The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 4th September 2022



"God is ready to give more than we desire or deserve"


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

and Christopher

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

Josephine, from our mission project,The Fortress, will be visiting the deanery in September, and we would welcome as many as are available to attend Nether Stowey Church Centre,

on Sunday, 11th September at 3:00pm for 3:30pm.

Refreshments will flow and there's plenty of parking! See poster on church notice board

​​​Today’s Worship and Readings

10.00am               All Age Worship at St Peter’s

10.45am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Next Sunday 4th September

9.15am       Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s  (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME)

10.45am     Service of Remembrance on The Esplanade (part of the 1940's Weekend)

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.

TODAY at the Watchet Music Festival - we pray for the morning service for Festival-goers and for the Prayer Tent

Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 5th September           9.45am                    Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
Tuesday 6th September          10.00am                  Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton
                                                     11.30am                  Funeral of Peter Hadley at St Peter’s                                  
Wednesday 7th September    9.45am                    Communion at The Sanctuary
                                                    10.00am                  Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                    10.30am                  Chapter meeting at Holy Cross             
Thursday 8th September        10.00am                  CAMEO at St Peter’s
Saturday 10th September       9.30am                    First session of Deanery course Exploring Worship and Pastoral Care       
                                                     10.00am                  Flute Choir rehearsal at St Decuman’s
                                                     12.00pm                  Watchet 1940s weekend – lunches and teas at Holy Cross

Heritage Open Days in Goathurst – 17th and 18th September

2.00 – 5.30 pm

Goathurst’s own unique Village Heritage Trail will once again feature in the National Heritage Open Days’ Festival

which runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 18th September.

Following the success of our inaugural Village Heritage Trail in 2019, Halswell House and Park, the Landmark Trust and St Edward’s church have again joined forces to welcome visitors to explore the unique history and heritage which links them so closely together. Halswell House and grounds, and Mill Wood with the lakes and Temple of Harmony will be open with some guided tours available; guides will also be on hand at the church to provide an insight into the history of its significant collection of tombs and monuments and their links to the families of Halswell House. This year, Robin Hood Hut (Landmark Trust) will also be open. There will be a trail map available showing a suggested route.

Refreshments will again be available at the church. 

Please visit the website at Events | Heritage Open Days for full details. Entry is free to all!

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


Psalm 139.1-5, 12-18
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14.25-33 

The Trustees of two local charities, The Mary Huxtable Sutton Relief in Need Trust and the St Decuman’s Parish Trust, which 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.

Prayers for the Benefice

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

School Close in Watchet

Tower Hill in Williton

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

As Little Saints prepares to return after the long summer break, please remember the parents, children and the volunteer team in your prayers.

Dates for your diaries:
Sunday 11th September          12.00pm                  Watchet 1940s weekend – lunches and teas at Holy Cross
                                                      3.00pm                    The Fortress talk at Nether Stowey Church Centre
Saturday 17th September       10.00am                  Coffee morning at 39 Doniford Road, Watchet
Monday 19th September        7.00pm                    Joint PCC meeting at the Meeting Room
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

The Collect today reminds us of the astonishingly generous gifts of God. They are ‘more than either we desire or deserve’, and include Christ’s forgiveness of our sins and the Spirit’s unlimited resources. But this ‘grace’ of God is also experienced in everyday events – such as the care given and received in close human relationships. We celebrate God’s grace in our worship together now.

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

The PCC of Nettlecombe Church would like to invite you to a
TALK & CREAM TEA on 16th September 2022

Talk given by Torquil McNeilage ACR about the AMAZING restoration of the three Medieval Effigies in our church, finishing with a cream tea.

2pm start with a short Service of Blessing by
the Reverend Steve Morley.

No need to book but any queries to
Lucy Devitt (01643) 821102 or Jane Wynne (01984) 640734.

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

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 Doddington, Kilve with Kilton & Lilstock, Stogursey and

                  Stolford, Stringston, West Quantoxhead
8th           Nicky Morgan (Rector)
9th           Dawn Brimson, +George Cassidy, Pam Cuff, Chris Moorsom, Stephen Campbell, Tony Smith (Retired Clergy)
10th         The staff and students of Stogursey C of E Primary School

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.


COFFEE MORNING at 39 Doniford Road

Saturday September 17th      between 10am - 12 noon

In aid of St Decuman’s church funds (in particular to help in the work being undertaken

in the near future on the outside toilet - electricity being installed etc)

Tea, Coffee etc.       Raffle      Bring ‘n’ Buy Stall   &  a  chance for those who have yet to meet Revd. Mark & Clare.

It would be lovely to welcome you all back to No 39 for an event.  Tony Knight    tel. 01984 634098

Exploring Worship & Pastoral Care
in Quantock Deanery
When? Sept 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct 1st, 8th. Saturday mornings, 9.30-12.30

Where? Nether Stowey Stable Loft [behind the Rectory]

What are Exploring Worship and Exploring Pastoral Care?

‘Exploring Worship’ and ‘Exploring Pastoral Care’ are courses with the following elements:
▪ Understanding our communities
▪ What is Worship?
▪ What is Pastoral Care
▪ Being a Worship Leader or Pastoral Assistant.

They are two separate courses, which will share some common elements and which we will
lead in tandem. Each person will only do one of the courses.
Exploring Worship can form the training component for becoming a Lay Worship Assistant.
Exploring Pastoral Care can form the training component for becoming a Lay Pastoral
Assistant. Those who would like to explore this should talk with their Rector.
Who can do Exploring Worship or Exploring Pastoral Care?
These courses might be for you if you:
▪ are prayerful, want to find out more about worship or pastoral care;
▪ are prepared to try new things and are willing to have a go;
The courses are practical and participants will be asked to prepare for and participate in the
sessions but only to a level you are comfortable with.
To join the course talk with your Rector and email mike.haslam@bathwells.anglican.org.


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

Watchet 1940s Weekend - 10th & 11th September

We are looking for volunteers to help with the lunches and teas at

Holy Cross during this weekend, from 12.00 - 5.00pm each day. This was a really successful and enjoyable event when we did it a few years ago.

We need people to help on one or both days, and also to make cakes, 
scones, etc.

All with a wartime/Forties theme. 

Please contact
Alan and Ellie, or Glenys, if you would like to join in the fun - it would help if you can let them know by Sunday 21st August what time you could offer and/or what food you could provide. Thank you.

 Alan & Ellie: 
alan@hithe.org  Glenys: glenysknight@hotmail.com  Tel. 631787