Winter Quiz 
It's back!  A new quiz to help raise funds for St Peter’s Church, Williton. 
Enjoy working on the quiz on the cold winter's evenings. 
Suggested donation £1.00.
Pick up your copy from the following places:
Williton Post Office                               Parish Office, Williton            
St Peter’s Church (Sundays)                Williton Flooring  


This year there will be a £20 prize for the winner.  All quizzes are numbered so even if you don't manage to complete the questions it's worth sending to be put in a draw for a bottle of wine. 

Happy Quizzing

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


4.00pm       Carol Service at St. Decuman's - followed by mulled wine, tea, coffee, mince pies, whilst Watchet Consort sing traditional country carols​

Next Sunday 25th December  Christmas Day

10.00am      Christmas Day Communion at St Peter’s
10.00am      Christmas Day 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:
Christmas Services and events for the week ahead:

Monday 19th December          9.45am                           Benefice Morning Prayer at Holy Cross

                                            10.30am – 12.00 Midday      WARM SPACE at Holy Cross – tea, coffee, biscuits, hot soup
                                                      1.30pm                          Advent Reflection at Holy Cross                      
Wednesday 21st December      4.00pm                        Carols around the Bonfire in St Decuman’s Churchyard
                                                                                             with mulled wine and mince pies
Thursday 22nd December         4.00pm                        Carols around the Bonfire outside St Peter’s
                                                                                             with mulled wine and mince pies
Saturday 24th December           2.30pm                        Crib Service at St Peter’s

At the Crib Services children (and adults!) are welcome to come dressed as a character or animal from the Nativity, or there will be some costumes available at each church.
                                                      4.00pm                          Crib Service at St Decuman’s
                                                      11.30pm                        Midnight Mass at St Decuman’s
                                                      11.30pm                         Midnight Mass at St Peter’s

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 18th December 2022

 

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

We have celebrated the Advent season in hope, anticipating the day when Christ will come again to establish God’s Kingdom of justice and peace everywhere. We have also looked back to the Patriarchs, the Prophets, and to John the Baptist who, in different ways, were servants of God’s rule in Israel. On Sunday 18th we remember the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In him God’s rule on earth was finally realized.

Readings

Isaiah 7:10-16
Matthew 1:18-25

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year from the Benefice Ministry Team:
Mark and Clare, Julie, Donna, Janet, George, Sue, Sarah, Andrew

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..


The Collect
God our Redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our Saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our Judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen

Next Sunday – 25th December Christmas Day
10.00am        Christmas Day Communion at St Peter’s
10.00am        Christmas Day Communion at St Decuman’s
Readings
St Decuman’s:   Titus 3.4-7           Luke 2.1-20
St Peter’s:            Hebrews 1.1-4   John 1.1-14


The Collect
Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; 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 for ever.  Amen.

We are having a little break!  The next news sheet will be for Sunday 8th January 2023

So here are the details for the next couple of weeks:


Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve
11.30pm               Midnight Mass at St Peter’s
11.30pm               Midnight Mass at St Decuman’s
Readings
St Decuman’s:   Hebrews 1.1-4    John 1.1-14
St Peter’s:            Titus 3.4-7           Luke 2.1-20


The Collect
Eternal God, who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true light: bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth, to see the radiance of 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 for ever.  Amen.

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Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street. The next 3  weeks are

Whitehall, Woodland Road & Wouldham Road in Watchet

Brook Road, Butts Close & Catwell in Williton

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

Readings

At St Peter's:       Hebrews 1:1-4             Luke 2:1-20
At St Dcuman's:  Titus 3:4-7                    John 1: 1-14

Dates for your diaries:


No Cameo on Thursday 22nd December – the next one will be on Thursday 29th December.
No Morning Prayer and Warm Space on Monday 26th December.
Little Saints Watchet meets again on Tuesday 10th January.
Little Saints Williton meets again on Wednesday 11th January. 

Childrens Society Box collection

It has been my privilege to collect the Children's Society boxes from the contributors in Williton over the last 13 years. I am retiring from this project this year and would be grateful to hear from anyone who wishes to volunteer to take on this very worthy work.

This involves collecting the boxes once a year, counting the monies, paying it into the Post Office and returning the boxes.

For details contact Maureen Heath (telephone 639149) 

 Sunday 1st January 2023                The Baptism of Christ

10.00am               All Age Worship with Baptism at St Peter’s

10.45am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Readings for St Decuman’s:  Isaiah 42.1-9      Matthew 3.13-17

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

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


Quantock Villages Benefice
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 & Williton Benefice
21st         The people and parishes of Watchet and Williton; Little Saints parent & toddler groups and Camp Fire Church in Watchet and Williton
22nd        Mark Phillips (Vicar); Jane Sperring (Methodist), Mike Sherburn (Baptist), Sam Searle (Salvation  Army), Vincent Woods (Roman Catholic)
23rd         Donna Marsden (Reader), Julie Pelling (Ordinand)
24th         Richard Allen, Andrew Tatham (Retired clergy)
25th         Danesfield C of E Middle School, Knights Templar C of E & Methodist First School, St Peter’s C of E First School
Chaplaincies
26th         Staff and visitors to Great Wood Camp, Patrick Weld (Chaplain)
27th         The employees and contractors at the three Hinkley Point Power Stations (A, B, and C), Ewen Huffman (Chaplain to HPC) and volunteer chaplains

Health & Care Centres
28th         The staff and patients of Cannington Health Centre, Quantock Medical Centre (Nether Stowey), West Somerset Healthcare (Watchet and Williton

                  Surgeries), Williton Community Hospital, and the staff and residents of Croft House (Williton) and The Old Vicarage Care Home (Stockland)    
Local Government
29th         Parish, District and County Councillors; Ian Liddell-Grainger (MP); new housing and employment projects
The Church of England
30th             +Justin Welby, +Stephen Cottrell (Archbishops)
The Anglican Communion
31st      +Josiah Idowu-Fearon (Secretary General) 
Diocese of Bath & Wells
1st           +Michael (Bishop of Bath & Wells), +Ruth (Bishop of Taunton), Simon Hill (Archdeacon of Taunton)
Quantock Deanery
2nd          Alison Waters (Area Dean), Kate Sax (Asst Area Dean), Sally Bult (Lay Dean), Margaret Tatham (Asst Lay Dean)
3rd           Helen Greenwood (Secretary), Kate Slade (Treasurer), Mike Haslam (Accompanier), Pam Cuff (Retired Clergy Officer)
Cannington Benefice
4th           The people and parishes of Cannington, Otterhampton with Combwich, Stockland & Steart Bay
5th           Alison Waters (Rector), Jan Church (Curate), Chris Baillie (URC)
6th           The staff and students of Cannington C of E Primary School, Otterhampton Primary School, Brymore School, Cannington Campus of Bridgwater

                  & Taunton College
Quantock Coast Benefice
7th           The people and parishes of East Quantoxhead, Fiddington, Holford with Dodington, Kilve with Kilton & Lilstock, Stogursey and Stolford,

                  Stringston, West Quantoxhead