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Christmas celebrations in our parish

Together with the Church Wardens of all our parishes, I send you my best wishes for a very happy, joy-filled and peaceful Christmas and 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you to any of the services that will be taking place in the Benefice. Come along with your family and friends – there are so many services to choose from, whether you like to sing carols or whether you are looking for some peace away from the hurly-burly of the season. You can be sure of a warm welcome at any of the services described overleaf.

We will hear the well-known nativity stories, about Mary and Joseph, stars, shepherds, angels and kings …. and remember that “Mary treasured these words and pondered these things in her heart”. As we celebrate Christ’s birth there is much for us, too, to ponder and treasure. Please come along and join our celebrations.

Saturday 15 December 2018

4:30pm             Meet in Henry VIII pub for Mulled wine and Mince Pies.

5pm                  Village Carols at St Peter’s, Hever. Traditional carols as well as some other familiar seasonal songs.


Sunday 16 December 2018

9:15am             Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity, Markbeech

11am                 Parish Communion at St Peter’s, Hever

5pm                  Pub Carols in The Kentish Horse, Markbeech


Friday 21 December 2018

7:00pm             Nine Lessons and Carols – a traditional service at St Peter’s, Hever, followed by

8:00pm             Carol Supper at Hever Village Hall (please call Elly Heard on 01732 86554 to book your supper)


Sunday 23 December 2018

11am                 Benefice Communion at St Peter’s, Hever

3pm                   Carols in the church garden at St Paul’s, Four Elms, accompanied by Edenbridge town Band. Afterwards there will be warming drinks and mince pies in the Parish Room

6pm                   Carol service at Holy Trinity, Markbeech, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Village Hall.


Monday 24 December 2018 – Christmas Eve

4:00pm             Crib and Carol Service for families at St Peter’s, Hever

11:30pm           Midnight Communion at St Peter’s, Hever


Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Christmas Day

9:15am             Christmas Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity, Markbeech

11:00am           Family Communion service at St Paul’s, Four Elms


Sunday 30 December 2018

11:00am           Benefice Communion at St Peter’s, Hever


Nine Lessons and Carols and Supper

Friday 21st December

Our Nine Lessons and Carols service takes place on Friday 21st December at 7pm followed by Carol Supper at Hever Village Hall. Please call Elly Heard on 01732 86554 to book for the supper.

The 11am Hever service has been moved to Four Elms

Dear all, the new heating system has not been fully installed in St Peter’s Hever and therefore the 11am Hever services has been moved to Four Elms. Our Priest-in-Charge asked us all to come to St Paul’s Four Elms where we can  all be warm and comfortable this Sunday. The Evensong at Four Elms has been cancelled and there will be only one service in St Paul’s Four Elms this Sunday, at 11am.

Please join us for the 11am Parish Communion at St Paul’s this coming Sunday.

10am Service moved to FE

Remembrance Events in the Parish

World War I ‘Words & Music’
Armistice & Women’s Suffrage Concert
Saturday 10th November
Do come to a concert in Hever Church on Saturday 10 November to mark the momentous year that was 1918. It was the end of World War I and the beginning of votes for women….. Meanwhile flu took its toll, and the housewives of Hever carried on making jam!
The performers are all local and much of the material has a local connection. Tickets are £7.50 on the door or from Joanna Wade 07958 919631.

Remembrance Services
Sunday 11th November 10.45

Service of Remembrance at St Peter’s Hever. Please join us at the War Memorial for the traditional service of Remembrance followed by hymns readings and prayers in church.

Short Service of Remembrance around the War Memorial at St Paul’s Four Elms 

World War One Exhibition
Until 31 December in Hever Parish Church

Silhouettes of the 9 Hever men who lost their lives in the WWI  have been placed in the pews in church together with a little info about who they were and where they fitted into the community.

There is also a great art work at the entrance to the church put together by Hever Primary School. It was inspired by the work of Sir Michael Morpurgo.


All Souls Service of reflection

St Paul’s Four Elms

On All souls day, which this year falls on Friday, 2nd November, the Church remembers all those we know who have died – family members and friends.
In our Benefice there will be a quiet, thoughtful, gentle service including hymns and readings which includes a chance to pray for those whom we love who have died, naming them as we do so.
Please join us if you can, at 6.30pm in St Paul’s, Four Elms. Everyone is welcome, and will be able to light a candle as a symbol of our prayers and all that they meant, and still mean, to us. If you would like to make sure a special person known to you is included, please write the name down and give it to the Church Warden when you come to church.

Intercessions 7 Oct 2018 by Nick Irens

In the fading summer sun and shortening days,
cooling breeze, swallows flight, moonlight rays.
In the browning leaves and morning mist,
autumn chill, fruit that falls, frost’s first kiss.
We see the Creator’s hand.

Creator God, as you have blessed the Church with abundant grace, keep her faithful in the offering of word and sacrament, knowing all things come from you and return to you. Send out your labourers to gather the harvest of the world, that all may know the riches of your love.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labours of those who harvest them. We pray for all those who bring in the harvest, our farmers and their families, for all those employed in the processing, transport and retail of food, and we pray for a more just distribution of your bounty throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we remember and pray for those for whom the harvest has failed, who watch their children starve and who have an uncertain future. We pray for those suffering from natural disasters; in particular, we pray for those caught in last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and we pray for the relief agencies and aid workers in their efforts to help them.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, you have given your people a rich land, yet by our sin we have abused it and made a world of greed and sorrow. We are heartily sorry for our negligence in harming your creation and pray that you will help us change our ways. We pray for those who suffer the consequences of our selfishness, that they may come to share our life of comfort and plenty.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for all those engaged in medical research. Prosper the work of their searching minds, that their labour may be for the welfare of us all.

We pray for all those who are sick, remembering those who are in hospital or nursing homes and those who care for them. Through your abundant love may they find comfort and hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, your son Jesus Christ is the first fruit of the resurrection and will reap the harvest of the dead in the autumn of their years. We pray that when our time comes, he will gather us together with our loved ones who have gone before, in his garden of joy and happiness.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, as we leave this church today we ask that your guiding hand may be upon our lives and all those we meet in the days and weeks ahead. Inspire us with your spirit, that those who have, may readily share with those who have not.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Intercessions 30 September Marion Purll

We pray for our Saints today being St Michael’s Day. Thank you Lord for the faith of our great Saints and keep us in awe of these great people and allow us to always learn from them.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

Dear Lord, we thank you for our church for our Diocese, our Benefice, our church wardens and especially for Wendy our priest in charge and for all of us here today. We pray for faith and religion throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

We pray for our Queen, all those in authority under her and for our Royal Family and everything they represent. We give thanks and praise for the world in which we live and the glory within it.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for our families and their love for our friends and neighbours and our whole community. We pray for those soon to be confirmed and those who have recently been or are soon to be baptised, especially David here with us today, for couples who have been or will be married this year. May their lives be filled with peace, happiness and contentment.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are in need, trouble, sorrow, sickness, despair and any other adversity. We pray for the lonely, the homeless those who are starving, the victims of war and conflict. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are very much with the people of Indonesia suffering the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray too for those close to home particularly for Julia Mckillop, Huw Roberts, Pat Humphreys, Anne Uphill, Rosemary Bayford, Jill, Len and Michael Linden and for those whose names are included in our prayers from visitors to our church and any other known to us.

We also pray for those recently departed and all those whose years mind fall at this time. We pray for your loving presence both in this world and the next.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

What a fabulous response! Sorry we ran out of voting slips on day 2. We are now restocking every couple of days.

Inside the phone box on Uckfield Lane you will find a map, a list of all the scarecrows and where to find them, voting slips, pens and a box to place your vote in.

Please note all spiders and snails have been gently removed (and may make an appearance at our Halloween event) and the phone box is squeaky clean!

You can also email us your favourite if you prefer