Christmas Festival Williton Pavilion
Saturday 11th December 2021

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                              

Safeguarding  -  IMPORTANT MESSAGE ESPECIALLY FOR PCC MEMBERS

Can I take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of Safeguarding both yourself and members of the community/congregation. 

To this end the Diocese of Bath and Wells have provided online safeguarding training courses for anyone to complete.  The CO and C1 courses can be found on the diocese website under Safeguarding.  The CO course is a general course for anyone.  If your role in the church requires you to have a DBS check then you should also do the C1 course.  Once completed please can you let me know and, if possible, let me have a copy of the completion certificate. 

The course expires after three years so please check when you last did either of the courses to see if you need to update yours. 

Can I also take this opportunity to remind anyone requiring a DBS check for their position within the Benefice or are on the PCC that these courses are a requirement from the Diocese for your role. In January 2022 the new Diocese Learning & Development Practice Guidance comes into force. 


Anyone on the PCC who has not got a current safeguarding course certificate by this date will be expected to stand down. 

Sara Hempshall



BENEFICE TEAM INFORMATION


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:
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email: georgefenech44@gmail.com
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email: withysue10@gmail.com
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email: sclarkelander@gmail.com
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email: janetbremner31@btinternet.com
Bev Machin                             Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-568201                        email: beverleymchn1@gmail.com   
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email:donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                       email: julie@nickandju.plus.com

Benefice Website                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

Facebook Pages                    www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton   
                                                   www.facebook.com/St-Decumans-120766092644415

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers:

We take Safeguarding very seriously in our Benefice and our Safeguarding Officers are

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith  - who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & email: safeguardingstdecsstpeters@gmail.com

Next Sunday 21th November

 9.15am      Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am    Parish Communion at St Decuman’s


12.00pm    Baptism of Sophie Rose Knowles at St Peter's

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CAMEO   (Come and Meet Each Other)
CAMEO is on Thursdays, in St Peter’s Church 10am – 12pm.  Everyone in the benefice is welcome to drop in for coffee and chat.


Please speak to George or Sue if you have any questions.

Christmas Tree Festival

Preparations for St Decuman’s Christmas Tree Festival are going well, with a team of happy helpers already working hard.

More volunteers are needed to help, especially with stalls on Saturday 4th December, and would be most welcomed.


Please contact Tony Knight at  tonywatchetblues@hotmail.co.uk


We still need donations of bottles for the bottle stall.    Please could donations be taken either to the church or given to Caroline Beaney or Ros Chidgey.   Caroline is happy to collect if you give her a ring 07979 244485.

Thank you


ADVENT COURSE

Campfire Church

A good time was had by parents and children – more than 70 were there! Watch this space for news of the next one.  Thanks to Julie, Donna, Glenys, Sam and Susan who organised this and run the Little Saints groups.

Beautiful rainbow over Caen

Light up a Life Service

Saturday 20th November at 4pm
Watchet Methodist Church


A service to remember those who have died.

A special time of remembrance and celebration.

Housegroup & Bible Study
House group meetings have moved to the Meeting Room at 7.30 - 9pm on Tuesdays and are weekly until Christmas.
If you are interested in coming along, or would like more information, please speak to Lindsay Benham or Sue Withycombe.  

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’.

Today’s Worship and Readings
9.15am                 Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Isaiah 2.2-4        John 15.9-17
 
Both churches will usually be open every day between 9.00am and 3.30/4.00pm (approximately).   All are welcome to spend some quiet time in the peace of our beautiful buildings.

Dates for the week ahead:

Monday 15th November                9.45am                  Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                                                            7.00pm                  Pantomime rehearsal at St Peter’s

Tuesday 16th November                10.00am                Morning Prayer at St Peter’s

                                                            10.00am                Watchet Museum Committee meeting at Holy Cross

                                                            12.30pm                Funeral of Irene Lees at St Decuman's

                                                              5.30pm                St Dec's & MHS Trustees meeting at St Decuman's
                                                              7.30pm                House Group at The Meeting Room

Thursday 18th November              10am-12pm          CAMEO at St Peter’s

Saturday 20th November              10.00-11.30am      Flute Group rehearsal at St Decuman’s.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 14th November 2021


THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT
 
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Prayers We are holding in our thoughts and prayers:  Jane Don.  If you would like to be included on the prayer list, please let Sarah or Sue (or another member of the Benefice  team) know.

COP26

We continue to pray for the success of this conference, for the leaders of all nations and for all with the power to make the important decisions necessary for the future of our planet.


Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we will be joining our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street.  This week it is Churchill Way in Watchet and Five Bells in Williton.  Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.



We will be running an Advent Course this year on Mondays at 2pm at Holy Cross starting on Monday 29th November.  The course is called ‘Journeying with the Magi’ - an Advent course in the Celtic Tradition.  An opportunity to stop at this busy time of year and think and reflect on our own journey towards Christmas.


The course will run for 4 weeks: 29th November, 6th December, 13th December & 20th December.  We do hope you will be able to come and join us. For more information please talk to Julie or Donna.

News from Eliza in France

Hi everyone, as the winter is approaching, we're in the process of collecting clothes and other things for the refugees. If you would like to help with this, we are looking for primarily warm clothes, such as jumpers, coats, fleeces, hats, gloves, winter shoes from any size between 6 and 9. This will all be men's clothing, and either small or medium sizes. We are also always in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, and t-shirts. Bear in mind that most of the guys we work with are fairly young, so think about the kinds of things you might see teenage guys wearing. Thank you so much for any stuff you can provide. If you can give anything you've gathered to my mum before the 24th November, that would be amazing, as she can then bring it all over with her when she comes to get me.  Thank you!   Eliza

Croft House

A few weeks ago I was asked to go into Croft House and catch up with a "couple" of the residents who wanted to take communion.  Due to the Covid restrictions, we have not had the opportunity for a very long time.  All was prepared, consecrated elements were collected from Andrew after the mid-week communion at the Sanctuary, and off I went.

Clear results from a lateral flow test allowed my visit to go ahead and I was welcomed and taken to the upstairs main lounge where a dining table had been set up with a vase of fresh flowers and seats were being put into position.  Thinking it was a little strange with only two residents expected, I just went with the flow.  I managed to have a lovely chat with our dear friend Hilda and got ready to start.  Imagine my surprise then, when what I thought was only going to be two, ended up being fourteen!

It wasn't what I expected, and yes wafers had to be snapped into halves but what a joy it was to see so many welcoming faces.  We talked about the recent Harvest Festival at St. Peters with its "harvest samba" and dancing congregation and about the harvests of old.

Harvests of old, when farmers would be reliant on the horse and plough.  Where the nation lamented when tractors replaced the heavy hoofed beauties and how the industrial styled equipment of modern farming wields its mighty arm upon the landscape.  Through all these changes though, year on year the harvest still comes, and so as the church embraces change, the way we encourage individuals to know Christ will also change.  There will be lamenting of course but no matter what, the Holy Spirit will harvest all the same.   Amen.       Donna Marsden

Need a reusable bag?

Geraldine has been busy printing cloth bags to sell in aid of St Peter’s.  At the moment they are available in black, blue, green, pink or gold and cost £3.


Please speak to Liz Payne if you would like one.

Telephone  01984-633084  or  07970-773210






St Peter’s Church has been asked by the Village Events Committee if it would do the refreshments for this event. This should be straightforward: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Squash and Diet Coke with Mince Pies.

This is another fundraising exercise to help the church, it just needs some volunteers to help on the evening.  We need to cover the whole period between 5pm to 8pm. If we divide the slots into half an hour sessions then this is not too onerous time-wise for anyone.

There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of St Peter’s during November.

Please, if you can, add your name to help make this a success.

Thank you,      Derek