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 Flowerdale Road in Watchet and Kebby's Farm Close in Williton.  Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.



Once again, we would like to say thank you to Sara for the huge amount of (often thankless) work she has undertaken on our behalf over the last few years. Whilst we might not like being chased for our DBS checks and finding time to undertake training, it is an important part of our church life; potentially protecting ourselves, as well as others. Whilst Jackie has not been here very long she has still made a significant contribution, so thank you Jackie.

We now need to find one (or two) new volunteer safeguarding officers. Although Sara and Jackie are willing to continue until our APCMs, it will take time to recruit and train the right person.

A note from the latest  Diocesan Training Policy and Strategy, which might encourage you to think about the role…

“The Church has an ambition to make a paradigm shift in its relationship with safeguarding. This requires recognition that safeguarding needs to move away from something that is in some respects external/imposed upon the Church, to something that flows from within the soul of the Church. Safeguarding is at the centre of our faith, in our practice, in our worship, in our praying, and in our believing.”

If you are interested in applying, please speak to one of your churchwardens.

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - A prayer focus for every day of the month
Quantock Deanary
2nd    Alison Waters (Area Dean), Kate Sax (Asst Area         6th        The staff and students of Cannington C of E Primary
           Dean), Sally Bult (Lay Dean), Margaret Tatham                        School, Otterhampton Primary School, Brymore

           (Asst Lay Dean)                                                                               School, Cannington Campus of Bridgwater and   
3rd     Helen Greenwood (Secretary), Kate Slade                                Taunton College
           (Treasurer), Mike Haslam (Accompanier), Pam          Quantock Coast Benefice         
           Cuff (Retired Clergy Officer)                                           7th        The people and parishes of East Quantoxhead,
Cannington Benefice                                                                             Fiddington, Holford with Doddington, Kilve with
4th      The people and parishes of Cannington,                                  Kilton & Lilstock, Stogursey and Stolford, Stringston,
            Otterhampton with Combwich,                                                  West Quantoxhead
            Stockland and Steart Bay                                               8th        Nicky Morgan (Rector)
5th      Alison Waters (Rector), Jan Church (Curate),
           Chris Baillie (URC)


Today’s Worship and Readings
10.00am               All Age Worship at St Peter’s

10.30am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Jeremiah 31.7-14
Psalm 147.13-end
Ephesians 1.3-14
John 1.10-18

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 3rd January                          9.45am                                Morning Prayer at Holy Cross

Tuesday 4th January                         10.00am                               Morning Prayer at St Peter's

Wednesday 5th January                    9:45am                                Holy Communion at The Sanctuary


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Jane Don and Irene Marsden.  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
Almighty God, in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word, and shown us the fullness of your love:
help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.                 Amen.

CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other

Due to the ongoing uncertainties over the Omicron variant and the rise in infection cases, the organisers of CAMEO have decided to suspend the meetings for the time being.  Please speak to George or Sue if you have any questions.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 2nd January 2022


'Walk in His light and dwell in His love'

During the twelve days of the Christmas festival, the Church celebrates the ‘Incarnation’: the Son of God became a human being – Jesus Christ, ‘one of us’. The light (or ‘truth’) of God and the love (or ‘grace’) of God flowed into the world through him. Today’s Collect prays that we may learn to walk in that light and dwell in that love, which leads to the fullness of joy.

Beautiful rainbow over Caen

Sunday 9th January

9.15am        Parish Communion at St Peter's

10:30am      Parish Communion at St Decuman's

4.00pm        CTiWW Epiphany Service at Methodist Church, Watchet

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Please remember to use the hand sanitisers provided.
  3. We will be leaving the doors open again so you may wish to wear something warm!
  4. Please try to maintain social distancing in the pews. Perhaps using every other pew?
  5. Please remember the one way system when going up to the altar for Communion.


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:
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email:
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email:
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email:
Bev Machin                             Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-568201                        email:   
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                 
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                        email:

Benefice Website       

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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: