Today’s Worship and Readings 
9.15am       Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s​​


Next Sunday - 22 January - Epiphany 3

8:30am        Communion for the Benefice at St Decuman's
                      ** No Service at St Peter's today​ **

​11.00am      CTiWW Service at The Pavilion, Williton

                             followed by a Bring & Share lunch


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


​​Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 16th January              9.45am                    Benefice Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                               10.30am – 12.00 Midday            WARM SPACE at Holy Cross – tea, coffee, biscuits, hot soup                      
Tuesday 17th January              9.30am                    Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton                       
Wednesday 18th January        10.00am                  Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
Thursday 19th January            10.00am                  CAMEO at St Peter’s
Saturday 21st January             10.00am                  Flutes rehearse at Holy Cross
                                                      3.00pm                   Campfire Church at the Salvation Army Hall – The Good Samaritan
Dates for your diaries
Sunday 22nd January                11.00am                 CTiWW joint service in The Pavilion, Williton, to celebrate the Week of Prayer
                                                                                       for Christian Unity. (There will be no service at St Peter’s this week and

                                                                                       a short service of Holy Communion at St Decuman’s at 8.30am)
Sunday 29th January                10.30am                  Benefice service at St Decuman’s
Sunday 29th January                10.30am                  Deanery service for commissioning of Lay Pastoral Assistants at St Margaret’s, Spaxton
Sunday 29th January                  3.00pm                  Online launch service – Everyone, Everywhere Growing in Faith (see page below for details)

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


Quantock Towers Benefice
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)
20th               The staff and students of Enmore C of E Primary School, Nether Stowey C of E Primary School, Spaxton C of E Primary School

Watchet and Williton Benefice
21st                The people and parishes of Watchet and Williton; Little Saints parent and toddler groups and Camp Fire Church in Watchet and Williton

The ‘Epiphany season’ began on 6 January with the celebration of the Wise Men’s visit to Bethlehem where Christ was revealed to them as the King of all nations. During the following four weeks of the season the Sunday readings remind us of the different ways Christ’s glory was revealed to other people of his time.

The Collect
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen

Readings

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other)

CAMEO continues on Thursdays in St Peter’s church, 10am-12pm. Everyone welcome to drop in for coffee and chat.  Please speak to George or Sue if you have any questions.

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

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 Benefice

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

Wyndham Road in Watchet

Croftways in Williton

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

Prayers

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


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

​Sarah’s dad, Ken, passed away peacefully on Tuesday night. Sarah and both her sisters were able to spend time with him before he died and are grateful for everyone’s prayers. ​


Lay Pastoral Assistants

Last autumn, three members of our congregations, Chris Wade, Janet Bremner and Sue Withycombe, completed the Deanery course, Exploring Pastoral Care, and on 29th January will be taking the next step as they, along with others from the Deanery, are commissioned at a special service to be held at St Margaret’s Church, Spaxton.   The service is at 10.30am, which the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted in the diary of events, clashes with our Benefice service.

Please hold Chris, Janet and Sue in your prayers.

The 29th January is also the launch date for Everyone, Everywhere Growing in Faith

 so plenty of chances to worship that day!

For the last five years, the Archdeaconry Days have formed an important gathering point in the year for people across the diocese to gather around a theme to explore and grow. Following feedback, we are now renaming them, and they will be known as the Everyday Faith event. 

Our 2023 theme is: 
Everyone, Everywhere Growing in Faith - 29 January – 4 February 2023

Sometimes being a Christian is hard work, we feel stuck in a rut, nothing changes, and we may even feel like we go backwards in our faith journey. At other times, it feels like our relationship with God grows and develops and we learn more about who He is and draw closer to Him.

In 2023 we are going to explore what faith growth means and looks like, affirming and encouraging you along the way. 

Throughout the week we will be exploring six themes spelling out the word GROWTH:

1. Growth
2. Rhythms
3. Others
4. Word
5. Together
6. Hope

If you would like to sign up then please go to www.bathandwells.org.uk/everyday-faith to register.

When you sign up you will have the chance to access all of the following: 
Online Launch Service – 29 January at 15:00.   
Bishop Michael and Bishop Ruth will be joining us online for worship on the theme of Growing in Faith.

Stories of Growing in Faith - Monday, 30 January – Saturday, 4 February
A short video will be released each day, featuring people from across the diocese talking about their experience of growing in faith.
Each day some simple written material will be available for those not able to access the videos.

Archdeaconry Gatherings – Saturday 4 February
In-person Archdeaconry Gatherings hosted by the Archdeacons to celebrate and reflect together at the end of the week.
You are welcome to sign up to any of the sessions: 

The Blue School, Wells: 10:00 to 11:30 (arrival and refreshments from 09:30)  
Taunton Academy: 10:00 to 11:30 (arrival and refreshments from 09:30) 
Wellsway School, Keynsham: 14:00 to 15:30 (arrival and refreshments from 13:30) 

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 15th January 2023

 

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

God makes known his glory in lives renewed by Christ

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:

Revd Mark Phillips                 Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                         email: revdmarkphillips@outlook.com
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
Julie Pelling                             Ordinand                                                         Tel: 07973-961083                        email: julie@nickandju.plus.com
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email: donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   


Benefice Website:                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

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

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

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