Family church expanding due to surge in members

PUBLISHED: 10:05 18 March 2016

Pastor Luke Mansfield. Picture: Terry Ife

Pastor Luke Mansfield. Picture: Terry Ife


Luke Mansfield, minister of the church, said when he joined in 2013, it only had around 20 members. Now, it has around 80.

Honiton Family Church will start holding its Sunday services at the town’s community college due to a resurgence in members.

Luke Mansfield, minister of the church, said when he joined in 2013, it only had around 20 members, the majority all over the age of 70.

Now, the church boasts around 80 members, 30 of those being young people who attend the Sunday sessions at the church, which is located near Lace Walk.

Mr Mansfield said: “It is fantastic to have so many members.

“When I first started, we were hoping to see some growth - what has happened has been above our expectations.”

He said the church’s next step would be focusing on the youth within the church.

The church already has a strong group, which is made up of youngsters from zero to 11-years-old.

Luke says the church will launch some new groups to cater for its younger members.

And he says he is ‘excited’ to build on the church’s success, adding: “Three years ago, there was potential talk of closing because the member numbers were dwindling.

“I think the reason we have grown is probably because we are doing it in a relevant way.”

Luke added that all mid-week activities continue to be held at the family church.

The next service at Honiton Community College will be on Easter Sunday. Open to everyone, it will start from 10.30am.

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