October events

Seafarers Service
On Sunday 23rd October CTiWW are holding a Seafarers Service

at 10.30am on the Esplanade, or the Methodist Church if wet.

The service will be led by the Coastguard Chaplain,

celebrating the 200th anniversary of the

​And the week after...
The annual Quantock deanery service will be at Greatwood on Sunday 30th October at 10.30am,
followed by lunch (more details to come). It was a lovely occasion last year and would be good to
see as many, if not more, of us attend this year. It would be great if we car share as much as
possible. Please speak to Mark or one of the churchwardens if you need a lift.

There will be no service at St Decuman’s that week, as it is a fifth Sunday and would have been St
Peter’s turn to host. A short communion service will be held at St Peter’s at 8.30am, allowing Mark
(and his SatNav) time to find his way around the Quantock lanes!​

Dates for your diaries:
Monday 26th September                7.30pm                 St Decuman’s PCC at Holy Cross
Tuesday 27th September                7.00pm                 St Peter’s PCC at the Meeting Room
Sunday 2nd October                      10.00am                 All Age Harvest Festival service at St Peter’s
Sunday 23rd October                     10.30am                CTiWW Sea Farers service on The Esplanade, Watchet
Sunday 30th October                     10.30am                Deanery service at Greatwood​

Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; 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


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
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   

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

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

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace


1 Timothy 2.1-7
Luke 16.1-13

The Trustees of two local charities,

The Mary Huxtable Sutton Relief in Need Trust

and the St Decuman’s Parish Trust

that give grants to people in need and for the maintenance and repair of St Decuman’s Church, are looking for a new Secretary. The Trustees generally meet every two months, and the Secretary’s work probably takes between 4 – 10 hours a month.

If you might be interested in taking on this role, please speak to Mark, Tony Knight or Sarah Lander, who are amongst the Trustees.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 18th September 2022



"Worship in spirit and in truth’


Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December

Within the next couple of weeks a letter will be sent out to 40 plus organisations with the required details of THEME etc.    Also a meeting will be held to discuss the 'setting-up' and possible stalls for those wishing

to become part of this year’s organising 'Team'.

Please speak to Glenys or myself if you will be willing to undertake a task.

Prayers for the Benefice

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

Severn Terrace in Watchet

Union Lane in Williton

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

St Peters Church Village Fete Refreshments   -  I wanted to say thank you to all who supported our efforts providing the refreshments at the village fete. Particularly those who made cakes and the essential helpers serving on the day.  I am pleased to say that we raised £229.60 for church funds.  Well done all!  Derek Smith


Forties Weekend – Holy Cross Tea Rooms  -  And a big thank you to all who were involved in organising, making cakes and helping at Holy Cross Chapel last Saturday and Sunday. £900 was raised for church funds. Well done!

Watchet Beach Clean

St Decuman’s Church is a Plastic Free Watchet Community Ally, so we try to reduce our use of single-use plastic at church and support their aims to sign up as many businesses and organisations as possible to do the same.

Please see the poster below with details of the Beach Clean on Sunday 24th September, 2pm – 4pm.

The Music Group practises at Holy Cross Chapel on Fridays from 2.30pm – 3.45pm.

If anyone would like to join us, please contact Diane Coggins 01984 631365


There is a new Traidcraft book at the back of St Peter’s church with Christmas cards and other gifts. 

I will be putting an order in at the end of the month. Please take the opportunity to look at the catalogue over the next couple of weeks. 

Thank you, Sara Hempshall


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Graham, Shirley, Jane,
Janet, Jenny, Sara, Elias,

David and Christopher

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

On the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II our thoughts and prayers are with her son, His
Majesty King Charles III, and the rest of the Royal Family at this
difficult time.
We are having a short Benefice Commemoration service this
Sunday at 6pm at St Decuman’s Church.

Gracious God,
We give thanks for the life of your Servant, Queen Elizabeth,
For her faith and dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
And may her example continue to inspire us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord

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, Julie Pelling (Readers)
24th       Richard Allen, Andrew Tatham (Retired clergy) 


We are hoping to be able to take Open
The Book back to both St Peter’s and
Knights Templar schools soon.

Can you help?

If you don’t feel you can act there are
other roles to consider, such as narrator, set building

or costume making.
Please speak to Mark if you are interested in joining the team.

​​​​Today’s Worship and Reaadings

9.15am      Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am    Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
12.30pm    Christening of Harley Raymond High at St Decuman’s

6.00pm      Special Benefice Commemoration service at St Decuman’s, marking the death of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Next Sunday 25th September

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

Both churches will usually be open every day between 8.30am and 6.00pm (approximately).

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

There are Condolence Books and Candles to light in memory of the Queen until the day after the funeral.

Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 19th September                                          The Queen’s Funeral  (No Morning Prayer and Benefice PCC cancelled)
Tuesday 20th September         9.30am                    Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton                                       
Wednesday 21st September  10.00am                   Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
Thursday 22nd September     10.00am                  CAMEO at St Peter’s
Friday 23rd September            2.30pm                    Music Group rehearse at Holy Cross   
Saturday 24th September       9.30am                    Exploring Worship and Pastoral Care continues               
                                                   10.00am                   Flutes rehearse at Holy Cross

                                                      3.00pm                  Campfire Church, West Street Beach,