Christmas Festival Williton Pavilion
Saturday 11th December 2021
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.
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.
George Fenech Churchwarden St Peter’s Tel: 01984-633577 email: email@example.com
Sue Withycombe Churchwarden St Peter’s Tel: 01984-632596 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Lander Churchwarden St Decuman’s Tel: 07765-881229 email: email@example.com
Janet Bremner Churchwarden St Decuman’s Tel: 01984-632118 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bev Machin Reader Tel: 01984-568201 email: email@example.com
Donna Marsden Reader Tel: 01984-633707 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Pelling Reader Tel: 07973-961083 email: email@example.com
Benefice Website www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com
Facebook Pages www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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
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