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Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 5th July 2020.


‘God, our Ruler and Guide’

Some choices in life are straightforward, others more difficult. In life’s journey, those who put their trust in God find – in the words of today’s Collect – that God is ‘our ruler and guide’, who helps us pass through ‘things temporal’ (this world) while holding on to the ‘things eternal’ (faith, hope and love – in Christ).





O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong,

nothing is holy increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord  Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.


Lord of all life and love,
Walk with us throughout our pilgrimage on earth,
teaching us dailyhow to bless others through service,
how to find strength in weakness,
how to experience growth by letting go,for your name’s sake.    Amen


Do you know that terrible feeling when you have stubbed a toe or banged your "Funny bone", when the shock flashes through your whole body and you immediately feel sick? It is literally a shocking experience.

In a not disimilar way a feeling of shock and pain runs through us when we see a member of our family hurting and in pain.

These thoughts have all been on my mind this week and as some of you will know  I have been trying to unpack the image of the church as "One Body".

Our housegroup began to share thoughts on this via e-mail last night. I think that most people agree that the church is not a building but that it is a body of people.

This image appealed to me as it pictures the church as the body of Christ.

Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 12 make it clear amongst other things that he views the church as the body of Christ and he suggests that we are each a part of it. When I become aware of  a member of the church who is hurting or who has hurt another member I feel the shock in the same way I feel the pain when I stub my toe and I am sure many of you  do too. Paul's words on the body  introduce the following chapter with these words: " And now I am going to put before you the best way of all" and to me his words that follow are his greatest words in which he talks of the importance of love. If we all acted in a loving way towards all members of our church then much of the pain that churches sometimes feel would be greatly reduced. Paul also emphasizes the importance of unity within the body, the fact that when it operates as one body the church does so in a unified manner, knowing that each has a part to play in keeping the body healthy. This surely is what we all want for our church and our community at this time.

yours as one part of the Body,            Clive.


IMPORTANT NEWS:     It is great that we now have our parish churches open from 10.00am until 12 noon on Sundays and Wednesdays.

We are now working hard and ploughing through reams of guidelines to make it possible to hold services on Sunday mornings.

The standing committees have taken the decision to recommend to our PCCs that we hold services of Evening Prayer at 4.00 pm. on Sundays 19th & 26th July and hold the first communion services in both parish churches from  August 2nd at 9.15 am. followed by our "Zoomed Agape at 10.30 am. Part of the reason for starting on August 2nd is to allow people who are shielding to make choices about worship like the rest of us. Details will follow in the News Sheet produced on Wednesday 15th July. We still need to discuss services at Holy Cross and will let you know  about that as soon as possible.

We will all need to accept differences in our worship, which need to be made to make worship safe for everyone and prevent the virus from spreading further. Please pray for those of us involved in making these decisions and please return your form about returning to church to help us in our planning,            

Clive & Kathryn.


Today's Worship & Reading:                 1 Corinthians 12.12 -31 &  Matt 11.16-19 & 25- end


PRAYER           High and Holy God, robed in majesty. Lord of heaven and earth, we pray that you will bring justice, faith and salvation to all peoples. Especially we pray that as the world emerges into a new dawn its leaders and peoples may be humble enough to repent; brave enough to be part of your vision of love for all your world and wise enough to be led by your Holy Spirit

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.           from Rosie & Trampus' intercessions 2 weeks ago


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 during the course of the week.

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


We'd love to know how everybody is worshipping on Sundays.

Please let us know and we will publish a list which may help some of us to find another form of worship. I have heard of many that sound really good,           Clive.




This week.

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.  

Mon.   6th July       9.30 am.   Morning Prayer lead by Clergy or Reader - you can join them on "Zoom".

                               2.00 - 3.00 pm.     "Ruth's" study group - details below.

Tues.   7th       9.30 am.          Clive celebrates The Eucharist for Williton

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

Wed.   8th       Kathryn celebrates The Eucharist for Watchet

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


A Thought from Geraldine Malin

As we were having a time of silent prayer during our lovely Morning Prayer “virtual” meeting on Monday morning I happened to look out of the window at the sky and the sea.

It reminded me of a classic book – “Zoom with a View”!

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" as do Simon              & Sue

                        Shirley Harrington votes for "All my hope on God is founded."

                        Kathryn for "Love Divine"

                        Janet Bremner'sthoughts: "Be thou my Vision" is a truly lovely hymn.. I also find                                      "In Christ Alone" very moving ... I also love "Jerusalem" and  "I vow to thee my country" 

                        and from Shirley Dee: "Be still for the presence of the Lord-Tell out my soul and To God be the                         glory."

                        Edna Sully also votes for Be Thou My Vision and in particular for, "Thine be the Glory!"

                        Bev votes for "Breathe on me Breath of God." "go forth and tell" & "O church of God awake"

                        Trudy for: "Here I am Lord."

                        From Bev:        And can it be

                        O Lord, all the world belongs to you.

                        New every morning is the love "

                        God of Mercy God of Grace

                        and Jenny Hill's is Abide With Me.

Good choices everyone - let us know yours!

Standing Committee Meetings:          At this week's meeting we will be discussing our plans for returning to public worship.

As you know we have opened our doors for private prayer on Sunday and Wednesdays and we can only continue with these openings if we have volunteers to help make it happen.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to clean the church when we return to Sunday Worship. Volunteers may need to be below the age of 70 although these guidelines may be updated soon. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to help and in so doing make it possible for us to open the churches. Standing committee will also consider the possibilities of using the churches for small family funerals, and other steps we need to take as we move forward to a new normal.


This is my mum's wartime recipe for boiled fruit cake although I always cheat and add an egg or two!:


1/2 pint strained tea                                                                                                   

3oz fat

3oz sugar

3-6oz dried fruit

10 oz self raising flour

1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1 level teaspoon of mixed spice.

Boil the liquid, fat, sugar & fruit together in a pan for 2 or 3 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly

Meanwhile sieve together dry ingredients.

Add liquid and beat thoroughly.

Pour into a greased & floured 8" cake tin.

Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 1 hour

                                                                                    ( Yes I know the Vicar still uses feet and inches!!)


The Forget Me Not cafe for people living with dementia (with their friends and Carers)  is now open via Zoom.  We have two requests- firstly we would be grateful if you know anyone who would benefit from joining us and can use Zoom, please let them know about us.
Secondly we need speakers. If you or anyone you know is a Zoom user with an

interesting hobby, please put them in touch with me. We meet at 4pm on Saturday

afternoons. Tea and cake are essential parts of the meeting!  07973638030 or watchetdementia@gmail.com.                     Margaret Tatham




TOP TEN ITEMS REQUIRED  Part baked Bread  Sweet Biscuits  Savoury Biscuits  Jams and Spreads TINS: Potatoes  Sweetcorn            Hot Meats           Cold Meats           Snack Meals   (not beans or fish)

email:quantockfoodbank@gmail.com  tel: 07483 81512


YOU MUST WATCH THIS:      https://youtu.be/_RxyQ4pLjvg 

            which is an inspiring video from Marlene Mason. Why not watch it and get involved?!

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



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.


UNDER THE RAINBOW  A message from Simon & Catherine.

This is just to let you know that Under the rainbow will be reopening on Monday June 15th. Open everyday except Wednesday and Sunday. We will though continue to take telephone orders and make free deliveries to all those continuing to shield or maintaining greater social distancing.   

We would be really grateful if you could also let your congregation and others contacts know this.  If you have more questions or would like to arrange any deliveries please contact Simon on 709410.  

God bless you.  Looking forward to seeing you in the near future    Many Thanks      Simon and Catherine


St. Decuman's Tower Lighting Dedications.

Wed. 1st                        Memories of Terry Snell a loved Dad & Grandad - Joanne, David, Callum                          & Warren

Mon. 6th- Thurs. 9th           May the Light Shine over our families & friends and all who live in our                             Town   -    Tom

Williton Window can be found at:    https://sites.google.com/site/willitonwindow/home


The Book of Ruth, a story for our time: 4 sessions exploring this beautiful story

Week 1: Disaster and choices                    Read Ruth 1:1-18; John 15:15-17

Disasters are part of our human history; during dark and tragic episodes courage and perseverance can allow hope to shine through as in the story of Ruth and Naomi. The background is of a famine ripping through the land of Judea. Bethlehem ‘the house of bread’ and the home of Naomi and her husband is no less affected, resulting in them seeking a new life in Moab on the other side of the Jordan river. Despite her husband’s untimely death, Naomi makes her home there and her two sons marry local girls. However, a cruel set of circumstances leads to the deaths of her sons. There are no grandchildren and Naomi is left destitute. Naomi feels that the Lord has dealt her a harsh blow.

On hearing that the famine is over, Naomi has a choice to make; to remain in Moab where, as a foreign unsupported widow, she would be the bottom of the heap or to return home. She chooses the latter. However, her daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, choose to come with her. Her response to them shows the affection she has for them and they for her (Ruth 1:8-9). Orpah turns back yet Ruth stays. Why? In the ten years Ruth has been part of Naomi’s family she has learnt much about the God of Israel through Naomi’s faith in good times and bad. Ruth has been changed by the encounter (Ruth 1:16-17); the choice she makes has unforeseen consequences.

Questions to ponder

·         Have you ever been inclined to feel that God has dealt harshly with you or a member of your family

·         In Biblical times, unsupported widows were people at the bottom of society. Who has taken their place in our society

·         Are there instances during this pandemic where you think faith in action will have had an impact on society – what impact have they had

·         Have you ever made a choice that has had unforeseen consequences

·         Jesus says, ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you.’ Do you consider yourself chosen and if so what have been the consequences


 Lord, when it’s difficult to see what lies ahead, remind me that my future is in your hands.

When all that was familiar is swept away, remind me that I can always trust in your love for me.

You have chosen me; help me to choose to follow you in the choices I make. Amen

There are 4 ways to join in with this study of Ruth

·         As a personal study

·         Share your thoughts on the phone with me and/or others (Kathryn: 01984 633568)

·         Email your responses to the questions (Kathryn.flenley@btinternet.com)

·         Join in with a Zoom discussion on Monday July 6th  from 2.00 – 3.00pm

Topic: RUTH, a story for our time


Meeting ID: 856 9181 5443

Password: 158812




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Agape Service

Topic: Agape

Time: Jul 5, 2020 10:30 AM London

        Every week on Sun, until Aug 30, 2020, 9 occurrence(s)

        Jul 5, 2020 10:30 AM

        Jul 12, 2020 10:30 AM

        Jul 19, 2020 10:30 AM

        Jul 26, 2020 10:30 AM

        Aug 2, 2020 10:30 AM

        Aug 9, 2020 10:30 AM

        Aug 16, 2020 10:30 AM

        Aug 23, 2020 10:30 AM

        Aug 30, 2020 10:30 AM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZ0rc-2vrT0tHN0gaSv4k06kEb6nSC_Xq6KL/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGhqD8uHdeTtx-ORpx5BI-gLO3ztiFago0Nmx7WFXRYMlX9E-AUPIFcL-DB

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 896 4473 6769

Password: 201079

Morning Prayer:               Mon  2020 09:30 AM       Passwords will be sent in a day or two


Compline            Wed, 2020 07:00 PM


Meeting ID: 856 2391 1918

Password: 885578


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Please complete and return to me, Thank you,      Clive



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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

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