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The Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 20th September 2020.

THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

‘Fervent in the fellowship of the Gospel’

The ‘fellowship of the Gospel’ to which the Collect refers, is a phrase taken from St Paul’s letter to the Philippians (1:5) in which he applauds the way they have shared in the great mission to proclaim everywhere the gospel (good news) of salvation in Christ. Today we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to equip God’s people for this mission, making them ‘fervent’ in faith and love.

 

 

 


Collect

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;  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.

 

Ready to Go?

Ready to Go?

Enough’s been done?

That is not so-

It’s just begun!

Ready to stop?

Energy’s fine!

My hope’s not dropped-

Excitement’s mine!

New joys in store:

Trust and explore!

Yes, I am retiring, and that means that all of us have the opportunity to reassess where we are and where we are heading. Ben and I will be heading off to West Sussex in the New Year – where will you be heading? I think the answer to that is definitely in God’s hands. When I was composing this little Acrostic poem I thought it was about me but in fact it’s about all of us. There are so many possibilities for growth in this Benefice. The Pandemic has taught us that, when one door closes, many more open up. We read in the book of Jeremiah (a prophet usually thought of as a doom and gloom merchant) these words: ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jer 29:11)

What joys lie in store? Trusting in Christ’s words at the end of Matthew’s Gospel you and I are given the opportunity to explore what lies ahead with excitement and renewed energy. Known as the Great Commission Jesus says to his disciples, ‘And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.’ His promise is to be with us when we step out in faith, see what God is doing in our neighbourhood and join in!

Kathryn

One More Step Along the World We Go!

I am sure that most people will have heard by now that Kathryn is retiring at the end of December and that I will be retiring at the end of January - so for both of us and our families it is indeed another step along the road that we go!

There is never a right time or a good time to retire but both decisions have been made with a lot of prayer and thought.

There will be opportunities to say our farewells nearer the time but to me it's important to say that this is a new opportunity for the benefice to be involved in appointing new clergy and to help take the mission and ministry of this benefice forward into the 21st century. The benefice has never had a stronger team to enable this to happen - excellent wardens, readers  and  with Andrew Tatham a retired member of the clergy with a great deal of wisdom and experience.

Most importantly of all at the moment we can assure you that we are still here and will continue to give of our best for our congregations and communities until we finally leave the benefice.             yours in Christ,           Clive

 

Today's Worship & Reading:

 

Gospel Readings: Matthew 20.1-16  & Matthew 6.24  -  end  (BCP)

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

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

11.00 am.  AGAPE servicein 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.

 

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

 

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

 

 

This week.

Sat. 19th Sept.                 9.30 am.      Staff Meeting via Zoom.

Sunday 20th Sept. :         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 21st :                9.30 am.      Morning Prayer - join us on Zoom     (for codes and passwords see below)

Tues. 22nd. Sept.             7.00 pm.      St. Peter's PCC Meeting in church

Wednesday 23rd Sept. :   7.00 pm      Compline - join us on Zoom.   (for codes and passwords see below)

 

 Dates for your diary:

Sat. 19th Sept.             9.30 am.          Staff Meeting via Zoom.

Tues. 22nd. Sept.         7.00 pm.          St. Peter's PCC Meeting in church

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.             11.00 am.        St. Decuman's APCM in church after Parish                                                                                                             Communion.

 

We are rejoicing that once again we can worship together in church. Yes, we have to remember to use sanitising gel, masks and social distancing. The seating arrangements are to allow for us to adhere to the guidelines and a huge thankyou to our churchwardens for their gentle encouragement as we get used to being shown where to sit, how to leave and supplying our contact details. The timings of our services are under review and we would welcome any suggestions regarding these.

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.

A recent development is that choirs are now permitted to sing in church. However, we cannot as yet sing as a congregation. So small steps are being taken as we look to the future with hope.

 

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. You might like to use this prayer as well:

 

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.

 

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. (I still have sugar, strawberry jam and soap). I do have some catalogues too. Anne.

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!

We received this news from Bishop Peter on Tuesday: “I would like to thank everyone for your support and prayers for Jane and me and our family whilst I was in hospital.  I have now completed the first round of treatment and over the weekend I was able to come home for a few days.  This has given me the chance to read all the cards and emails and greetings which people have sent and it has been encouraging and uplifting to hear from so many people.  I am also deeply grateful for the wonderful treatment and care that I received in hospital.  The professionalism and kindness of the staff has been extraordinary and humbling.  The plan is for me to go back into hospital shortly, for a second course of chemotherapy.  The aim of this is to prepare me for stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant) later in the year.  The good news is that a good number of potential donors have already been identified and they are now undertaking tests to identify the best possible match.  Once again can I thank you for your prayers, messages of love and support.  They have meant so much to me and the family.  Be assured of my prayers for you.  May the Lord be with you in all things.  Bishop Peter”. 

 

Thank you so much to those who have volunteered to clean the places and surfaces that have been used after each service in both churches - it only takes a few minutes and helps your church wardens a great deal and enables us to have the churches open after worship. If you’d like to help, please see Clive, Kathryn or a church warden

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Zoom Codes:

Agape Service

Time: Sunday 2020 11:00 AM London

        Sep 20, 2020 11:00 AM

        Sep 27, 2020 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83313026866?pwd=

TGdJUVFSVVp0eGdEOElQeHJseU5nQT09

Meeting ID: 833 1302 6866

Passcode: 116208

Morning Prayer

Time: 09:30 AM London

        Sep 21, 2020 09:30 AM

        Sep 28, 2020 09:30 AM

        Oct 5, 2020 09:30 AM

        Oct 12, 2020 09:30 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84889596291?pwd=MVYxcTJuMWNvaDhWZmxDWitraldVQT09

Meeting ID: 848 8959 6291         Passcode: 317048

Compline

        Sep 23, 2020 07:00 PM

        Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM

        Oct 7, 2020 07:00 PM

        Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81986037591?pwd=NGhyZS9yU3dUWGxPVWlHUWJiK0pFdz09

Meeting ID: 819 8603 7591     Passcode:     879521

 

 

 

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 

 

 

DON'T FORGET last week was

YOUR LAST CHANCE TO RETURN THE FORM!

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

If you have not returned it this really is your last chance and we will not be able to send you this News sheet in October so you have 2.5 weeks left.

 

We have done our best to keep in touch with all of you throughout this testing time and wish to continue to do so. We now need to be sure that we comply fully with GDPR regulations.

Please can we ask you to complete and return this form to Clive by the end of August.

If you do not return the form then we will be required to remove your details from our records and will not be able to send you the News Sheet or anything else.

We are sorry if this sounds harsh but we have to comply with the legislation.

                Many thanks for your help with this and best wishes,

Clive & Kathryn

 

St. Decuman's, Watchet Parochial Church Council (the PCC), or

St. Peter's, Williton Parochial Church Council (the PCC) (as appropriate).

 

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. Every society/organisation must ensure they have members’ consent to have personal information stored on a database to allow contact. The PCC needs your written permission to hold your contact details in order to contact you with information about events and activities in the Parish and Benefice and to share this data with authorised members of our church communities. This includes contact by email, phone or letter.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Please complete this form, and send it to The Vicar as soon as possible, either by email or by post.

I am happy for the Parochial Church Council to hold the following contact details, to share my data with other members of the PCC and to use my data to contact me by

E-mail                    YES/NO                               Post                       YES/NO                Telephone          YES/NO

(Please delete as applicable.)

Please complete your details below :

Full name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Telephone Number: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

E-mail address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I understand that I can withdraw this consent at any time by writing to the PCC Secretary and that this data will be retained only for the period of my connection with the Parish of St Decuman’s, Watchet or St Peter’s, Williton.

Signature (an electronic signature is permissible): ...........................................................................

Date:...................................................................................................................................................

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