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The Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 24th January 2021.

The Third Sunday of Epiphany

‘Renew your people with your heavenly grace’



During the four weeks of the ‘Epiphany season’ the Sunday Gospel readings describe the first encounters Jesus had with various people, in which he revealed who he was and the purpose of his coming. Sometimes these encounters were accompanied by ‘signs and miracles’ (as today’s Collect says). But always they led to the ‘renewing’ and ‘sustaining’ of lives that were aimless or frail.




The Collect.    Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power, 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.



What are you Wearing?

Our Bishops and Archdeacons wrote in a letter at the beginning of the month:

As a diocese we are using Colossians 3:12-17 to accompany us through all the sorrows and joys of the year ahead. Those words speak to us and are a prayer for us now, as much as ever: 

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  

One of the best reasons that I can give you for the fact that I wear robes is that "they cover up my impeccable taste in fashion". Well clearly if you believe that you will believe anything! But seriously it has been suggested that by wearing robes we cover up the distraction of what we wear as individuals and have a greater chance of pointing others towards God.

The passage from Colossians is a beautiful and rich passage full of excellent food for thought.

How often do we put on clothes to impress, I wonder, or to protect ourselves and cover up what lies beneath?

When I worked as  a Samaritan volunteer I had the privilege of working with some very special people. One of them once said that we should be very careful what we wore when we met face to face with clients because we needed to be sensitive to their feelings and their situation. We should not be sitting there in all our finery when some of them had very little. But my friend was talking about physical clothing - what she had overlooked was that she clothed herself in the way that Paul describes. Liz always clothed herself with love, compassion, sensitivity and wisdom whenever she met anybody - whatever their need. My prayer for you all at this time is that you clothe yourselves with "compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience" and "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" as you move forward into a new year, a new normal and an interregnum. Please stay well and stay safe,            Clive.


Great News - You can join our Zoom Service by telephone.

Janet Strong and Edna Sully did so on Sunday morning and it was brilliant to have them join us! Thanks to Andrew Tatham for making this possible and here are his instructions if you would like to join us by phone:


The instructions for Sunday morning are :

Dial      0203 901 7895 or  0203 481 5257


When asked, dial the meeting number

843 1648 0004#


Then when asked, the password:        817691#          - and you should get through !


The meeting numbers and passwords for Morning Prayer and Compline can be used in the same way.  

Do join us if you can - otherwise I know that you have all found ways to worship during the previous lockdowns. I will be celebrating the Eucharist for the benefice on Wednesday and Sunday mornings at 9.30 am.      Clive.



CANDLES!!!!                        If you are feeling down as a result of lockdown or have a loved one that is in need of prayer we will light a candle for you at our Agape Service on Sundays. Please send me a message or give me a call. On Sunday candles were lit for Ann, Martin, Zaida, Shirley, Edna and others named at the time.


Today's Worship & Reading:


Gospel reading:           John 2.1-11.

9.30 am. Eucharist celebrated at the vicarage.

11.00 am.  AGAPE service in our own homes, via Zoom.


Worship in January

Sunday 24th January

Eucharist celebrated at the Vicarage.

11.00 am. Agape via Zoom.

Sunday 31st January

Eucharist celebrated at the Vicarage.

11.00 am. Agape via Zoom.


Watchet Good Neighbours: Need help collecting prescriptions, attending hospital or surgery appointments? Perhaps you’d like someone to chat to. Then call 01984 573073 between 10.00 and 1.00 Monday to Friday. We are there for you!.



 tel: 0800 804 8044



This was a cry that used to be heard in all our towns and cities - it's something that might be said about this publication.

If you feel that this News Sheet is a form of communication that you would like to be able to read in the future, PLEASE volunteer to join a group of people to publish and produce it. They are beginning to take over the publication of the News Sheet.

The Team so far:        Sue Withycombe, Bev Machin, Caroline Beaney, Sarah Clarke - Lander with Cynthia Webb for IT assistance and Sara Hempshall to help when needed.

If you

are interested in joining them then please let them know.





Zoom Codes:


Topic: Agape

Time: Jan 3, 2021 11:00 AM London

        Every week on Sun, until Jan 31, 2021, 5 occurrence(s)

        Jan 24, 2021 11:00 AM

        Jan 31, 2021 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 843 1648 0004

Passcode: 817691

Topic: Compline

Time: Jan 6, 2021 07:00 PM London

        Every week on Wed, until Jan 27, 2021,

        Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM

        Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 878 7477 6984

Passcode: 182388


  Morning Prayer.

  Jan 25, 2021 09:30 AM

Meeting ID: 840 2778 9885

Passcode: 264103




LIGHT Groups (Pastoral Groups)

The idea behind this is so that people don’t feel they are on their own during this time when church services are suspended or very limited. We are all members of the body of Christ and we all have our part to play, to care for each other and to lighten the load. It will also give us the opportunity to develop our friendships and relationships with members of the church and to build one another up. The people in each group would know that someone is always there for a chat or support when needed. 







With God at the centre of everything we do. "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."

 (1 Corinthians 12 v27.)


We thought it would make sense if groups were based on location, so have divided people up this way. Each group will be given the names and contact details of the rest of their group, after we’ve checked that people are happy for their details to be passed on. We hope you will all want to be part of this, but if you would rather not, then please let one of the Benefice Team know, by Wednesday 27th January. Next week we should be able to let you know which group you are in.

The Benefice Team of Readers and churchwardens are all happy to be contacted at any time too, of course.

Benefice Team: 

Bev Machin                  Tel. 568201                   email: beverleymchn1@gmail.com   

Donna Marsden                         Tel. 633707                  email: donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   

Julie Pelling                   Tel. 07973 961083          email: julie@nickandju.plus.com                    

George Fenech              Tel. 633577                  email: georgefenech44@gmail.com

Sue Withycombe          Tel. 632596                   email: withysue10@gmail.com

Sarah Lander                Tel. 07765 881229          email:sclarkelander@gmail.com

Tom Mitchell                Tel. 634677                   email: tomwmitchell95@gmail.com


We pray for those in our congregations who have loved ones suffering from Covid 19 at this time and pray that God will watch over them and those who care for them.



We take Safeguarding very seriously in our Benefice and our Safeguarding Officers are Sara Hempshall and Anne Gilbert. They can be contacted initially by ringing 07961 268411 and by e-mail on annegilbertsafeguarding@outlook.com        


Clive:               01984 631005 / clive.gilbert@btinternet.com

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com  Type your paragraph here.