What to expect

It can sometimes be daunting to walk into an unfamiliar building for the first time. What can you expect if you come to Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church?

1st October 2021

We are relaxing some of the restrictions that were in place for COVID. 

Our services are at 10.30am and 6pm on Sundays.

You will be greeted by a steward who will hand you a hymn book and a bible, should you require one. You are welcome to bring your own bible.

We would prefer you to wear a face mask during the entire service, but at this time we are content for people to make their own choice about this.

For track and trace, you will be asked to leave contact details, or use the QR code on the poster.

Please use hand sanitiser in the entrance. You will be directed to a seat to enable appropriate social distancing. We have a balcony for those who are able to manage the stairs. We have made a greater number of pews available.

The service will begin with short notices about the events of the church and then our pastor, Mike Plant will lead the service. He will announce when to stand or sit, we stand for hymns and when to join in with either saying the Lord's Prayer together or reading a portion of God's word together. There is no obligation to join in with these, you are welcome to just listen.

We, typically, have 4 hymns during a service. We are very grateful that we can now join and praise God together in song.

The service also includes prayers and bible readings before our pastor (or a visiting speaker) will preach. Sermons tend to last about half an hour and we aim to ensure our services take approximately 1 hour.

Following the service in the morning, we frequently serve tea and coffee in the back room, this will be announced in the notices.

 

Under normal circumstances, we meet at 10.30am on Sunday mornings and then again at 6pm in the evening.

You will be greeted warmly at the door by the steward, given a hymn book and a bible (if you require one). You do not need to bring anything.

You can sit anywhere you feel comfortable. We have pew seating in the building and the largest of these can accommodate four to five people.  There are cushions on every pew and some extra cushions to make you more comfortable, should you require this. Alternatively, for those with particular needs in this regard, there are other types of seating available, please ask. If you are not sure where to go the steward will help you.

The person leading the service will:

 -Announce all the hymns which the congregation stand to sing.

 -Pray aloud, while the congregation remain seated and follow the prayer in their thoughts

 -Read a passage from the Bible - we use the English Standard Version

 -Sometimes there is a short talk for the children

 -Preach a sermon for about 30 minutes. (In all the service lasts about 60-70 minutes)

 -Children are welcome to stay for the whole service, there is also a Sunday school during the sermon

No collection is taken during the service. Should you wish to give towards the work of the church, boxes for donations are available at the rear of the chapel.

The service is led from the front so it will be made clear when to sit and to stand and what to do when. You will be part of a congregation so you can just follow everyone else.

Following the main service on the first Sunday of the month and the evening service on the third Sunday of the month a short service of communion is held. Here Christians share bread and wine as symbols of Jesus dying for their sins. If you are not a believer, it would be inappropriate to take the bread and wine - just let them pass by without embarrassment. You are very welcome to remain present to watch and learn. The bread and wine are distributed while the congregation remain seated.

When you leave Honiton Evangelical Church we hope you will have been helped by the service, especially by the Bible’s changeless message of salvation through Jesus Christ