Times of change for Honiton Family Church
PUBLISHED: 12:23 14 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:23 14 September 2014
Honiton Family Church has seen its congregation double over the last 12 months and there are exciting plans in the pipeline for its future.
Pastor Luke Mansfield has been reflecting on how the church has changed since he started in September, which has included its name change from Honiton Baptist Church.
He said: “The church has changed so much over the last 12 months.
“There were 27 people there and the congregation has doubled in size.
“It was a traditional kind of church when I arrived but now it has got a more modern, contemporary feel.”
More younger families are now getting involved with the church as well as older people in the town.
“It is really exciting to see what is happening,” added Mr Mansfield.
“We had hoped to see the numbers double within two years but to see the growth we have seen over the last year is beyond our expectations,” he said. “People have really embraced the change and got on board.”
It has been a busy year with three baptisms and weddings, including the church’s first double wedding.
In addition to expanding its congregation, the church has launched a toddler group and children’s club for seven to 11-year-olds.
“We want to see the church have a real impact on the community,” said Mr Mansfield. “We would love to see the church double in size again.
“There will be a big push this year on youth work.”
Honiton Family Church is looking at starting a youth group for 11 to 18-year-olds and after school drop-in sessions in the future.
“The long term aim is to see the church have an impact on every generation and background and for it to be an inclusive church in every aspect,” he added.
Honiton Family Church also has plans to extend the front of the church building, which are still in the early stages.
The church’s toddler group runs on Mondays from 1pm to 2.30pm.
The children’s club runs from 6pm to 7.15pm on Fridays.