St Andrew’s, St Mary’s, & St Peter’s



Priest in Charge: Revd Dr Jenny Gaffin

Tel: 9307 0178 Email:

Associate Priest: Revd Deborah Curram

Tel: 9246 2379 Email:

Reader: Mrs Sue Moss

Tel: 9246 7277. Email:



This week:

Sunday 15th May – 5th Sunday of Easter

9.15am Holy Communion, St Peter’s

10.30am Informal worship with Communion, St Mary’s

11am Holy Communion, St Andrew’s

6.30pm Evensong, St Mary’s

Wednesday: 2pm: Holy Communion, St Andrew’s

Friday: 10am: First Steps Worship, St Mary’s

Items for the weekly sheet and website should be sent to the Parish Office at or

023 9307 0178.

The deadline for the weekly sheet is noon on Wednesday.

15th May 2022 – 5th Sunday of Easter

The Collect

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father, Amen.

Acts 11:1-18

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’

Revelation 21:1-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

John 13:31-35

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal God, whose son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever, Amen.

St Andrew’s, St Mary’s & St Peter’s Information

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 27 May to 4 June 2023 organised through McCabe Pilgrimages. If interested in more information please contact Reverend Canon Peter Hall

(Tel: 02392-210283 or

Regular Giving to the churches: Parish Giving Scheme. To sign up to give regularly to the churches go to , Click “Find your parish” and then enter the following where it says “Parish Name”:

For St Andrew’s: type “Eastoke St Andrew”

For St Mary’s: type “South Hayling St Mary”

For St Peter’s: type “North Hayling St Peter”

Foodbank – If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted via the vicarage. Non perishable food only please.

Traidcraft Stall – Jenny Owens continues to sell Traidcraft goods. If you’d like to purchase anything that’s usually available on the Traidcraft stall please phone her on 02392 465215 or email her on

Support The Church of St Mary, on Hayling Island by shopping at When you shop at, Amazon will donate to St Mary’s Church. Support us every time you shop. The link is below.

Sunday morning reflection, weekly sheet and hymns. If you wish to receive the above by email please contact the office –

Information and links for our online services can be found on our website –

Reflection – 15th May 2022 – Revd Deborah

Opening prayer:

Heavenly Father, you call us to live in ways that reflect the glory and beauty of your Son. We thank you that you love us eternally even as we are. May we come before you often in worship, resting in the healing light of your forgiveness. Amen

At the beginning of the Gospel reading, Judas had ‘gone out’, he had the left the room, his companions and all that Jesus had offered him. He had chosen to turn his back on the love of Christ, tempted by power and the voices of others. Through his betrayal and despite his closeness in proximity to Jesus he became a lost sheep.

Basically it comes down to choice and Judas had made his. And that is how it is for us. How we choose to live and respond to the temptations and voices around us is of our own volition.

Jesus call us and his disciples ‘little children.’ Like little children we may be tempted and too ready to insist that ‘everybody’ is doing this, or has this, or wants this, while others are trying to help us discern where truth and love are in the voices we hear. Sometimes the loudest voices are not always the ones to listen to.

The disciples in the Gospel are still young in their faith journey and have many challenges ahead. I came to faith as a child but I know it took some years before I could stand strong in that faith. I wavered as I listened to the voices of others and as I discerned where God was present.

I believe that while Judas followed his disastrous path which ended for him, according to Matthew, in self inflicted death through his guilt, that he was met by the loving and forgiving God of whom we teach. While he may have listened to the loud voices around him and regretted his decisions, he found I pray at his time of rest a God that loved him, offering forgiveness and peace.

Jesus asks us to love one another and to truly mean that.

Love one another, love our differences, our similarities, our gifts and our foibles. Look to how we can flourish as the body of Christ, to how we can demonstrate unity through compassion and communication out of love.

As we celebrate new disciples who step forward every day in our places of worship, so we can celebrate the flourishing of the commandment of welcome and love in this place.

Love one another my friends.

Closing prayer:

Eternal Father, in Christ you hold us securely within the circle of your enfolding love. Within the safety of your embrace, give us the courage that our vision may be renewed and our lives transformed by the beauty of your presence, Amen.

For our prayers:

The Bishop, Jonathan Frost.

Havant Deanery: St James, Emsworth

Churches Together: Hayling Baptists

Schools: St Alban’s School, West Leigh

Residential Care Homes: Bryony Lodge

The Sick:

Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Heidi, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Marshall, Molly, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Jay Saunders, Sally Joad, Karen West, Alan Barratt, Audrey Sambles

The recently departed:

Years Mind:

Joan Stokeley, Syd Brown, Mervyn Lanyon, Gladys Coates,

Leslie Harrison, Mollie Chrichton, Betty Targett, Paul Clothier

Readings for Sunday 22nd May, 6th Sunday of Easter:

Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 14:23-29

Easter 5 Hymns for 15th May email.


Stuart Townend My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness – YouTube

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Tune: Abbot’s Leigh – 4vv) [with lyrics for congregations] – YouTube

A New Commandment – St Mary’s Virtual Choir – YouTube

In Christ There Is No East Or West – YouTube

Dear friends

I hope this finds you well, and I hope you have been enjoying the splashes of colour that appear in our gardens and out in the fields at this time of year.  

Attached is the weekly sheet which includes Josie’s hymn choices, my reflection and lots of useful information including about the forthcoming plant sale at St Peter’s and of course the eagerly anticipated annual meetings.

Every blessing





Full name ________________________________________________________________________

Preferred title (if any) ______________________________________________________________

Full address ______________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________Postcode ____________

1: I declare that (please tick only one box from options A or B)


I am baptised, am a lay person, and am aged 16 or over


I am baptised, am a lay person, and become 16* on _____________

*Those who become 16 in the next twelve months may complete the form and become eligible to be entered on the roll on their sixteenth birthday.

2: I declare that (please tick only one box from options A, B or C)


I am a member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and am a resident in the parish.


I am a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with the Church of England, am not resident in the parish, [but have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months] [and would have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months but was prevented from doing so because ________________________.

Email Address (optional) ____________________________________________________________


I am a member in good standing of a Church which is not in communion with the Church of England but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, am also a member of the Church of England [and have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months] [and would have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months but was prevented from doing so because ________________________.

*If you tick 2B or 2C in circumstances where a new Roll is being prepared, you must delete either the first set of words in square brackets or the second set. If you delete the first set, you must complete the second set by filling in the space at the end. see Note 3 for further information.

I declare that the above answers are true and I apply for inclusion on the church electoral roll of the parish.

Signed: _____________________________________________ Date:_________


General matters

1   The only Churches at present in communion with the Church of England are other Anglican Churches and certain foreign Churches, as listed in the Supplementary Material to the Canons (but note Rule 83(3) of the Church Representation Rules, which provides for any question as to whether a particular Church is in communion with the Church of England to be decided by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York acting jointly).

2   Membership of the electoral roll is also open to members in good standing of a Church not in communion with the Church of England which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity where those members are also prepared to declare themselves to be members of the Church of England.

3   Every six years a new roll is prepared and those on the previous roll are informed so that they can reapply. If you are not resident in the parish but were on the roll as a habitual worshipper and have been prevented by illness or other sufficient cause from worshipping for the past six months, you should complete declaration 2B or 2C as follows –

(a) delete the first set of words in square brackets and

(b) at the end of the second set of words in square brackets, briefly state the reason for not having worshipped as mentioned.

4   If you have any problems with this Form, please approach the clergy or lay people responsible for the parish, who will be pleased to help you.

5   In this Form ‘parish’ means ecclesiastical parish.

Use of email addresses and other personal data

6   You do not have to provide an email address on this Form. If you do provide one, the Parochial Church Council and the electoral roll officer are entitled to use that email address to communicate with you in connection with the maintenance or revision of the Roll or the preparation of a new Roll or with elections to or membership of the Council.

7   The Church Representation Rules impose certain requirements for your name and address to be given to a third party, such as the diocesan electoral registration officer, in connection with elections to or membership of a deanery synod, diocesan synod or the House of Laity of the General Synod. If you provide an email address on this Form, it will be given to the third party along with your postal address.

8   A third party to whom your name and address have been given under the Church Representation Rules is in certain cases required by the Rules to pass them on to another person, such as the presiding officer in a synodical election. If you provide an email address on this Form, that email address will be given to the other person along with your postal address.

9   Any person to whom your email address or other personal data is given under the Church Representation Rules is required by those Rules to hold the data securely. Furthermore, if you do provide an email address on this Form, that does not give anybody the right to use it for any purpose other than those permitted by the Rules; so it cannot, for example, be used for social matters or fund-raising.

10 The roll is published after each annual revision and after the preparation of a new roll. The published roll will include your name (as well as the name of every other person on the roll) but none of your other personal data (as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018) will be made public as a result of your inclusion on the roll.