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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?

January 2023

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 or questions for the children. Children may also be offered sheets and pens to complete during the service.

 -Preach a sermon for about 30 minutes. (In all the service lasts about 70-80 minutes)

 -Children are welcome to stay for the whole service, there is also the opportunity to take children out and into a back room where the audio of the service is relayed. We have a small selection of toys that can be used. Please ask, we are very happy to help.

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.

During the morning service on the first Sunday of the month and the evening service on the third Sunday of the month a time of communion is held. Here Christians share bread and wine as symbols of Jesus dying for their sins and also as an expression of our togetherness in faith and dependence on Jesus. 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. The person leading the communion will explain when to eat the bread (usually as we receive it) and drink the wine (usually we wait and all drink together at the same time).

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

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