For our prayers:
The Bishop, Christopher Foster. The Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, Peter Leonard.
Deputy Diocesan Secretary, Jenny Hollingsworth and her team: David Cain, Jane Dobbs, Catherine Gray,
Lauren McDermott, Chris Pride, Susan Rau, Gillian Sanders and Anne Stunt.

The Sick:
Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Gerry Richmond, Heidi, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Margaret Evan-Hughes, Marshall, Molly, Paul Clothier, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Tess, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Jay Saunders, Barbra Gardner, Sally Joad, John McCann, Karen West, Michael Cayley, Janet Coates-Jones

The recently departed:
Ruth Genge
Years Mind:
Dennis Stokeley, Harry Bacon, Elizabeth Coates, Mary Rusbatch, Alan Bunyan, James Faber, Tony Hampton

Readings for next week, 7th March
3rd Sunday of Lent
Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22

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:
Online services:
Sunday, 10am – Morning Praise via Zoom
Wednesday, 2pm – Service of the Word via Zoom
Join us on Thursday 4th March, 12.30 – Lent Lunch for Christian Aid
(please contact the office for the zoom invitations)
The services below are found on our Facebook pages –
Hayling Anglicans and Hayling Anglicans Junior Church –
and on our YouTube channel – Hayling Anglicans.
Sunday morning – Morning Prayer
Tuesday evening – Compline
Friday morning – Storytime
Daily reflections by email.
Sunday morning reflection, pewsheet and hymns.
If you wish to receive the above, please contact the office.
Information and links for our online services can be found on our website –

Sunday 28th February, 2nd Sunday of Lent

The Collect
Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’
Romans 4:13-end
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Mark 8:31-end
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

Post Communion Prayer
Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversaries which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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

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 Haying St Peter”

If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted via the vicarage. Please bear in mind that anyone who has any symptoms and has to self-isolate, although very kind, should not be contributing.

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 email her on

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Zoom Services: How to access by telephone
To access Sunday at 10am Zoom service:
1. Dial 0203 481 5237
2. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 960 4378 3486 followed by the # key
3. You will be asked if you want to enter a participant ID number, just press #
4. When prompted, enter the password for the meeting 044767 followed by the # key. You will then join in with the meeting.
5. To mute or unmute press *6
6. To raise a hand press *9

To access Wednesday at 2pm Zoom service:
1. Dial 0131 460 1196 United Kingdom
2. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 940 0731 0832 followed by the # key
3. You will be asked if you want to enter a participant ID number, just press #
4. When prompted, enter the password for the meeting 265918 followed by the # key. You will then join in with the meeting.
5. To mute or unmute press *6
6. To raise a hand press *9

Help with Zoom and emails. If you would like help with using Zoom or emails please let the office know. We have a small team of volunteers who will gladly help.

Looking Ahead
Zoom Lent Lunch: Thursday 4th March, 12.30. Grab a bowl of soup, sit at your computer screen and catch up. Donations to Christian Aid via their website:

Zoom Mothering Sunday, All Age Worship – Sunday 14th March 10am. 

Zoom Pet Service – Saturday 10th April 3pm. Led by Vicky Evans.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal
Our Lent Appeal in 2021 will focus on the environment and our God-given responsibility for sustaining the world, its resources and its people – which is the same theme as in Lent 2020. Like last year, you are invited to make donations to charities that promote sustainable living; to pray for the issues; and also to take daily actions to help conserve the planet’s resources.

You can read more about how to pray, donate and act on . You can download a booklet which will inspire you with a specific action to help the environment each day during Lent. This booklet has been revised so that all the actions you are prompted to do are possible during lockdown.

Reflection for Sunday 28th February – Revd Deborah

Opening Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you are the God of new beginnings, and that your mercies are new every morning. Keep us, we pray, within the circle of your loving arms; forgive us our petty jealousies and strivings, and curb our restless wanderings so that we may find our true and eternal home in you. Amen.

As we continue our journey through Lent for some of us the Bible readings become a welcome source of a familiar journey. For those of us who are so accustomed to the story of Jesus’ crucifixion it is easy to overlook how jarring this message may be to those who have no connection with the Christian faith let alone how this message would have been received by the disciples.
At the time of the Gospel the great hope of the Israelite people was freedom from the Romans. Having seen Jesus’ miracles, experienced his magnetic personality as they followed him, and watched him draw enthusiastic crowds, it would have been totally natural for them to assume that Jesus would somehow challenge the servility they lived under.
Everything they had seen Jesus do and heard him say until this time had been impressive and had no doubt spurred within them big hopes for the future.
But now this. Jesus astonishes and dismays them with the news that he would undergo suffering, be rejected by the religious leaders and killed.
To his disciples who had given up and risked everything it was the worst possible thing Jesus could have said and so contrary to the expectation of his disciples and so difficult to comprehend.
But the most important part of the message is not heard by the disciples and can be overlooked by those of us who know how this pans out. ‘AND AFTER THREE DAYS RISE AGAIN.’ There it is, the ray of hope for all those who will listen.
Jesus gives us this hope for the future and through Lent as we spend time in reflection of where our lives are today and what lies ahead, we can lean on that hope. The message of hope and of eternal life through the suffering of Jesus is the message that all of us can lean on in this mixed up world and is the message that as disciples we share with those around us. While we don’t have the answers to the question ‘Why is this happening’ we do know that God has suffered pain, loss and rejection and has done this visibly for all to see. Through him and through our suffering in this world, may we hear the message of hope.
Today we hear of and know of those who are suffering, feeling rejected, misunderstood and unheard and we pray for all those who are in this position.

Closing Prayer:
O God of our journey and our resting places, with you is healing and peace. You were with us at the beginning; you are with us now, you will be with us for ever. With the ebbing of the tide, with the turning of the season, grant us healing, forgiveness and peace. O God of our journey and our resting places, hear our prayer. Amen

Suggested Hymns for Sunday 28th emailing

The God of Abraham Praise [with lyrics for congregations] – YouTube

All My Hope On God Is Founded – YouTube

I Have Decided To Follow Jesus // Kathryn Scott // Lyrics – YouTube

“Beneath the Cross” (Keith and Kristyn Getty) – YouTube

Take up thy cross (Hymn) – YouTube