Please join us at Doniford Farm for a ploughman’s lunch to raise funds

for the Deanery Mission Project – The Fortress in Uganda

Saturday 11 June 12.30pm

Choice of ham or cheese - £10 per head (pay on the day)
Sign up on list in church or

Contact Liz Payne 633084 or 07970 773210 or

Closing date Midday Friday 10 June
Donations of raffle prizes would be lovely

The Fortress takes in girls who find themselves pregnant, often as a result of grooming by older men, then rejected by their families. The Fortress is hoping to buy one or two acres of land (at £4,000 per acre) to become largely self-sufficient.

Today’s Worship and Readings
9.00am        Communion (Said) at St Decuman's
10.00am      All Age Service at St Peter's

10.30am      Jubilee Civic Service at St Decuman's

 12.00pm     Baptism of Charlotte Hughes at The Well                     

Next Sunday 12th June

9.15am        Parish Communtion at St Peter's

10.30am      Parish Communion at St Decuman's

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

Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 6th June                  9.45am                       Morning Prayer at Holy Cross

                                                 7.30pm                      Benefice Team Meeting at Holy Cross
Tuesday 7th June                 10.00am                     Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton

                                                 5.45pm                     Archdeacon's Visitation, Cannington (Service at 7pm)
Wednesday 8th June           10.00am                     Little Saints at Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                 7.00pm                      Watchet Consort rehearsal at Holy Cross 

Thursday 9th June               10.00am                     CAMEO at ST Peter's

                                                10.00am-2.00pm      Safeguarding Leadership Course, Meeting Room

Friday 10th June                   2.00pm                       Funeral of Edgar Wildish at St Decuman's

Saturday 11th June              10.00am                     Flute Choir rehearsal at Holy Cross

                                                12.30pm                    Lunch at Doniford Farm Park in aid of Deanery Mission Project

Your PCCs
Both parishes have now held their Annual Meetings

here is the updated list of members.

                                              St Decuman’s                                 St Peter’s
Churchwardens                Janet Bremner                                 George Fenech
                                              Sarah Lander                                   Sue Withycombe                           
Deanery Synod Reps       Margaret Tatham                           Ann Smith         
                                               Ros Whellams                                 Sue Withycombe
Readers                                Donna Marsden                              Donna Marsden
                                               Julie Pelling                                       Julie Pelling
Secretary                             Andrew Tatham                               Elizabeth Payne              
Treasurer                            Glenys Knight                                    Peter Payne
Members                             Caroline Beaney                              Tracey Copp
                                              Tracey Gullis                                      Margaret Gliddon
                                              Tony Knight                                       Elizabeth Grinstead
                                               Jim Powers                                        Sara Hempshall
                                              Chris Wade                                        (3 vacancies)
                                              Cynthia Webb
                                              John Whellams
                                              (2 vacancies)

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

Cannington Benefice
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

Quantock Towers Benefice
11th         The people and parishes of Bicknoller, Crowcombe, Monksilver, Nettlecombe, Sampford Brett, Stogumber

Cream Teas

This year we have decided to do cream teas at St Peter’s throughout the summer rather than all in August.

The dates will be 12 and 26 June, 03 and 17 July and

07 and 21 August. 

On 03 July we would like to incorporate a mini fete - more details to follow. If you are able to help on any of these days, please could you let either Liz Payne or myself know.

Thank you, Sara. or07427-969892


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers:

Graham Coggins, Shirley Dee, Jane Don, Jenny,
Daphne Wiseman
& The People of Ukraine. 

If you would like to be included on the prayer list, please let Sarah or Sue (or another member of the Benefice  team) know.

Red, White and Blue shawl in raffle for Alzheimer's Society

Margaret has been knitting again to produce a red, white and blue shawl for a jubilee raffle. Tickets, £1 a strip, are available from Margaret and from Jan Tapp at her shop Cotton Street in Watchet where the shawl is on display. 

Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, ‘the giver of life’: Pentecost (Greek Pentecoste - fiftieth) was a Jewish harvest festival occurring 50 days after the Passover. It marked the occasion when, with signs of wind and flame, the Spirit came upon the first disciples. Now they were empowered to bear witness to Christ. ‘Whit Sunday’ refers to the white robes usually worn by those baptized on this day.


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:
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email:   
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                        email:

Benefice Website:       

Facebook Pages:            

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & by email:


CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other)

CAMEO returns on Thursday, after the Bank Holiday break,

in St Peter’s church, 10am-12pm. Everyone welcome to drop in for coffee, cake and chat.  Please speak to George or Sue if you have any questions.

Prayers for the Benefice

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

Normandy Avenue in Watchet

Priest Street in Williton

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

A Collect for the Queen, as we celebrate her Platinum Jubilee

Gracious God, we give you thanks
for the reign of your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
and for the example of loving and faithful service
which she has shown among us.
Help us to follow her example of dedication
and to commit our lives to you and to one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts 21.1-21
Psalm 104. 26-37
John 14. 8-17 (25-27)

Tackling our financial challenges

Following the approval by Diocesan Synod of an approach to help the church return to financial sustainability, Ian Theodoreson, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance, has written to all clergy, treasurers and officers to explain some of the background and issues being faced. Ian writes:

"All of us individuals, parishes, deaneries and the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) are experiencing real financial pressures andwe need to find our way through it together.

"The situation is beginning to improve but it is recognised that it will take some time for parishes to recover their historic ability to give and in the meantime we need to make some tough decisions. We feel it is very important to be open and transparent about the challenges we face and I would encourage parishes to discuss the issues we raise. We welcome your reflections on the way forward, as we work on it together."

Materials are available to facilitate discussions within parishes, including an infographic, which is to be added to this news sheet soon.

The Collect

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
hrough the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 5th June 2022




Thursday 21st  July         7.00pm at St Peter's                Licensing of Revd Mark Phillips