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Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 31st May 2020.



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.


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; through 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.                        

Corona Virus Prayer.

Loving God, We pray for all those who are suffering because of the corona virus, may they know your healing power. When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage. When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence. Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all. We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do. We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.            Amen.


Please also pray for Kathryn as she continues to keep in touch with people at St. Decuman's and for Clive as he keeps in touch with people at St. Peter's. Pray also for Marlene and all who work at the Food bank.


 I yam what I yam: Kathryn Flenley

If you remember this character then you are definitely of a certain age! Who can fail to have their hearts touched by Popeye’s devotion to ‘Olive-Oyl’ or the continual rivalry between him and Bluto for her affections. His near-saintly perseverance in overcoming any obstacle to please Olive, who often (if temporarily) renounces Popeye for Bluto is to be admired. However, he is often so very nearly thwarted and there are moments when he is faced with his own shortcomings and his inability to make any headway. It is then that he utters those immortal words, ‘I yam what I yam, and that’s all that I yam.’ Of course, it’s only then that he remembers that he has a strength outside of himself in the form of a tin of spinach!

I yam what I yam. When Moses is herding his sheep and comes across a burning bush he is given a task which he believes to be totally beyond him as he considers his own shortcomings. You see, out of that burning bush comes the voice of God telling him that he has been chosen to lead the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and into freedom. Moses says to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.

God doesn’t take no for an answer, however, and has an answer for every question regarding Moses’ self-confessed shortcomings. In the end, Moses seeks reassurance from the only source of strength he can rely on and asks God to tell him his name so that he can let the Israelites know who is in charge. God says, ‘Tell them ‘I am’ has sent you’. Yes, I yam what I yam!

Roll forward to God’s own son, Jesus. He is talking with his disciples about what is going to happen to him in Jerusalem. Thomas, poor confused Thomas, needs to know more. Jesus says to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ Jesus, in those few words, gives Thomas the reassurance he needs to give him the confidence to carry on being a faithful disciple. I yam what I yam.

Today is the feast of Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to those faithful disciples. What has kept them believing Jesus’s promise to them that they wouldn’t have to face the future alone? The knowledge that their faithful Lord is the ‘I am’ who leads people to freedom. The ‘I am’ who is the way, the truth, and the life, providing the strength outside of themselves to face whatever lies ahead with confidence. Freedom and facing the future with confidence is what we all look forward to. We may be filled with doubt about what that future will look like. We are who we are; yet it’s not all that we are when we allow the Holy Spirit’s power to fill us. He will strengthen and guide us on our continuing journey to life in all its fullness!


Thank you Kathryn for those really encouraging words - Anne found this earlier in the week and I find the words so reassuring. Let's all "dare to believe" that by being fully the people God intended us to be and with His Spirit working through us that we can make a difference and will come through this time stronger.


Dare to Believe

You can't be all things to all people.

You can't do all things at once.

You can't do all things equally well.

You can't do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths, and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,

Because no one else is in the contest of "being you".


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due,

And you will be a being that is vitally alive.

Dare to believe..

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And you will be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.         Anon


Today's Worship & Readings:                    Acts 2.1-21          &            John 20.19-23 or John 7.37-39


10.30 am.        HERE IN WATCHET & WILLITON, in our own homes.  Can I encourage you all to use the Agape Service at 10.30 am on Sunday (If you would like to join us on Zoom - the passwords are included below)

And, don`t forget, there are services on the television and the radio.

In addition to this Kathryn and I will be saying the Eucharist for and on behalf of the communities of Watchet & Williton and telephoning all those in our congregations who are not on e-mail.

And for everybody who has a TELEPHONE - DAILY HOPE!

You can use it at any time and on any day. There is a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury.


tel: 0800 804 8044

This week.

Mon.                9.30 am.          Morning Prayer lead by Clergy or Reader - you can join them on "Zoom".

Tues.                9.30 am.          Clive celebrates The Eucharist for Williton

                        2.00 & 2.30 pm Clergy & Readers meet via Zoom.

                        7.30 - 8.15 pm. Vicarage House group by e-mail. Please join us, Clive.

Wed.                Kathryn celebrates The Eucharist for Watchet

                        7.00 pm.          Compline (Night Prayer) lead by Clergy or Reader - you can join us on "Zoom

Sat. 6th            9.30 am.                      Staff Meeting via Zoom details to follow.

Sunday             10.30 am.    All the Benefice are invited to celebrate an Agape Service in their homes at the                                          same times or via Zoom.   Kathryn & Clive to lead alternately.


Standing Committee Meetings:       This week has seen the first of our Lockdown Standing Committee meetings. The Church Representation Rules allow for a standing committee to meet between PCC meetings and to make decisions on behalf of the PCC. Our standing committees each consist of clergy, wardens, PCC secretary and PCC treasurer. At our meeting on Wednesday we discussed the first stage of re- opening our churches which allows one named person only to go into the church to say a daily office, to check on the building and to stream services where that is possible. We also discussed how we might get St. Decuman's Magazine circulated in June. We will keep you posted as we move forward.


Staff Meeting - our response to the virus:  At our staff meeting on Saturday 6th June we will be discussing our response to the current situation so far and how we may be able to progress towards an eventual re-opening for public worship. This will be a gradual and staged process. We will be asking for your views on this topic in the not too distant future.

Favourite Hymns.

One of my favourites is "I the Lord of Sea and Sky."

Let me know yours and we'll compile a Top Ten!

                                    Paul & Lorraine's is "Dear Lord and father of mankind"

                                    Geraldine Malin agrees with them and Martin Malin votes for "Be Thou My Vision".

                                         Good choices everyone - let us know yours!


Be Thou my vision     is one of the most popular hymns so far. The words are believed to be based upon words written by St. Patrick.  They have even formed part of the repertoire of Van Morrison. Here's a taster:


Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.


COLLECTIONS & GIVING.                              While our churches are closed and we are unable to worship together the bills for our churches continue to come in so please do consider how you can continue to give each week. If you give by direct debit that need not change.

Please also consider contacting your bank and giving by direct debit - this would be a tremendous help and ensure we have greater regular income. Please ask for help to do this if you need it and I can supply forms to complete for your bank. Alternatively you could send cheques to me and I will pass them on to your treasurer.

If you prefer to give by envelope please place what you can each week into the envelope and bring it along when we return to church. If you give by placing your offering in the plate then please put what you can in an envelope and bring it along when we return to church or alternatively send  a cheque to me and I will pass it

on.                         We do of course understand that if you are unable to work at the moment that you may need to reduce what you give.                   Clive.


Dementia Awareness.           We are really concerned for those people who do not have access to modern technology. Margaret wishes to encourage new members and supporters to join the group

How to join;       If you are interested in becoming a member or supporter should contact Margaret Tatham on:watchetdementia@gmail.com  or  07973638030


St. Decuman's Tower Lighting Dedications.

Monday 1st        For our Mum's Angela & Win on their birthdays.

                                 We love you both very much – Martyn & Sara Summers.

                                For our eldest Grandson James on his birthday, Alan & Ellie  

                                 For the 35th (Coral) Wedding Anniversary of David & Joanne Knight

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd     To continue the dedications of Monday 1st

 Thursday 4th     Thank you to the Watchet Community Help Line for their wonderful help & support

                             Tanya & Peter (Ritchie)

Friday 5th         and 'Thank You' to the kindness of neighbours, Tanya & Peter (Ritchie)

Saturday 6th     Remembering Jen forever in our thought, love Mum & Barb

Sunday 7th       Remembering a Dad & Grandad (Howard Norman) on  his birthday - Glenys and family

FOODBANK:  Especially needed :     Rice, pasta sauce, coffee & tins of potatoes, carrots, kidney beans, hot meats, cold meats, spaghetti, fruit.


CONGRATULATIONS to Julie Pelling on being accepted on to the course  for Pioneer Ministry


Join Zoom Meeting Agape 10.30 Sunday


Meeting ID: 879 2531 8473

Password: 160393

Morning Prayer:  Jun 1, 2020 09:30 AM


Meeting ID: 873 6389 6082

Password: 789847

Compline               Jun 3, 2020 07:00 PM


Meeting ID: 856 2391 1918

Password: 885578


Social distancing is  very important in Watchet & Williton


There are people being treated for Covid 19 in Musgrove Hospital - please don't make the mistake of thinking that the guidelines don't apply to you.


Please praythat God will bring healing and encouragement in body, mind and Spirit to those suffering from ill-health, depression, frailty or who are concerned about this challenging time:

We take Safeguardingvery 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

Kathryn:         01984 633568 /Kathryn.flenley@btinternet.com

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com