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?
25th January 2021
Due to the pandemic, we have made alterations to our service.
You will be greeted by a steward who will hand you a service sheet. All hymns and bible readings to be used during the service are on the sheet, so there is no need to bring anything with you. You are welcome to bring your own bible.
It is necessary to wear a face mask during the entire service.
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.
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 3 hymns during a service. We do not sing out loud but follow a recorded version played with the words on the service sheet.
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 1 hour at this present time.
At the conclusion of the service, you will be directed when to leave from your seat to ensure the appropriate social distancing and keep everyone safe.
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. 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