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Songs of Praise for a Summer Evening

16th July 6pm

St Peter’s Hever

What better way can there be of spending some time on a sunny Summer evening than to sing your favourite hymns in the Church garden? Come and join us on Sunday 16th July when the service at Hever at 6pm will be a Songs of Praise.

If you let me or your wardens know which is your favourite hymn, we will make sure to include it – traditional and modern hymns or songs – all that is needed is that you love to sing them!

There will also be a list in our churches for you to complete if you prefer. Let’s hope there will be some interesting and familiar special choices. Then, we look forward to filling the Summer evening air with singing to the glory of God!


Markbeech gala dinner, this Saturday!

The sun is set to shine on our summer gala dinner in Markbeech this Saturday and we still have some spaces left if you haven’t booked yet!

It’s going to be a wonderful evening, with sparkling entertainment, delicious food and the good company of friends. And we’ll be telling you about the inspirational work we’re doing to alleviate suffering amongst women in Kent.

If you can’t come to the dinner, but would like to know more about our work with women in Kent who have suffered the trauma of domestic violence, terminal cancer and even victims of slavery, then please drop me an email or ring me on 01342 850423 and I’ll fill you in.

And if you’d like to book a last minute place, then just reply to this email and I’ll get straight back to you!

Charlotte xx

Open Studios June 2017

Glass, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking & Paintings

The Red House, Rectory Lane, Hever, TN8 7LH

01732 864 874

Parking is in an adjacent field, which will be muddy if it has been a lot of rain!

Opening times June

10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th

11am – 5pm

Days when I’m definitely here are in bold.

To find out which days each other artists are present, please go to or

Patronal Service Holy Trinity Markbeech

It’s Trinity Sunday this Sunday and Holy Trinity Markbeech are having their Patronal Service at 11am.

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.

MB Patronal Service

Rector’s letter June 2017

“Sumer is icumen in” – or in modern parlance, Summer is here and reports of the cuckoo have been around for weeks. If the skies are grey, cold raindrops are falling down your neck, or even if the imminent General Election is clouding your horizon, this light-hearted poem might raise your spirits!
When the Archbishops of Canterbury and York stepped into the election fray recently with an open letter it re-ignited the religion-vs-politics debate. However you read the letter, all they were really urging us all to do was our civic duty – to vote. I didn’t see it as a ‘party political’ letter – and my goodness, surely our contemporary politics can do with a modest input of  the Christian values of love, hope, and courage.
Certainly, the Gospel has political implications. The Bible is littered with the kind of issues we debate at election times, and we only have to look at St Paul’s letters, where the problems faced by Christian communities were not so different from the ones we face today. Paul cared about what was going on and so he wrote some complex and rather over-long letters. It was not just practical advice. It was spiritual: doing what the Spirit still calls us to do – to care.
Whatever the eventual result of the election, controversies will continue, there will still be hard choices and we may (or may not) like what we think we see. How does this stack up with Jesus’ saying that he came that we might have life, life in all its fullness? The story of the Ascension in Acts has the angels, with a touch of wry humour, telling the disciples to stop gazing into heaven – and the disciples in obedience spiralling down into the practicalities, which are as holy as any heavenly vision.
As the pages of the Link reveal, during the coming Summer months, our villages will be buzzing with activities, for which fine weather will be high on our prayer list. These are indeed ‘holy practicalities’ at the heart of our life here. As we broaden our gaze in the months ahead, enjoying life in all its fullness, let’s not forget to thank God for those Christian values that enable all aspects of our life together to flourish. I believe the church is at the heart of our communities – it is our ‘arms wide open policy’ – and I look forward to many a happy meeting under a clear blue Summer sky!
God bless.
Priest in charge

Intercessions 28 May

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all you have given to us. We thank you for our families and friends, for the people in our lives that have treated us with love, for our church and our priest Wendy, but most of all we thank you for Jesus, for his love and teaching, for his death on the cross, his Ascension and the new life he brought to us as a result of this.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

God bless Elisabeth our Queen and her family. God bless our Prime Minister and everyone involved in difficult negotiations for the future of our country. God bless and guide all the leaders in the world and their advisors, the powers you have given to them may be put to good use and may their decision be wise and may they bring people together. We pray for unity and understanding.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for the ones affected by the attack in Manchester, for the people that have lost their lives, those who are suffering and the ones who fight terrorism. We mourn with them and ask you to bring healing into their lives. We also are reminded how fragile our life is and how we should appreciate the joyful moments we spend with our loved ones.

We pray for the police, and the security services that they may find ways to prevent future attacks on our way of life. We pray that evil plans against humanity are not carried out with success. We pray that all those who think about giving their lives to take others that they will see the light of your teaching and love and they will stop.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for the truth, that it may always rise above individuals, no matter how influential they are. We pray for the media to stay impartial, for people to keep informed and to recognize truth and follow a Christian path.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We also ask for your blessing for friends and neighbours and we pray for people in our community that are ill in body or mind or spirit

May your presence be with them and relieve their suffering, help them restore.

We pray for the departed, Nigel Snelling Collyer, Monty Koppell, take their souls and brng comfort to those they leave behind.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for our parents, for the people that have shaped us to be, for all their love and happy memories we had together with them. We thank you for having them in our lives, but most of all we thank You God, Heavenly Father for coming into our lives and for holding our hand whenever we needed you.

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

Ana Roxburgh

Intercessions 21 May

Dear Father we come here today with love and gratitude to reflect upon the joys and sorrows of this past week. We thank you for all the benefits we enjoy and for the many advantages of living in this country in this day and age. Today as we celebrate the feast of Ascension Day we thank you for the inspiration and comfort that Holy Trinity church has given over many years. We remember those who have worshipped in this church – all those who have been baptised, confirmed, married and buried here. We remember too the priests who have ministered at Holy Trinity and we thank you for the love and devotion of our incumbent priest, Wendy.

Lord in your mercy

Loving Father, as we celebrate Rogationtide this week, you promise to supply all our needs out of your abundant store. Prosper the labours of those who enable us to enjoy the resources of nature, whether by farming, fishing or industrial work, that we may render thanks and praise to you through Jesus Christ our Lord. We ask your blessing on the sowing of the seed and the labours of those who work on the land that the earth may yield its full harvest and the needs of all men may be supplied.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for the Church of God throughout the world – for unity in faith, in witness and in service, for bishops and other ministers and those whom they serve, for all Christians, for those who are mocked and persecuted for their faith, that God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love and preserve it in peace.

Lord in your mercy

Most merciful God, we ask your blessing on all those getting married in the Benefice this year May their marriage be for them a source of great and loving good. Spare them long to each other and keep them faithful, tender and true so that they may live together in peace and happiness and may your blessing be upon them in their home and in all the work of their hands.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for all young people growing up in our schools and universities especially for those taking important examinations the results of which will affect their future lives. Lord, for the vision of youth, its love of justice, strength of purpose and honesty of mind, we bring our thanks and praise. Make plain your living word to the rising generation that they may grow up in the love of Christ, to love and honour your name and to render service to others.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for the sick in mind and body and spirit. Hear our prayers on behalf of those who are bearing the burden of sickness or pain. Bless the work being done by our doctors, nurses and all those who have the care of the sick. Dear Lord we pray for all those who are handicapped – give them courage to accept the things they cannot change and to face life with brave and trustful hearts knowing that in their affliction and frustration they are not along but are surrounded by your love.

Lord in your mercy

We thank you Lord God for the grace you gave to those who lived according to your will and are now at rest. We pray that their good example may encourage and guide us all the days of our life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord in your mercy

by Ann Bellamy