-Watchet & Williton Benefice -

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 18th October 2020.

St. Luke the Evangelist.

‘The Kingdom of God has come near to you'

Luke`s narrative of the life of Christ has a pictorial quality and shows the sequential pattern from the Nativity through to the death and resurrection. Luke makes clear that the good news of salvation is for all, regardless of gender, social position or nationality. Traditionally, Luke wrote his gospel in Greece and died in Boetia at the age of 84.


Almighty God, you called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul; by the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel, give your church the same love and power to heal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever Amen.


Ben and I love walking in the Quantocks and we are so very fortunate that our Lane leads up to Staple Plain. Before his stroke last year, we used to walk up to the Beacon from our house. Now we take the car to the car park. The walk is just as lovely although now at a much slower pace and I know how frustrating this is for someone who used to leave me standing!

A few days ago we made the trek, walking up the right-hand path, and as I was waiting for Ben to catch up I looked over to the hills above Stogumber. The light made all the different shades of green glow with such vibrancy –a breath taking moment. As Ben paused for breath I wondered out loud what we would see today. You see, over the past few weeks, wherever we’ve walked we’ve seen something spectacular. Out on the Somerset Levels we were spellbound by 2 kingfishers zooming just above the water and, perching on a twig or branch, looking out for small fish and in a flash of brilliant blue, darting down and flying up again, prey firmly lodged in their beaks. A few days later, having parked above West Bagborough, we heard and then saw 4 Dartford Warblers in one of their few haunts in the UK. I grew up near Dartford and never once saw one! So back to our walk on Staple Plain. Ben, always one to be alert to what is going on around him  (he puts that down to years in the Territorial Army) suddenly stopped and said, ‘look over there.’ An antlered head peeked up on the horizon and then, as the full body of a stag emerged, we saw it bound across the heather and right across our path. 

It’s these small, seemingly insignificant events, that raise the spirits.  ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,  or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?’ Matthew 6:25-26 Now that’s breath-taking!


Please pray for Roy Binding from St. Decuman's who is seriously ill and in hospital.

Sylvia is grateful for our prayers but please respect her wishes and do not ring her.


Today's Worship & Reading:

Luke the Evangelist.           Gospel Reading: Luke 10.1-9

9.15 am     Parish Communion at St. Decuman's Church.

[please note that from 1st November the service at St. Decuman`s will be at 10.30 am.]

                 9.15 am.    Parish Communion at St. Peter's Church.     

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

For passwords see below

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

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          833 1302 6866#


Then when asked:       #          Then when asked, the password:        116208#      - and you should get through !


I assume that the meeting numbers and passwords for Morning Prayer and Compline could be used in the same way.       All blessings,   Andrew


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


Developing our Pattern of Worship   ( from November 1st )


We are developing our pattern of worship in order to increase the number of opportunities to worship together during the week and in order to prepare for a manageable pattern of worship during next year`s interregnum. ( This is all subject to any changes due to Corona Virus.)


Every Sunday;

9.15 am.          Communion at St. Peter's.

10. 30 am.       Communion at St. Decuman's.

11.00 am.        Agape Service via Zoom.



9.15 am.          Morning Prayer at Holy Cross Chapel.



7.00 pm.          Compline via Zoom.


At St. Peter's a once monthly Communion on a Wednesday morning at 10.30 am.

At Holy Cross a once monthly Communion on a Wednesday morning at 9.45 am.


At Holy Cross a once monthly Communion on a Sunday morning at 8.00 am.

At St Peter's a once monthly Communion on a Sunday morning at 8.00 am. ( Book of Common Prayer )


A prayer of Spiritual communion:

In union, O Dear Lord, with the faithful at every Altar of Your Church,
where Your blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,
I desire to offer You praise and thanksgiving. I present to You my soul and body,
with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to You.
And since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, I beseech You to come spiritually into my heart.
I unite myself to You, and embrace You with all the affections of my soul.
O let nothing ever separate me from You.
Let me live and die in Your love.                                Amen.

We all realise that, whilst Covid-19 is an ever-present risk, what we have been used to regard as normal is no longer relevant. Therefore our Zoom services are part of what is now normality, as is the way we celebrate the Eucharist, remaining in our seats (standing, sitting or kneeling) as we receive the wafer or a blessing.


Please sit where you are asked to sit to avoid additional risk to others. There will be a day when you can decide where to sit again but we are not there yet.


If you would prefer not to receive communion but would like a blessing please hold the service sheet in your hands as a sign to the minister distributing communion.                  Clive & Kathryn.


This week.

Sunday 18th Oct :            9.15 am.      Parish Communion at St. Decuman's

                                        9.15 am.      Parish Communion at St. Peter's

                                       11.00 am.    Agape Service in our homes via Zoom

Monday 19th :                 9.15 am.      Morning Prayer - At Holy Cross - limited to 7 people.

Wednesday 21st :           PM.               St. Peter's School Harvest streamed from church.

                                       7.00 pm.       St Peter's APCM in church with masks and social distancing.                                           7.00 pm         Compline - join us on Zoom.   (for codes and passwords see below)

Sunday 25th:                 9.15 am.        St. Decuman's APCM at the end of Parish Communion   -   with masks                                                  and social distancing approx.  9.50 am. 


 Dates for your diary:


Sat. 17th Oct.              9.30 am.          Staff Meeting via Zoom

Wed. 21st. Oct.          7.00 pm.          St. Peter's APCM in church.

Sun. 25th Oct.                        9.50. am.         St. Decuman's APCM  after Parish Communion.




Both parishes need PCC members, Deanery Synod representatives and an additional Safeguarding Officer at this time.

Please consider helping your parish through this challenging time and get involved, in order that we can continue to serve our congregations and our communities.

Please let me know if you would like to join YOUR PCC.                        Clive.


For your prayers from the Diocesan Prayer Calendar:
Sunday, 18 October – Luke the Evangelist

As the church celebrates St Luke, we continue to pray for those working in the NHS. Also for care givers who are at home or in other contexts, may God bring them energy, patience and a loving spirit.

Monday, 19 October

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. May we always recognize your power-filled presence.

Tuesday, 20 October

Today we pray for all the pupil chaplains in the diocese. We praise God for their commitment to helping and supporting their peers.

Wednesday, 21 October

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Thursday, 22 October

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

Friday, 23 October

Today we pray for all those who have not been able to return to work post lockdown. May God bring them comfort and clarity for the future.

Saturday, 24 October

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.


Traidcraft is still going, but there won't be a stall at either church at the moment.

Please let me know if you'd like me to order anything. WE HAVE SOME LOVELY CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES FOR YOU TO BROWSE THROUGH!!

 (I still have sugar, strawberry jam and soap).           Anne.


Volunteers needed for St Decuman’s Well


The Well and garden belong to the Church and are maintained as a place of peace where the people of Watchet may visit, reflect and enjoy quiet meditation. We want to keep it beautiful as it has been for many years under the care of Tony Knight and Robin Williams, assisted by various volunteers. They are now stepping down and a new team needs to take over.

We plan to organise working parties each season. We want to make keeping it beautiful something we all do together. We will plan a couple of work sessions soon to do some tidying up, pruning and weeding. You don’t need any gardening expertise, as Sarah Lander will oversee the tasks, but expertise and ideas will be very welcome!


Email Sam Westmacott to put your name on the list, so that you will be contacted when we arrange work sessions. The Well Garden Parties will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We will provide hot chocolate or coffee, and cake, but bring your own mug. It’s always more fun tackling big jobs as a group! (No more than six at a time, of course.)


Sam Westmacott

samewestmacott@gmail.com 07970 152152                        Sarah Lander sclarkelander@gmail.com 07765 881229


HYMNS: Tell us your favourite and why it’s so important to you.

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

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

"Dear Lord and father of mankind", "Be Thou My Vision",  "All my hope on God is founded." "Love Divine",

"Be thou my Vision", "In Christ Alone", "Jerusalem", "I vow to thee my country", "Be still for the presence of the Lord”, “Tell out my soul",  “To God be the glory." , "Thine be the Glory!", "Breathe on me Breath of God." "Go forth and tell", "O church of God awake", "Here I am Lord", "And can it be", "O Lord, all the world belongs to you.", "New every morning is the love ", "God of Mercy God of Grace", "Abide With Me", " How Great Thou Art",  " I the Lord of Sea and Sky",  "We are conquerors",  "Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire". "Take my life and let it be" ," Make me a channel of your peace." "Just as I am". "Peace perfect Peace." "All mortal flesh keep silence." "One more step along the world I go".


Good choices everyone - keep them coming!


Make me a channel of your peace.

                                                            Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.

                                                            Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;

                                                            And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

                                                            O, Master, grant that I may never seek

                                                            So much to be consoled as to console,

                                                            To be understood as to understand,

                                                            To be loved as to love with all my soul.

What a beautiful hymn and what a beautiful prayer for us all,   Clive

QUANTOCK FOOD BANKemail:quantockfoodbank@gmail.com  tel: 07483 815122

STOP PRESS: The Foodbank is now open Monday-Thursday 9.30-12.30 for donations. Thankyou The TOP FIVE items needed are:

Part baked bread, savoury snacks,Custard - packets or tins, cold meats, chicken soup only.            THANK YOU you have helped us feed 5,500 people.


STOP PRESS.       I have just had a conversation with Marlene who tells me that she hopes to put Meaningful Chocolate Advent Calendars in food bags over the Christmas period and would be delighted to receive these or a donation to the Foodbank towards their cost. Each calendar contains a copy of the Christmas story.

Money raised from this year’s calendar will help The Funzi and Bodo Trust provide mums and babies from poor African villages with care: clinics for pregnant mums, birthing rooms, baby growth and malnutrition clinics.                           Clive.


COLLECTIONS & GIVING. As we find our way forward into a new normal 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


Both Parish Churches are open for private prayer from 11.00 am - 5.00pm Sunday & Wednesday



Good Afternoon

 I am pleased to advise that NatWest Mobile Bank have returned and will be available for business every Tuesday from 2.15pm – 2.45pm, parked outside the Parish Office.

Please could you pass this information around.


Kind regards                Michelle          Michelle Francis (Mrs)           Clerk, Williton Parish Council



A Thought for any day:   Don't walk in front of me.....I may not follow. Don't walk behind me...I may not lead. Walk beside me...just be my friend.                         Albert Camus

Clergy, Readers and Wardens will be discussing how we can continue to support each other through these difficult times as friends in Christ at our staff meeting on Saturday.               Clive





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Zoom Codes:

Agape Service

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Time:  Oct 18, 2020 11:00 AM

        Oct 25, 2020 11:00 AM

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Hi All

As you will be aware, we are continuing to see an ongoing rise in positive Covid-19 cases across the county with the seven day rate per 100,000 increasing in our districts.  West Somerset’s infection rate is currently one of the highest in the county - 44.5 at the time of writing.  We need businesses, schools and communities to take action to help control the spread of the virus.  Case levels in particular are higher in Minehead, but this is obviously a centre of population in West Somerset,                      Izzy Silvester               Village Agent





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         We need someone to replace Anne as a Safeguarding Officer.


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

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

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com