St Decuman’s Christmas Tree Festival

Tony says:
You will all be aware that this year's event is being staged from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th December. A record number of trees have been 'booked in' - a total of 48. Local churches, youth organisations, schools and literally all the social groups within Watchet. From Williton: the Cubs & Beavers, Croft House, Danesfield School (3 trees), Stand against speed 4 Bethany, Williton Hospital, St Peter’s PCC and Williton Little Saints will all be taking part. We see the return of The Watchet Bowling Club and Knights Templar School and new support from the RBL Club and Positive Aims.

On Friday & Saturday the church will be open from 10am-5pm, with teas, coffees etc on the Friday plus most of the stalls, whilst on Saturday all the stalls will be in action, with bacon rolls/hot dogs from 10am-3pm and from 12 noon homemade soups (with extra cakes for sure).

John Whellams on the organ and Watchet Flutes will entertain for some of the time on Saturday.

On Sunday, after the 10.45am Communion service, folk will be able to view the trees until the 4pm Christingle Service to which everyone is invited.

Items for the stalls - bottles (from vinegar, pops etc to Champagne), gifts, books, toys, white elephant items and Christmas decorations can be brought to church on Sunday or handed to any of the stall holders: Karen Keep, Julie Sully, Linda Bulpin, Ros Chidgey, Caroline Beaney, Sarah Lander.  Ros Whellams & Tracey Gullis would like cakes on the days or you can always contact either Tony (634098) or Glenys (631787).

If you are able, please do come along to see what promises to be a wonderful display.  The theme ....'The Tastes of Christmas'   Yummy !!!!       Reminder to those decorating the trees – no edible decorations or real food items pleas

It is helpful to retain a basic structure for the intercessions, since familiarity will help people to join in, and will help the intercessor plan what is to be said. The typical pattern for intercessions in Common Worship services is this:

1.  The Church of Christ;
2.  Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority;
3.  The local community;
4.  Those who suffer;
5.  The communion of saints.

It is sometimes appropriate to deviate from the pattern, especially on a significant occasion or in time of catastrophe. You do not always have to pray for all the categories under number 2.

Some intercessions include a response from the congregation, thus: You could use the pattern above, or the equivalent in your church, in several different ways – here are some examples:

1.       Using an invitation to prayer, sometimes called a ‘bidding’:

‘Let us pray for the sick and for those who suffer, for all in the nursing homes and hospices of our parish, and for those who are housebound. We remember all who are sick, among them … (a list of names follows)

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy,
'hear our prayer.’

2.       Integrating the ‘bidding’ into the prayer:

‘Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially … (a list of names follows) … and all those being cared for in this parish. Give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy,
'hear our prayer.’

3.       Praying more freely, using different words.

Again, it is useful to follow the typical pattern of five areas above, it is certainly not compulsory, but do ensure that you have prepared beforehand.

 It is so important that as the Body of Christ we all have the opportunity to participate in our worship and it is so good to hear different voices in our churches.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who do take part as intercessors, it really is most appreciated by us all.  I also encourage all those who feel able to come forward, and hope that these guidelines will provide reassurance and help for those of you who may be considering helping with our prayers.  


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Graham, Shirley, Jane, Janet, Sara, Peter, Fay, Alice and Christopher

If you would like to be included on the Prayer List, please let Mark, Sarah or Sue know..

Dates for your diaries:
Monday 21st November          7.30pm                    St Decuman’s PCC at Holy Cross
Sunday 27th November           4.00pm                    Christingle at St Peter’s
Tuesday 29th November         7.00pm                    St Peter’s PCC at the Meeting Room
Wednesday 30th November   7.00pm                    Taizé-style candle-lit reflective service for Advent at Holy Cross
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December                        Christmas Tree Festival at St Decuman’s **See details below**
Sunday 4th December              4.00pm                   Christingle at St Decuman’s

Julie and Donna went to the ‘Growing faith’ day at Taunton Minster, which had an emphasis on ‘putting children and young people at the heart of all we do’.

Following on from this, Julie thought it would be a good idea to have some ‘Story bags’ to be available for any children who come to our services. This would be a fabric bag (like a draw-string PE type bag) which Julie and Donna will fill with different Bible stories and activities. It would be nice to have a set of these at each church.

Would anyone like to sponsor a bag at a cost of £5? And are there any talented people out there who could made/sew some bags?  Contact Julie (07973 961083 or Donna (633707 or your churchwardens if you would like to help.

As we draw near to the end of the Church Year, and look forward to Advent and the start of a new one, we are reminded in today’s Collect of the ultimate purpose of our lives: to become ‘like Jesus Christ – in his glorious Kingdom’. This is only possible because Christ has ‘destroyed the works of the devil and made us the children of God and heirs of eternal life’.

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery

Quantock Towers Benefice
13th       Bridget Capewell, John Crothers, David Gover, Gill Southwood (Readers)
14th       Stephen Morley, +Nigel Stock (Retired clergy)
15th       The staff and students of Crowcombe C of E Primary School, Stogumber C of E Primary School

Quantock Villages Benefice
16th     The people and parishes of Aisholt, Enmore, Goathurst, Nether Stowey, Over Stowey, Spaxton with Charlynch; New Toddler Groups
17th       Eleanor King (Rector), Kate Sax (Associate Priest), Nicki Bradford (Curate)
18th       Jeanette Bole, Viv Chesterton, Maggie Harrison, Alison Hoare, Sarah Upfield (Readers)
19th       Malcolm Bole, Peter Williams (Retired clergy)


The Collect
Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious Kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen                               

Warm spaces
Holy Cross will be open on Mondays 10.30am-12.00 noon, as a warm space for anyone to come and spend some time. There will be hot soup, hot drinks and biscuits. 

We need volunteers to be there to welcome people and help serve drinks, so please speak to Mark or one of the churchwardens if you can offer some time.

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

Mark says…

"A couple of weeks ago at St Peters after the service a little girl asked me what is prayer?  It reminded me that I had not yet produced a guide for leading intercessions in church which people had asked for.  So please see below some brief notes on intercessions in Church.  There will also be a more in-depth morning training/refresher session about leading intercessions, to which all are invited. "


2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

Real Advent Calendars have been bought for the Little Saints families by the Salvation Army. Donna has suggested that we give a Christmas gift, such as a drum of sweets, to each family ‘from your friends at St Peter’s/St Decuman’s’.  A way of making the connections stronger between the Little Saints families and our Sunday congregations - 8 families at St Peter’s and about 15 families at St Decuman’s.

Next Sunday (20th) there will be a retiring collection if you would like to contribute towards this.

Leading prayer through intercessions In the Church of England

In the Church of England, we often pray with language which comes from the Bible and from the texts of our liturgy. But we knit together these words and images with ideas which come from our own hearts and from the communities in which we pray. It is important to prepare for the task of leading the intercessions with care because in every case the intercessor is not just offering prayers independently, but also helping to encourage others in their own prayer.

Like other forms of ministry, leading the intercessions in a service is both a privilege and a responsibility.

·         Remember that you are helping to lead others in prayer, not simply praying in public;

·         The language of your intercessions should broadly match the style and vocabulary normally used in your church’s

          worship.   It is important to create prayers sensitively.

·         The intercessions are not a ‘shopping list’ of concerns, nor are they a news report or an opportunity to express a personal

           opinion which might not be shared by others; they are appeals to God who already knows the prayers on our hearts.

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street. This week it is

The Esplanade in Watchet

Bank Street in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 13th November 2022





Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:

Revd Mark Phillips                 Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                         email:
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email:
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email:
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email:
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email:
Julie Pelling                             Ordinand                                                         Tel: 07973-961083                        email:
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email:   

Benefice Website:       

Facebook Pages:            

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & by email:

 Today’s Worship and Readings for Remembrance Sunday 
10.00am     Parish Communion at St Peter’s (Note change of time)
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Next Sunday 20th November

9.15am       Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s 

Both churches will usually be open every day during daylight hours.

All are welcome to spend some quiet time in the peace of our beautiful buildings.

​​Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 14th November         9.45am                                Benefice Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                                              10.30am – 12.00noon             WARM SPACE at Holy Cross – tea, coffee, biscuits, hot soup
                                                                                                   *Volunteers needed to help* see below

Tuesday 15th November         9.30am                                Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton
                                                     7.30pm                                Deanery Synod, Cannington Village Hall                                                             
Wednesday 16th November   10.00am                              Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                      7.00pm                               Watchet Consort rehearse at Holy Cross
                                                      7.30pm                               Curry Night at Bengal Spice (contact Sara Hempshall 07427 969892 for tickets)
Thursday 17th November       10.00am                              CAMEO at St Peter’s
Saturday 19th November        10.00am                              Flutes rehearse at Holy Cross