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Holy Week compline

It is our tradition to have a series of simple compline services through the week leading up to Easter. This year we are doing something special to mark the beginning of Holy Week in that we have invited The King Charles Singers from the Church of King Charles the Martyr in Tunbridge Wells to sing a sung Compline at Markbeech.

Do come and join us for what should be a very moving devotional service. 6.30 pm on Monday 26th March at Holy Trinity Church Markbeech.

Other Compline services are at 6.30pm on Tuesday 27th March at St Peter’s Hever and at 6.30pm on Wednesday 28th March at St Paul’s Four Elms.



Stainer’s Crucifixion at Markbeech on Palm Sunday

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Charles Talbot is conducting and directing the Markbeech choir with visiting singers in a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at Holy Trinity, Markbeech on Sunday evening at 6.30pm This will be a wonderful occasion and we do hope you will come and bring your friends to experience this moving start to Holy Week.


Concert at Hever, 25th February 7.30pm


Quorum chamber choir, conducted by Adrian Goss are coming to Hever on February 25th at 7.30pm. Please join us at this lovely concert to welcome spring. Tickets are £10 from BookItBee or from Churchwardens at any of the services in our churches. Or ring 01892 535416.

A pre-concert supper is available at the Henry VIII pub, opposite the church, booking essential on 01732 862457

Any profits from the concert will go towards essential maintenance work at St Peter’s.


Christmas services in the benefice

Here is a summary of all the Christmas services in the Benefice this year and there are lots of opportunities to enjoy singing carols!

Sunday 11th December

11.00am Café St Peter – Christingle, at Hever.

6.00pm Choral Carol Service – Markbeech.  Mulled wine  and mince pies in the village hall afterwards.

Friday 16th December

7.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols – Hever church –  for the whole community

followed by

8.00pm Carol Supper in the village hall – contact the Hever churchwardens to book.

Sunday 18th December

3.00pm Carols in the church garden – Four Elms.

5.00pm Pub Carols in the Kentish Horse – a very jolly singalong.

Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December  

10.30pm Midnight Communion  Hever

Christmas Day Sunday 25th December

9.15 am  Christmas Sung Eucharist – Markbeech

11.00am  Christmas Day Communion – Four Elms


Check the diary for more details or last minute updates!

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday at Markbeech

This Sunday, Trinity Sunday, we are having a special choral service with choir and children, and inviting you afterwards to enjoy a glass or two of prosecco. This is a double celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday and our own Patronal Festival. Most churches are named after a Saint – their Patron Saint and so have a festival on their Saint’s day, but at Markbeech we are named for the Holy Trinity so our special Sunday is Trinity Sunday.
We do hope you can join us.

Holy Trinity Church, Markbeech at 11.00am this Sunday May 22nd 2016.

Bishopscourt Open Garden day

On Saturday 14th May the lovely gardens of the residence of the Bishop of Rochester will be open to the public in support of Christian Aid.

Bishopscourt Open Garden for Christian Aid at Bishopscourt, 24 St Margaret’s Street, Rochester, ME1 1TS
Saturday 14th May, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Entry £2.00
Plant sale, teas with homemade cakes, Christian Aid stand.
Come and relax in this lovely garden, children and dogs welcome.Enquiries to Bridget Langstaff 07816 828439