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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.



Merry Christmas!

Plus there’s the lovely family Crib & Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 4.0pm at Hever. We hope to see you at at least one of these special Christmas services to welcome the new King’s birth.

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

Rogation Sunday Walk

It is traditional for parishioners to walk the boundaries of their parish on Rogation Sunday. As they walk they beat the boundary and/ or small boys with twigs as a way of prolonging the memory of where it lies.

This year’s walk is a round from How Green via Whistlers and Medhurst Row. It is a lovely walk with no steep hills although there will be some mud of course!

The Sutcliffes have kindly agreed that we can park in How Green nursery and eat a picnic lunch there before we begin. The picnic is from 12.15 (after the St Peter’s church service starting at 11.00am) and the walk will start at 12.45pm. Do join us if you can. Please bring a stick!

For more details contact Joanna Wade: 07958 919631

Letter from Kondoa

For those who don’t know, Kondoa is a diocese in Tanzania, with whom we have formed a friendship. Bishop Given the Bishop of Kondoa visited us last year.
We regularly get news from Kondoa via Sue Chalkley who liaises with them.
She has just sent us this, forwarding a report from from Kondoa.

” We have received a report and photos from Kondoa (photos attached) about the distribution of food to the villages and also some information about ‘the essence of cultivation season” (attached for your information).

The following criteria were used in the distribution of food:

  • The critically drought affected families with no food stock at the time of distribution, 85% of their fields had been totally wilted by the past drought.
  • Households with no livestock mostly headed by single and aged women
  • Vulnerable households and group of people eating less than one meal per day.

I have been asked to pass on many greetings from the people of Kondoa and Bishop:

Thank you so much for this very great food assistance, God bless you so much “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the World. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me food………….” Matthew 25:34-35

To date, £18,400 has been sent to Kondoa. In total £21,264 was donated, so there is still some money to transfer and also the gift aid where this is applicable. The Bishop intends to use this for a project that will help people save food and money in years of good harvest. I will pass on further information about this as and when we know more.
In the meantime, and separately, there is a consultant paediatrician who has been working in an Arusha hospital for the past few years. Her sister happens to live in Paddock Wood, so when she has leave and visits her sister, she comes to St Andrew’s and over time we have become friends. When she was here last year I told her about the drought but she was not seeing any particular signs of it in the hospital – last year about 2 children out of every 20 were malnourished.
She is here again now and, when she saw a six month old baby in church on Easter Sunday, she commented that our baby weighed about the same as a two or three year old child that she would see in hospital. Now, more than 10 of every 20 children presenting are malnourished – clearly the effects of hunger take time to work through. She says parents bring their children to hospital with, say, pneumonia and then when the staff peel off the many layers of clothes, they see the condition of the child underneath.
She showed me some photos which I found quite distressing. Despite this, I attach two of them for your information – but please only open the attachment if you are prepared to see very thin children. I have decided to attach the photos because they underline that the situation was very severe and possibly more severe than most of us had understood. God knew though and the wonderfully generous response no doubt saved lives as well as showing the love of Jesus to many people.
with my love and thanks


PS Please do keep an eye on the Kondoa Diocese website which is kept up to date with the latest news:”