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

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 6th November 2022



'Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority'


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.

It is helpful to retain a basic structure for the intercessions, since familiarity will help people to join in, and will help the intercessor plan what is to be said. The typical pattern for intercessions in Common Worship services is this:

1.  The Church of Christ;
2.  Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority;
3.  The local community;
4.  Those who suffer;
5.  The communion of saints.

It is sometimes appropriate to deviate from the pattern, especially on a significant occasion or in time of catastrophe. You do not always have to pray for all the categories under number 2.

Some intercessions include a response from the congregation, thus: You could use the pattern above, or the equivalent in your church, in several different ways – here are some examples:

1.       Using an invitation to prayer, sometimes called a ‘bidding’:

‘Let us pray for the sick and for those who suffer, for all in the nursing homes and hospices of our parish, and for those who are housebound. We remember all who are sick, among them … (a list of names follows)

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.’

2.       Integrating the ‘bidding’ into the prayer:

‘Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially … (a list of names follows) … and all those being cared for in this parish. Give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.’

3.       Praying more freely, using different words.

Again, it is useful to follow the typical pattern of five areas above, it is certainly not compulsory, but do ensure that you have prepared beforehand.

 It is so important that as the Body of Christ we all have the opportunity to participate in our worship and it is so good to hear different voices in our churches.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who do take part as intercessors, it really is most appreciated by us all.  I also encourage all those who feel able to come forward, and hope that these guidelines will provide reassurance and help for those of you who may be considering helping with our prayers.  

The Collect (St Decuman’s)

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.                                        Amen


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Graham, Shirley, Jane,
Janet, Sara,
 Peter, Fay, Alice and Christopher

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

Leading prayer through intercessions In the Church of England

In the Church of England, we often pray with language which comes from the Bible and from the texts of our liturgy. But we knit together these words and images with ideas which come from our own hearts and from the communities in which we pray. It is important to prepare for the task of leading the intercessions with care because in every case the intercessor is not just offering prayers independently, but also helping to encourage others in their own prayer.

Like other forms of ministry, leading the intercessions in a service is both a privilege and a responsibility.

·         Remember that you are helping to lead others in prayer, not simply praying in public;

·         The language of your intercessions should broadly match the style and vocabulary normally used in your church’s

          worship.   It is important to create prayers sensitively.

·         The intercessions are not a ‘shopping list’ of concerns, nor are they a news report or an opportunity to express a personal

           opinion which might not be shared by others; they are appeals to God who already knows the prayers on our hearts.



2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13 - end
Luke 20:27-38

Dates for your diaries:
Tuesday 15th November                     7.30pm                   Deanery Synod, Cannington Village Hall
Wednesday 16th November               7.30pm                   Curry Night at Bengal Spice
Monday 21st November                      7.30pm                   St Decuman’s PCC
Tuesday 29th November                     7.00pm                   St Peter’s PCC

If Jesus Christ is ‘the King of all’ – as today’s Collect says – earthly rulers take their authority from him and are entrusted with the task of extending ‘his just and gentle rule’, in a world that is ‘divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin’. We remember all leaders today and pray that governments will themselves be ‘governed’ by Christ as they serve the people.

Prayers for the Benefice

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

Temple Fields in Watchet

Aller Mead Way in Williton

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

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

Cannington Benefice
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
12th         Vacancy

The Collect (St Peter’s)

God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.           Amen

Mark says…

"On Sunday at St Peters after the service a little girl asked me what is prayer?  It reminded me that I had not yet produced a guide for leading intercessions in church which people had asked for.  So please see below some brief notes on intercessions in Church.  There will also be a more in-depth morning training/refresher session about leading intercessions, to which all are invited. "

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace

St Peter’s Curry Night
Bengal Spice
Wednesday 16November at 7.30pm

TICKETS available at £19 (NB correction
to previous notice) from Sara Hempshall
tel 07427 969892

Numbers limited so please book early!

 Today’s Worship and Readings 
10.00am     All Age Worship at St Peter’s
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

Next Sunday 13th November    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

10.00am     Parish Communion at St Peter’s (Note change of time)
10.45am     Parish Communion at St Decuman’s 

Both churches will usually be open every day during daylight hours.

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

​​Dates for the week ahead:
Sunday 6th November            6.00pm                    Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem at St Andrew’s Church, Stogursey (see poster in both churches for details)
Monday 7th November           9.45am                    Benefice Morning Prayer at Holy Cross                              
Tuesday 8th November           9.30am                    Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton                                                       
Wednesday 9th November     10.00am                  Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
Thursday 10th November       10.00am                  CAMEO at St Peter’s
Friday 11th November             10.45am                  RBL Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Williton memorial ground and at Watchet War Memorial
Saturday 12th November        10.00am                  Flutes rehearse at Holy Cross