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The Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 29th. November 2020.


 ‘Put on the armour of light’

A new Church Year begins today.  The four weeks of Advent (Latin adventus – coming) are about the coming of God’s Kingdom. It is a season of hope in which we look forward to ‘the last day when Christ shall come again’ to establish that Kingdom on earth. We also look back to those who have figured in the unfolding story of God’s coming to rule his people in justice and peace. 





Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;  

through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one                                                 God, now and for ever.                                           Amen.


            Some of you know how much I love the works of C.S. Lewis and particularly his Narnia series. I am reminded of them as we begin to look forward to the light that Christmas can bring into our lives if we allow it to. Surely this year the world needs that light more than at any other time. In her delightful book, "Advent in Narnia", Heidi Haverkamp reflects on the scene depicted in this picture. Lucy having walked through the wardrobe is so curious about the light she sees in the distance that she spends ten minutes walking to reach it. "This lamppost is a living thing. No one lights it, no one extinguishes it, and it burns without fuel. The White Witch's winter hasn't snuffed it out.    Neither has the winter of this pandemic snuffed out that light that we remember coming into the world at this time. " It (the lamppost) is a boundary, but also a promise that Aslan  can make broken things new and alive. It is a beacon in the face of the dark, cold spell that lies on the land.     An advent wreath and Christmas lights shine with the same kind of light. Jesus is the Light of the World, shining in a darkness of despair and sin, and death."

He shines in the darkness of the corona virus, and with the help of his light the world is coming through the darkness, and with the help of his light is finding better ways to control the virus and developing vaccines to prevent it.

More light broke through the darkness for many of us when we learnt on Monday that we can return to public worship on 6th December. We can welcome all to join us as we celebrate Advent and light advent wreaths in our churches. I hope that you will feel able to join us as we worship in church but if you are not ready for that yet, how about lighting you own advent wreath at the time we will be worshipping in church, and praying the Collect for each Sunday of Advent?! Some of you have had candles in your windows for a while - some people have put up their Christmas decorations early this year - decorations that have always included light - in an attempt to bring more light into this time. I am tempted to join them!                     Clive

( the extracts in italics were taken from "Advent in Narnia" by Heidi Haverkamp and published  by Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.)


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.

Candles were lit for Alex,  Louise, Ed, Jenny, Tony,  Louise, Toby, Peter, Milly, Laura, Pierre, Roy & Sylvia  at our Agape Service on Sunday - please pray for them.


Roy Binding has been discharged from hospital and is now living at The Rosary Care home. Please pray for Roy, Sylvia, Gemma and their family.


THROUGH THESE DOORS: Praise the Lord!! We can again worship Him in our churches from Sunday 6th December.


Today's Worship & Reading:


With the church doors locked to public worship again Kathryn and I will be saying communion on behalf of the parishes on Wednesday and Sunday mornings.


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

                                    Reading:       Gospel Mark 13.24-end.        


Joining ZOOM by telephone:


The instructions for Sunday morning are : Dial      0203 901 7895 or  0203 481 5257

When asked, dial the meeting number          835 8020 9033

Then when asked, the password:        008842     - and you should get through !



Bishop Ruth will join us to confirm Eliza Pelling at 10.30 am on Sunday 13th December at St. Peter's Church. We would love as many people as possible to come and support Eliza. Please book a place in church as numbers will need be limited. Please ring Clive from 10.00 am. Monday 30th November, places cannot be booked by e-mail.


This week.


Sunday 29th Nov.          11.00 am.      Agape Service in our homes via Zoom. Led by Clive.

Monday 30th :                 9.30  am.     Morning Prayer - Via Zoom: Led by Kathryn.

                                                            Funeral of Pat Gregory at Taunton Crematorium

Wednesday 2nd Dec :   7.00 pm         Compline - join us on Zoom: Led by Bev.


Dates for your diary:

Advanced notice for:

Sunday 13th Dec.        8.00 am.          Holy Communion at Holy Cross Chapel. Places are limited, please phone                                                             Clive to  book a seat from 10.00 am. Monday 30th November.

                                    8.00 am.          Book of Common Prayer  Communion at St. Peter's Church.

                                    10.30 am.        Confirmation of Eliza Pelling at St. Peter's Church.  You will need to book                                                   a place in church. Please phone Clive from 10.00 am. Monday 30th                                                             November.

Sunday 20th Dec.        4.00 pm.          Carols by Firelight outside St. Decuman's Church - wear wellies and bring                                                    an umbrella and a torch

                                    4.00 pm.          Carols by Firelight outside St. Peter's Church - wear wellies and bring                                                             an umbrella and a torch

Christmas Eve             4.00 pm.          Open Air Crib Service outside St. Decuman's Church - wear wellies and                                                             bring an umbrella and a torch.

                                    4.00 pm.          Open Air Crib Service outside St. Peter's Church - wear wellies and                                                             bring an umbrella and a torch.

                                    9.00 pm.          *Short, Early Midnight Communion at St. Decuman's Church

                                    11.00 pm.        *Short, Slightly later Midnight Communion at St. Decuman's Church

                                                9.00 pm.          *Short, Early Midnight Communion at St. Peter's Church

                                    11.00 pm.        *Short, Slightly later Midnight Communion at St. Peter's Church

Christmas Day                        10.00 am.        *Christmas Service at St. Decuman's

                                    10.00 am.        *Christmas Service at St. Peter's

                                    11.00 am.        *Christmas Agape Service via Zoom.

                                    *          Please note that these services will be subject to whatever Corona Virus                                                 regulations exist at the time and you may need to book a place - more on this                                          in the next few weeks.

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.


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

from  Marlene's  Newsletter:

At the time of writing, during the second lockdown, we are busy sending out parcels to vulnerable families who each receive two bags of food, and a bag of fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs. Our latest project ‘Eat Well to Keep Well’ supplies nutrient-dense foods to help maintain immunity into the winter months, and all of this is possible thanks to the amazing generosity of people across the Quantock area. However, I must stress that we cannot receive donations of fresh produce as we have no ability to store these at the correct temperature and are, therefore, not allowed to do so but thanks to your financial donations we have a delivery of beautifully fresh produce from a local supplier every Tuesday. The churches in Watchet and Williton were happy to support our request that donations were made towards Fair Trade chocolate Advent calendars with the Christmas story instead of the usual harvest gifts, and these will be given to every child in our two first schools and their nurseries. Thanks to all in our churches, a substantial amount of donations towards these has been received and the calendars will light up local children’s lives during Advent. The Meaningful Chocolate Company also donate a proportion from sales to support clinics for pregnant and nursing mothers in Africa.  These ideas seem to have caught people’s attention this year and the response has been really positive; so we wished to acknowledge your much valued contribution to our work and these projects in particular. Many are now being severely affected by this crisis, their normal source of income drastically reduced or gone altogether, and they are in every village as well as our towns and cities. We and many other agencies are here to help them through this with the support of wonderful people like you! The sad fact is that we are reaching only a percentage of those who could do with some extra help, as many are much too proud to ask and just struggle on. Occasionally, as with a family last week, someone happened to ask them how they were and referred them to us for much needed support. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your faithful giving and the incredible lengths that some of you have gone to in raising funds for us. With our appreciation and kind regards. 


Groups of SIX:   Just to be clear about this idea:


This is a time for us all to rediscover church as small groups of people who support one another, through forming groups for pastoral care. We MUST now do this by telephone or e-mail or via the internet (if your whole group have access)  We must ensure that all members of the group feel safe and comfortable with the choice.

Everyone needs support and a listening ear in challenging times.

We hope that by the end of next week that you will all know which group you are in.        Clive & Kathryn



Thank you everyone for your continued , thoughtful and generous support of our parishes during these difficult times, Clive & Kathryn.



 tel: 0800 804 8044


Let your little light shine!

 This Advent we have the opportunity to brighten the lives of those who will be finding life particularly difficult over the next few weeks and months. Here are three ways you might like to consider:


Thanks to Sam Searle, children and young people will benefit from NEW toys and games donated in the boxes to be found in Somerset Farm House Butchers in Williton; Wilkie, May and Tuckwood Estate Agents and Chives Café in Watchet. Such a wonderful way of supporting local families.


How about using the Reverse Advent idea and instead of, or as well as,  opening an Advent calendar window each day, put a grocery item in a box every day in Advent. Then, after Christmas, take your box to the Foodbank at Watchet.


 During this time of Pandemic, Arc has continued to provide a home and support network for those who have found themselves homeless in the Taunton area. Their aim over Christmas is to provide this local homeless community with shoeboxes of essential items. By donating £10 you can sponsor a shoebox. You can donate via the website: www.arcinspire.co.uk/donate or by sending a cheque made out to ‘Arc’ to

                                                7, The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4EA.             Thank you,       Kathryn



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.

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 then please let me know,         Clive

            Of course the greatest good news is to be found in this publication!!!!




GOOD NEWS from ISAIAH:        "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion,"Your God reigns."



(In my body I have)

1.Two Lids


2.Two caps


3.Two musical instruments


4.Two well established measures


5.Two students


6.Two fish


7.Two tropical trees


8.Two stately buildings of faith


9.A number of fast animals


10.Two weapons of war


11.An artist’s implement


12.A silver coin


13.A large box


14.Unnecessary expense


15.What a doctor does


16.Australian trees


17.The original fruit of temptation


18.Shell fish


19.A large vegetable


20.Two young animals



On the first Friday in March 2021 , it will be the World Day of Prayer ( I know it seems a long way off...).  It will be St Peter`s turn to host the service, and we are looking for a group of people to help make it happen.  Please let me know if you`d like to be involved. Thanks.                   Anne Gilbert 




Ding Dong Merrily on High!

Churches Together in Watchet and Williton are joining forces with Williton Christmas in order that the Festive Season can be well and truly celebrated in song. Yes, we can sing carols together!! Williton Christmas is taking place this year on Saturday 12th December when Father Christmas will depart from St Peter’s Church at 4.00, arriving by pony and trap at the car park outside Croft House at 4.15. He will then tour the streets of Williton finishing at the Pavillion. Here there will be carol singing and refreshments. If you would like to join in then please let me know as soon as possible. The timings are these:

Outside Croft House at 4.15pm

Outside the Pavillion (under the canopy) at 7.00pm

Please don’t feel obliged to sing at both venues, just let me know which group you would like to join – of course if you wish to sing at both then feel free!

All Covid guidelines will be observed,                        Kathryn.


Zoom Codes:


Agape Service

Time: 2020 11:00 AM London

        Nov 29, 2020 11:00 AM

        Dec 6, 2020 11:00 AM

        Dec 13, 2020 11:00 AM

        Dec 20, 2020 11:00 AM

        Dec 27, 2020 11:00 AM

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Meeting ID: 835 8020 9033     Passcode: 008842

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Compline:     Wednesdays,  2020 07.00 pm.

        Every week on Wed, until Dec 23, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)

        Dec 2, 2020 07:00 PM

        Dec 9, 2020 07:00 PM

        Dec 16, 2020 07:00 PM

        Dec 23, 2020 07:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 844 0027 7439

Passcode: 537713

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Morning Prayer - Mondays at 9.30 am.

        Nov 30, 2020 09:30 AM

        Dec 7, 2020 09:30 AM

        Dec 14, 2020 09:30 AM

        Dec 21, 2020 09:30 AM

Meeting ID: 840 8665 2287

Passcode: 402990

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                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

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

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com 

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