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Seaview, St Helens, Brading & Yaverland

Providing a Spiritual Harbour for ALL
Sunday 26th November 2023

Upcoming Services

Sunday 26th November 2023
St John's11.00am Benefice Sung Eucharist
(Farewell service for Revd Barry Downer)
St Peter's11.15am Holy Communion with Baptism
St Helen's3.30pm Eco Church

Wednesday 29th November 2023
St Mary's10.00am Morning Reflection

Thursday 30th November 2023
St John's6.00pm Holy Communion
(St Andrew)

Friday 1st December 2023
St Peter's (outside)6.00pm Lights of Love Service

Sunday 3rd December 2023
St Mary's9.30am Sung Eucharist
St Peter's11.15am Sung Eucharist
St Mary's3.00pm Lights of Love Service
St Catherine's6.00pm Advent Carols

Tuesday 5th December 2023
St Catherine's10.00am Morning Worship

Wednesday 6th December 2023
St Mary's10.00am Morning Reflection

Sunday 10th December 2023
St Helen's9.30am Sung Eucharist
St John's11.00am Sung Eucharist
Start at Brading Station4.00pm Joint Nativity

Wednesday 13th December 2023
St Mary's10.00am Morning Reflection

Thursday 14th December 2023
St Peter's10.00am Agape Service

Sunday 17th December 2023
St Mary's9.30am Sung Eucharist
St Peter's11.15am Nine Lessons and Carols
St Catherine's6.00pm Carol's by Candlelight


During the Interregnum the primary points of contact for enquiries are:
St Helens (including St Catherine's)
Sue Whitewick on 01983 568761
St Peter’s Seaview
Sylvia Beardsmore on 01983 612600
St Mary’s Brading
Nigel Elton Walters on 01983 406817
St John’s Yaverland
Kevin Norton on 07951 407423
Haven Benefice
Sally Rivlin on 07789 554220
Pastoral Visiting
Sylvia Beardsmore on 01983 612600
Seaview and St Helen’s Mothers' Union
Fiona Jepson on 07542 886823

To add items to this News Sheet please contact Rev Bevaly Rackett (01983 407432) revbevrackett(at)gmail(dot)com.

Rev Bevaly hosts a Together in Prayer group on a Wednesday from 7.30pm to pray for the world, the church and each other.
For the Zoom code or to be prayed for please email revbevrackett(at)gmail(dot)com.

Both St Mary’s and St Peter’s collect tinned foods, toiletries and other essentials for the Food bank.

St Helen's Community Fridge food waste Project is open: visit the Community Centre and take what you can use to prevent food from going in the bin, plus follow them on the St Helens Community Fridge Facebook page.

Prison Chaplain Judith Swaine has asked for donations of mince pies (in sealed commercial packets with long ‘best before’ dates) for the Christmas carol services at Albany Prison (12th December) and Parkhurst Prison (19th December). Boxes of pies will be collected from the back of the churches.

Eco Church meets this afternoon (Sunday 26th) in St Helen's Church, making decorations for a tree for the St Mary's tree festival. Starting with worship at 3.30pm and ending with a bring and share meal, all are VERY welcome.

St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival takes place on Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd December and includes a free Advent Concert on the Friday starting with a peal of bells at 6.50pm, to include Brading Choir, Wight Ukers, Scottish Fiddlers and Organ Fugue with mulled wine and mince pies available in the interval; a Craft Fair on Saturday 2nd December in the church from 10.00am and a ‘Lights of Love’ Service for the Mountbatten on Sunday 3rd December starting at 3.00pm with refreshments to follow.

St Peter’s 'Light’s of Love' Service is on Friday 1st December at 6.00pm outside in the church garden (by the tree) so wrap up suitably warmly!

The Brading Community Nativity starts at 4.00pm on Sunday 10th December at Brading Station. Along with the Methodist Church (and hopefully Gary the Donkey!) we will journey around Brading following the real story of Christmas. Please bring a torch (no candles) and dress up as an angel or shepherd if you like. It finishes with refreshments in St Mary’s church hall. If you can help please see Rev Bevaly.

St Helen’s Village of Angels display is on during December in aid of the school.

Today (26th December) is Barry’s last Sunday service before retirement. We all want to say a very heartfelt thank you for all that he has done for the Haven Benefice and wish him well with whatever he chooses to do next. (God doesn’t really go in for ‘retirement’ so we look forward to seeing him around the Island in the future after a suitable time of well-deserved rest!)

A non-religious vigil for peace will be held in St Peter’s church Undercroft (entrance in Steyne Rd) on Saturday 2nd December from 10.00am - 11.00am. All are welcome to join us for this time of reflection.

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