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St Peter's is a historic church in a picturesque setting in the village of Northney in the north-east of Hayling Island. Thanks to volunteers, it is normally open in the daytime for prayer and peaceful contemplation.
The main Sunday services are in traditional language, except on the second Sunday of the month when there is an informal Communion in modern language, preceded by an early-morning said Communion using the Book of Common Prayer. On the first and third Wednesday mornings of the month there is a said Communion service in traditional language. For a list of normal service times, please see the Home page.
Getting to St Peter's can have its moments, especially if you are coming from the mainland. It is not unknown for people to be late for a service because they've had to wait for cows to cross the road to be milked.
The church is partially surrounded by a ditch, and has a war memorial and a beautiful graveyard. Among those buried there is Princess Yourievsky (1878 - 1959), a natural daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia who was legitimised by her parents' marriage and who spent the last 27 years of her life on Hayling Island, dying in relative poverty. The gravestone gives her birth year as 1880, which was the year she was legitimised. Here is a link to a YouTube video on her and the recent restoration of her grave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLM0HoFNxaY. A Panikhida, or tradition Orthodox memorial service, was held for her at St Peter's on Sunday 2 October 2016.
Click here to see a list of those commemorated on the war memorial. For information about graves, please go to this page, which also sets out the regulations applying to burials, graves, and cremated remains.
The font, like the church, dates back to the 12th century. Near it is an oak chest which is also probably 12th-century. There are two carvings of heraldic beasts on the chevron in the nave, of a yale and a griffin: these are thought to be 17th-century.
There are some interesting features on the exterior of the church. On the south wall and south-east buttresses are sundials, used in former times as "mass clocks" to determine the timing of services - one of these is on a blocked-up priest's door to the chancel. On the south-east buttress there is also a carving in the form of a pentagram, often associated with witchcraft, but also in medieval times a symbol of the five wounds Jesus suffered on the Cross.
For more information about the history of the church, please see History.
There is a church trail at St Peter’s. Copies of the trail are in the north entrance to church and there is an answer sheet available if you are stuck!
The organ is a small Father Willis organ, which was offered to the church in 1998 and dedicated in September 1999 during an inaugural concert given by Martin Neary, former organist of Westminster Abbey. The organ was originally built for the Wedgwood family for the church of Barlaston, Staffordshire.
St Peter's has been given two banners. One was painted and donated by Father Frank, an artist who specialises in church banners. The other is a stitched copy of an icon of the Trinity by the major Russian painter of icons, Andrei Rublev.
At the rear of the church is a modern extension, the Ark, which serves as a church hall.
Social and Fund-raising Events
St Peter's has an active programme of social and fund-raising events. For details of future events, please see the Coming Up page.
As part of the Portsmouth Diocese link with Ghana, St Peter's is linked with St John the Divine, Nuaso in the eastern region of Ghana. For more information about the diocesan link with Ghana please click here.
Banner by Father Frank
Banner of Rublev icon
Carving of a yale
Carving of a griffin
Cows on road to St Peter's
Chancel Repair Liability - St Peter's
Chancel repair liability is a liability on some owners of land and real property to contribute to the costs of repairing chancels of older churches. Parochial Church Councils had until 13 October 2013 to register with the Land Registry their right to enforce the liability.
St Peter's PCC voted in September 2013 not to register their right or pursue any liability, as they believe that this would be contrary to the mission values for which they stand.
Flooding on road to St Peter's
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of PCC Members
St Peter's has a library of books available for loan.
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Father Maxim Nikolsky
at memorial service for
2 October 2016
2015 Flower Festival
2015 Flower Festival