United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham


St James’, East Cowes

19th June 2022 : First Sunday after Trinity


As we are now in a period of interregnum, details of the forthcoming month’s services will be given here. We are very grateful to Rev Mike and Rev Peter, who have kindly agreed to preside at Holy Communion at both churches on the first and third Sunday of each month. The second and fourth Sundays of each month will be lay-led Morning Worship, a full service of the Word which will largely follow the structure of the communion service, only without the sacramental liturgy, and with an All-Age focus at Whippingham on the second Sunday. For details of services on the months with a fifth Sunday, please check here.

Due to both churches’ patronal festivals falling in July, the service schedule has been altered slightly. Please find details below.

Sun 26th Jun Morning Worship – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

Sun 3rd Jul Holy Communion – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

Sun 10th Jul Morning Worship – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s (All-Age focus)

Sun 17th Jul Holy Communion – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

Sun 24th Jul Holy Communion – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

Sun 31st Jul Morning Worship – 9.30 at St James, 11.15 at St Mildred’s

At present numbers in church remain unrestricted, but if this changes we will give details. It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask in church, although you may feel safer doing so. If you wish to sit at a social distance, please check with the sidespeople, who will be able to advise you.


Give thanks for: the work of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and complementary therapists

Pray for: All people who are anxious or affected by the rise in monkeypox cases; the victims of the conflicts in Ukraine and Ethiopia; people struggling with the rising cost of fuel and groceries


Emergency prayers needed for: Lou; Joshua; Selasi; Baby Alex; Jan; Hazel; Sandra; Lorraine; Gillian H.

Long term, please pray for: Mike; Valerie B; Charles and Susan; Stuart; Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard G; Bob; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Margaret; Emily; Sammie; Richard S; Carol T; Betty B.

Give thanks for: the work of the St John Ambulance

If you wish particular names to be added to the prayer list, please inform Stuart. All names are reviewed on a regular basis. Please keep Stuart updated if you would like a name to stay on or be removed.


Anne Mouland; all whose anniversary falls at this time.



O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you,

mercifully accept our prayers

and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature

we can do no good thing without you,

grant us the help of your grace,

that in the keeping of your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed;

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.



NEW TESTAMENT READINGGalatians 3: 23-end

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be reckoned as righteous by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

GOSPEL – Luke 8: 26-39

Then they arrived at the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on shore, a man from the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had not worn any clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, shouting, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me,” 29 for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. 31 They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

32 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding, and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd stampeded down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34 When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37 Then the whole throng of people of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.


God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Gill Jackson)

Healing Lord, in this world of disconnection and disrepair, troubles and trials, we ask that you reach out and let us feel the warmth of your love, a love from which we can never be separated. Thank you, Lord, that on the cross Jesus took the full punishment for our sins, giving us, through faith, the freedom to live our lives in a manner which pleases you.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for the world and all the many changes that have taken place in recent years. We thank you for improved communications and technological advances. We thank you for increased awareness of the fragility of our planet and pray that all people will aim to live more responsibly.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

We pray for your Church in the world, and for an increase in people turning back to you, Lord. Bless our clergy and congregations as we seek the way forward in engaging with our local community.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Bless Elizabeth, our Queen, and Charles, Prince of Wales, and all the royal family. Guide our politicians, world leaders, and all in authority, in the ways of justice and of peace.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Compassionate Lord, comfort and sustain all those living with war, illness, bereavement, isolation, poverty and despair. In a time of quiet, we offer to you those known to ourselves who are in need of your loving care. Help us to do whatever we can to help them.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, when we feel disoriented by waves of change, in our restlessness we ask that you reassure and remind us of your calming presence. Rescue us from things which are harming us, release us from our anxieties, reclaim us from our wounds, and cast out our fears with your gentle and quiet spirit.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


In union, Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the sure hope that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all my being. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. Amen.

You might like to sit in silence for a while, then pray:

Post Communion

Eternal Father,

we thank you for nourishing us

with these heavenly gifts:

may our communion strengthen us in faith,

build us up in hope,

and make us grow in love;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.


To conclude, either follow the links below to our YouTube channel or simply rest quietly in God’s presence.



If you are unable to use the links, search YouTube for ‘St Mildred and St James’ and subscribe to the channel for updates.




Now that the Covid crisis has settled down and special provisions for home spiritual communions are no longer needed, starting in the first week of July, the pewsheet will be reverting to its shorter pre-pandemic format. As such, those doing the intercessions will no longer be required to email them for printing each week. Also, as the proposed merger with the Wootton parishes will not be taking place any time soon, we will no longer be advertising their events and services.

Notices and prayer requests will continue as normal, however, so please send these to Stuart by Wednesday evening each week. His contact details are stuart_mckerracher


The Food Pantry Scheme at Community Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, has been up and running for a month now. The operation is similar to the food bank, only based on membership which for £5 a week, gives customers £15 of food. Donations are needed to replenish stocks, and priority items are currently as follows:

Baked beans, pasta sauce (any), tinned corned beef, tuna (4 in a pack), long life semi skimmed milk, toilet rolls (packs of 4), squash (any flavours), coffee


The last Rock Solid club session of the academic year will be held (weather-permitting) in the Orchard at St Mildred’s on Friday 8th July from 7.15-8.45pm. All parents and children welcome from years 4-8. 50p entry. Come along and enjoy games, prizes, refreshments and more!


From July 15th to 17th, this new Christian festival will be taking place at the County Showground. Features guest speakers and artists including worship-song writer Graham Kendrick, along with prayer and creative activities throughout the day. Volunteers are needed to assist. Tickets are available from the website at https://lionheartfestival.co.uk


During the interregnum, regular morning prayer at St Mildred’s will be continuing at 9am on Tuesdays and Fridays. All are welcome! Any changes will be announced in the pew sheet.


Priority items needed, if you can help:

Long grain rice (1kg)

Fruit juice (long-life)



Sponge pudding

Toilet rolls

Due to the generosity of the public, we have plenty of:

Cooking sauces

Baked beans

Tinned vegetables

Tinned meat

Tinned fish

Tinned tomatoes