckerell

and in the villages on the second Sunday of the month:

11.00 Eucharist at Gittisham

11.15 Eucharist at Combe Raleigh 

there are no celebrations of the Eucharist in the villages on the third Sunday of the month:

9.30 Morning Service (lay led) at Awliscombe

and in the villages on the fourth Sunday of the month:

11.00 Morning Service (lay led) at Gittisham

11.15 Eucharist at Buckerell 

11.15 Morning Service (lay led) at Combe Raleigh

Ready for Christmas?

You’re joking!
With all I’ve got to do,
I’ll be lucky if I’m ready by
this time next year.

The cards –  
I was going to write more than
‘Hope all is well’ this year
but I haven’t…..

Shopping’s a nightmare
with all those people
intent on spending

I’ll never be ready.

December marks the beginning of the season of Advent.  For many of us this means it’s time to increase our frantic preparations for Christmas.  Shops are full of party frocks, decorations, chocolate, cards, wrapping, food…  Of course this year will be different, harder for many in the light of our current financial situation.  But we still spend. When you look at the shopping trolleys in the days leading up to Christmas, you wonder just how much food actually goes to waste. 

Delia Smith, in her Advent preparation book, writes of working so hard getting ready for Christmas that when the time came to go to Midnight Eucharist, she was far too exhausted to really take part in the service.  Like her, we get so tied up in preparations, that we are in danger of forgetting what it’s all about.  Christmas is about love. God loved his creation, his people, so much that when he saw the mess they were making of the world, he sent his only son Jesus Christ into the world to rescue them from the mess they were in.   Did I say ‘loved? saw? they?’  Nothing changes!  We are still God’s creation; we are still making a mess of the world;  God still loves us and through the power of the Holy Spirit, is still with us today, helping us to sort out the mess.  It’s right that at Christmas we celebrate by showing our love for family and friends, for those less well off than ourselves, but above all by celebrating God’s love for us.

Surprising as it may seem, Christmas does not start till 25th December, or at least until Christmas Eve.  The earlier days of December belong to the season of Advent, a time of waiting.  Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting, and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope, and joy. 

The advent ring, with its four candles round the ring and one in the centre, should help us focus on this time of waiting, this time of preparation.

The first candle, the candle of hope, reminds us of the early history of the Jews, their understanding of their relationship with God, of the patriarchs (Noah, Abraham, Moses…) and how they point to the promise of the future. 

The second candle, the candle of peace reminds us of the prophets, the message they gave from God, their belief that one day the Messiah would come. 

Moving on through time we learn of John the Baptist, the candle of love and John’s message of repentance; time is getting short, the waiting is nearly over. He quotes from the Book of Isaiah; 
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.”
The quotation is used to imply that John was preparing the way for Jesus, as foretold by the prophecy of Isaiah.

And then in the fourth week, we look to Mary, to the joy and promise of the imminent birth of the Messiah. 

Then at last, the waiting is over, we light the centre candle and celebrate the joy of Christmas Day. 

Do you remember the cry of children as they wake on Christmas morning ?  ‘He’s been!’

We too must wake on Christmas morning and call with joy – ‘He’s here!’

But I’m certainly ready for Christmas –
that moment when the world seems hushed
in silent expectation,
the light in the stable draws us from chaos
to the stillness of God at the centre,
and love is born.

I wish you all a thoughtful Advent and a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Revd Christine

A prayer for Advent

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

there are no celebrations of the Eucharist in the villages on the fifth Sunday of the month:

from The Rector:

ZOOM:  Worship may be available on the internet using ‘Zoom’, and on the telephone, using a conferencing facility. 
If you would like to know more about what’s on offer, please email the Parish Office

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.

“Around the Parishes”

The November edition is here!

Click the image above to read online or

Download the PDF by clicking here

Future events:

This Saturday

Click to see Honiton the page

Video material from the Diocese . . .

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, some of our downloadable documents may need to be password-protected to be opened only by our congregations. 

If you are need the password, please email us.

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

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

Lots of love from the Celebrate Together Team.

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

Baptisms & Weddings

Weddings and Baptisms are now permitted with no specific number restrictions, and people should contact the Parish Office in the first instance to get the appropriate application form.   Once completed the form should be returned to the office when a date will be offered for baptisms, and hopefully agreed for weddings.

As with Funerals,  we are still asking that hands are sanitised on entry and that where possible attendees wear masks and use the QR code to register attendance. 

With Baptisms, because of the back-log from the last 18 months or so, the next available dates will be in February/March 2022.


Funerals are now unrestricted in numbers attending, but we are still asking that hands are sanitised on entry and that where possible attendees wear masks and use the QR code to register attendance.  Some funeral directors are taking a list of who attends as a form of track and trace and/or for information for the family.

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


Revd Sue Roberts

Team Rector

[email protected]

Julia Barrett
Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

[email protected]

Mission Community Worship

Mission Community Events


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 below) for more detail:

AwliscombeBuckerellCombe RaleighCotleighGittishamHoniton

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     [email protected]

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Honiton Mission Community.

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