Welcome To Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church

Dear Friends,

THE CHURCH REOPENS – SUNDAY 12TH JULY 2020 AT 10.30AM

God willing, we will be restarting our church services as above.

 

We begin by having one service on a Sunday and will keep the reopening of other meetings under review. We anticipate a substantial proportion of the congregation will not feel able to return to meeting with us at this point and so will continue to send out a weekly letter to keep you informed. We aim to have a recording of the service available the same day as the service takes place. We are also looking into whether videoing of the service is possible.


If you are able to attend the service please email to tell us. We need the names and telephone numbers of all who attend. This is to enable the Government’s track and trace policy. The records will be destroyed after three weeks and will not be used for any other purpose without your permission.


Please read carefully the information below and be prayerful and seek God’s wisdom as you consider returning to the church services:


1. The advice of the government has been for those over the age of 70 not to attend the services. It is advice not law but we would want everyone to think seriously about this and not to feel that they are under any pressure because others expect them to attend. We want everyone to make wise and prayerful decisions.
2. The car park will be open and appropriate SOCIAL DISTANCING (2 metres) is expected in the car park and on the paths around the church as well as in the chapel. The paths and the chapel have been marked out to assist social distancing. We are using 2 metres rather than 1 meter plus as being a wise safeguard.
3. TO ENTER THE CHAPEL Go to the front entrance and enter through the main doors. You will be greeted and directed to take a service sheet which you should take home with you (church bibles and hymn-books will not be available). If you are new to the church please sign in (see paragraph 2 above). You are encouraged to bring your own Bible but if we are to read together the appropriate scriptures will be on the service sheet. The church Bible is the English Standard Version.
4. HAND SANITIZERS will be provided for use entering and leaving the chapel and will be in the foyer as you enter the chapel and on the offertory boxes at the beginning of the aisle as you enter the worship area. Please use these.
5. We would expect those attending to bring their own FACE COVERINGS (non-surgical masks) if they wish/need to wear one but we have a small supply that can be made available in case of need of need.

6. NOT EVERYONE IS PHYSICALLY ABLE TO ENTER THE CHAPEL USING THE CHAPEL STEPS. If you cannot, please enter through the prayer-room door – round to the right of the main doors. Again please use the HAND SANITIZER provided as you enter and as you leave. We will ensure you are given a service sheet when you are seated.
7. The offertory boxes will be available for use but we have to take precautions with handling money so IF YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE GIVE YOUR OFFERING BY A STANDING ORDER OR A BANK TRANSFER THAT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL.
8. ON ENTERING THE CHAPEL THERE WILL BE SOMEONE TO DIRECT YOU TO A SEAT – not
all the seats in the chapel can be used so some of the pews are taped off. Once you have entered your pew please note that these are again taped to show where to sit to enable appropriate social distancing.
9. THE BALCONY WILL BE OPEN FOR USE We are not expecting numbers which necessitate that we use the balcony. However, if you wish to do so there are two pews with cushions available which again have been marked off for social distancing. We will enable further use of the balcony if it is needed in the coming weeks.
10. During the service WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE SINGING so we may
have some hymns/songs played through the speaker system and may have shared or responsive readings. The words will be on the service sheet.
11. AT THE END OF THE SERVICE YOU WILL BE INSTRUCTED AS TO HOW TO LEAVE THE
BUILDING and different sections of the church will leave in sequence as they are directed to do so. This is to achieve appropriate social distancing.
12. USE OF TOILETS If you wish to use the downstairs toilet before, during or after the service, please exit the building through the main doors – taking care to continue to observe social distancing - and enter again through the door of the prayer-room. There will be HAND SANITIZER provided in the toilets. The downstairs toilet will be open for those sitting downstairs and the upstairs one for those sitting upstairs and is accessed from the balcony. Please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT TOILET USE and on no account flush the toilets without the seat being down. On leaving the downstairs toilet, exit the building through the prayer-room door and if returning to the service enter the church again through the main doors.
13. We aim to keep the chapel as well-ventilated as we are able – so the door to the vestry and the door through to the prayer-room will be left open during the services.
14. WE WILL NOT BE HAVING REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE SERVICE We will keep this
under review. Government advice is that the premises should be vacated without undue delay. Do note that you are now able to arrange to visit friends and socialise with them either in your garden or house if you choose to do so.
15. While we cannot shorten the service too much without changing it beyond recognition. We plan that THE SERVICE WILL BE ABOUT AN HOUR IN DURATION.

 

I appreciate that you may still have queries about returning to church and this letter may not
answer all of them. Do contact me if you need further information.

Yours in the Lord,
Mike Plant 6th July 2020

About Us

Our church is not a building, but a collection of people who are very different from each other, but have a lot in common. We are of differing ages, and diverse backgrounds, many of us coming from other parts of the country, but we all have something special that we share. We are all Christians, born into the family of God by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is not to say that we think of ourselves in any way superior or better than anyone else in Honiton. In fact we all acknowledge that we are imperfect and sinners as all are. It's just that we have recognised that we have wronged God, our Creator, and robbed Him of what is due to Him. Yet in His mercy He has forgiven us and brought us back into a relationship with Himself that has given each of our lives a satisfaction and purpose now, and an assurance for the future, which nothing else in this world can supply.

The large trees in our grounds make us easy to find.

If you are travelling to us by car, there is on-street parking available on the High Street with no restrictions on Sunday, during the week this is limited to an hour. We have a small car park at the rear of the church building, please note this is not directly accessible from the High Street.

The address of the church is:

High Street, Honiton, EX14 1PJ

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