Today’s Worship and Readings
9.15am                 Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
4.00pm                 Carols around the bonfire at St Decuman’s
                               (don’t forget wellies and a torch)
Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 80:1-8
Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 1:39-55
 
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 20th December                   9.45am                                No Morning Prayer at Holy Cross

                                                              2.00pm                                Journeying with the Magi at Holy Cross

                                                              7.00pm                                Pantomime rehearsal at St Peter’s
Tuesday 21st December                                                                No Morning Prayer at St Peter’s
Thursday 23rd December                10am -12:00pm                 No CAMEO at St Peter’s

Friday 24th December                      4.00pm                                No Crib Service at St Peter's - cancelled

                                                              11:30pm                             Midnight Communion at both Churches

Saturday 25th December                 10.00am                             Christmas Day Communion at St Peter's

                                                              10.30am                             Christmas Day Communion at St Decuman's

Monday 27th December                   9.45am                               No Morning Prayer at Holy Cross

Tuesday 28th December                  10.00am                             Morning Prayer at St Peter's

Thursday 30th December                 10.00am - 12.00pm          No CAMEO at St Peter's

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 19th December 2021


THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The Virgin Mary 'looked for Christ's coming'

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Prayers

We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: those who are unwell at home or in hospital.  If you would like to be included on the prayer list, please let Sarah or Sue (or another member of the Benefice  team) 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 againas our Judge;

who is alive and reigns with you, in the

unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.        Amen

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

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Readings
Isaiah 9.2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2.11-14
Luke 2.1-20

Christmas Day Communion

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - A prayer focus for every day of the month
Quantock Villages Benefice
19th -  Peter Attwood, Malcolm Bole,                                        22nd – vacancy; Jane Sperring (Methodist), Mike Sherburn (Baptist)

            Peter Williams (retired clergy)                                                      Sam Searle (Salvation Army), Vincent Woods (Roman Catholic)

20th -  The staff and students of Enmore C of E                      23rd -  Bev Machin, Donna Marsden, Julie Pelling (Readers)

             Primary School, Nether Stowey C of E Primary           24th -  Richard Allen, Andrew Tatham (Retired Clergy)
             School, Spaxton C of E Primary School                         25th -  Danesfield C of E Middle School, Knights Templar C of E School

Watchet & Williton Benefice                                                                and Methodist First School, St Peter's C of E First School
21st  -  The people and parishes of Watchet and
             Williton; Little Saints paretn & toddler groups

             and Camp Fire Church in Watchet and Williton

Beautiful rainbow over Caen

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.

Readings
Isaiah 52.7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1.1-12
John 1.1-14

Collect

Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and 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.

The next edition of the News Letter will be published in the new year 2022
Wishing you all a very joyful and peaceful Christmas.

Watchet Baptist Church Advent Festival

This Advent on our

YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/WatchetBaptist)

Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/WBCandfriends)

and on our new

Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/wbcadventfestival/)


There will be a video posted each day as part of our Advent Festival, for you to enjoy and share around with those who you think it might encourage!

Christmas Services - Collects and Readings

Christmas Festival Williton Pavilion

Just a short note to say a big "Thank You" to all those who helped serve on the day and all those that donated Mince Pies for sale at the festival.


Everything was donated so we were able to raise £121.50p

for St Peters Church Funds.


Derek R Smith.

Don’t forget you can donate to St Peter’s church by doing your online shopping through Easyfundraising. It doesn't cost you a penny

Midnight Communion

CAMEO   (Come and Meet Each Other)
CAMEO is on Thursdays, in St Peter’s church 10am – 12pm. We are taking a break now but, subject to Covid restrictions, will be back on 6th January. Everyone in the benefice is welcome to drop in for coffee and chat.


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

No Services on 26th December

We have celebrated the Advent season in hope, anticipating the day whenChrist 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.  Today we remember the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.  In Him, God's rule on earth was finally realised.

And if you haven’t had enough carols after our bonfire services…

Carols & Lights - Sunday 19 December at 6pm
Wrap up warm and join Watchet Baptist Church outside at Knights Templar School for Carols and Lights, as we re-tell the amazing story of Jesus' birth. Familiar carols and readings will be followed by hot spiced apple juice and mince pies.
Bring your family, friends & neighbours (they'll love it)
Bring a light (to light up the playground)
Bring your own cup (and we'll fill it up)
Bring a folding chair (if you or a friend will need a seat)

As last year there will also be an online version (on our Youtube channel) on Thursday 23 December at 7.30pm.


  Along with the bishops in many other dioceses, Bishop Ruth has given a blanket dispensation for parishes not to hold services on 26th December.  As we have been unable to find cover anyway, we have taken advantage of this relaxation of the rules.

Sunday 2nd January

10:00am All Age Worship at St Peter's

10:30am Parish Communion at St Decuman's

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 Doniford Road in Watchet and High Street in Williton.  Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.  Next week please pray for Esplanade Lane in Watchet, and Higher Stream Lane in Williton.

Updated Coronavirus advice

Following the recent concerning news regarding the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus,

we have looked at the increased risk to the congregations and have decided the following measures to keep you all safe.


  • Face coverings should be worn at all times, including whilst singing. Although singing is an exempt activity, 
    it carries an increased risk of the spread of droplets and aerosols.

  • Please remember to use the hand sanitisers provided.

  • We will be leaving the doors open again so you may wish to wear something warm!

  • Please try to maintain social distancing in the pews. Perhaps using every other pew?

  • Please remember the one way system when going up to the altar for Communion.


We have also made the difficult decision to cancel the crib service at St Peter’s.

As this has been quite widely advertised beyond this news sheet, could you please let anyone you think may attend know.

This message, from the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group,

appears on the Church of England’s Coronavirus Guidance page:-

"As we look forward to celebrating again the coming of Jesus into our world, we can do so with hope.  Few of us imagined when we first heard of the coronavirus at the beginning of last year that we would now beapproaching our second Christmas of a global pandemic.

The recent emergence of the new Omicron variant and the evidence we’ve seen already of its rapid spread is acause of real concern.  And while we are hugely thankful for the rapid development and mass rollout of the vaccines – and the currentbooster programme – there are important steps we should take now to protect ourselves and each other.

As Christians, we have a duty to care for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable, and the latest measures announced by the Government should offer some extra protection and reassurance for people.  Caring for one another, sharing, hope, faith and most of all the knowledge that God is with us are at the heart of Christmas.

This Christmas we will be coming together – whether in person or online – to worship God and celebrate his coming into the world as a human being like us. Amid all that we have been through together in the last two years that hope is as strong as ever."