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ADVENT CONCERT – A  TIME OF PREPARATION

Saturday 2nd December 6pm

St. Paul’s Church, Four Elms

Following their successful concert last year, the Saint Martin’s Singers are returning to Four Elms Church with an interesting and varied programme designed to look forward through the window of Advent, through song and contributions from professional actors.

Tickets  £10 available from

Gill Lambert   01732  862976

Leslie Griggs  01732  700428

FE Advent concert

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Intercessions’ Guide

It is lovely to hear different people lead the prayers at our services. Every one brings their own perspective, hopes and concerns. Leading the prayers is a wonderful form of ministry, and we all appreciate it. What happens effectively is that the leader enables the congregation to share in offering prayer as he or she gives voice to their own prayers and thanksgivings.

So far as intercessions are concerned, ‘one size’ does not fit all, and while there are some guidelines in this document, each person is free to develop their own pattern and wording. One of the few ‘rules’ is that intercessions should be quite short – no more than 5 minutes! But you will find other hints and tips here, too.

The purpose of this guide is to offer help to different people, including –

  • those who have been asked to join the team, but are new to the idea and feel at a loss about where/how to start;
  • those who have some experience but might like to think through different forms;
  • those who have been doing it for years and simply would like to review their approach;

If you have been asked already, I hope these notes are helpful. If you are considering the idea or would like to volunteer, please call me, I would love to hear that there are more people who would like to join the team! The more people who lead our intercessions, the more occasional will be the need.

Please click HERE to see the INTERCESSIONS’ GUIDE.

Advent Concert

Saturday 2nd December

St Paul’s Four Elms

Following their successful concert last year, the Saint Martin’s Singers are returning to Four Elms Church with an interesting and varied programme designed to look forward through the window of Advent, through song and contributions from professional actors.
Tickets £10 available from
Gill Lambert 01732 862976
Leslie Griggs 01732 700428

Prayers of Intercession 29 October

Prayers written by Martyrs of the Reformation

For the universal church by Archbishop Land 1573

Gracious Father, we humbly beseech Thee for the universal church. Fill it with all truth; in all truth with peace. Where it is corrupt, purge it; where it is in error direct it; where it is superstitious, rectify it, where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it and confirm it; where it is in want, furnish it; where it is divided and rent asunder, make up the beseeches thereof oh Thou Holy One of Israel; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Amen.

A prayer for the Monarchy also by Archbishop Land (words changed to appropriate gender)

Oh Lord grant the Queen a long life, that her years many be rich with Thy blessing. Furnish her with wise and safe councils and give her a heart of courage and constancy to pursue them. Prepare Thy loving mercy and faithfulness for her that they may preserve her so we will always sing praises unto Thy name, through Jesus Christ. Amen

A prayer for the nations of the world by Bishop Andrews

We pray for the kingdoms of this world, for their stability and peace. For our own nation and kingdom that they may abide in prosperity and happiness and be delivered from all peril and disaster. Amen

A prayer for all who are distressed by Dr Blough 1671

Oh Lord, who dost not willingly afflict the children of men, behold from Thy holy habitation of Heaven the multitude of miserable souls and lives amongst us and have mercy on us. Have mercy on all ignorant souls, and instruct them, on al deluded minds, and enlighten them. Have mercy on all broken hearts, and real them; all struggling with temptation and rescue them; all that all fallen from tree, and raise them; all that stand with Thee and confirm them. Oh blessed Jesus, that didst shed Thy blood for our souls to save them, shed Thy holy spirit on all and heal them; for Thy pity’s sake Amen

We commend into Thine eternal care all who have died and we give Thee thanks for they immeasurable enrichment given to Thy church by the great Christians and Martyrs.

A prayer from the Gothic Missal 1680

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints, grant to our minds the same faith and power of love; that as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may profit by their examples; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (originally attributed to Archbishop Cranmer)

Hever Christmas Fair 2017

So excited to announce that the popular Hever Christmas Fair is back this year. The stall holders are FABULOUS, with a wide variety of gifts available. Check out the Hever Christmas Fair Facebook page for full list or

https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on/hever-christmas-fair/

Like, share, but most importantly, BE THERE! And with your ticket offering free entry to Hever Castle grounds, plus £2.50 for castle entrance, how can you go wrong?

This years’ flyer has been designed with the help with our talented Marielou Linklater!

All Souls Day Invitation

Thursday, 2nd November 7pm

On All souls day, which this year falls on Thursday, 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 7pm in Holy Trinity, Markbeech. 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.

Cafe Church & The Meaningful Chocolate Company Advent Calendar Competition

This Sunday is Café St Peter’s at Hever Primary School at 10.30am and we will be working to enter the Chocolate Advent Calendar competition. Join us!

To celebrate the launch of the 2017 Real Advent Calendar a special competition has been announced. Schools, churches and children’s groups are invited to design their own Advent Calendar. There are three first prizes of £150 in each category and three runners-up prizes of £50. All winners and runners-up will also receive a box of Host of Angels Christmas tree decorations.  

ChocolateCafé Church

For more information and the entry details please click on the following link – https://meaningfulchocolate.co.uk/pages/advent-competition

Calling all knitters!

The Great Making Miracles Knit and Natter Session

– Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 14th October 2017 –

Supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week

Making Miracles is a Kent and Medway registered charity which provides a full range of support services for ladies and their families experiencing “High Risk” pregnancies, premature birth or baby loss.  We provide services like bereavement and trauma counselling, a buddying service linking someone who has been through a similar experience to someone who has just discovered there is a problem with their pregnancy, online and telephone support and much more.  We also have a Baby Memorial Garden because, if you lose a baby before 24 weeks, you do not get a death certificate so you have no place or record of your lost baby.   At our garden parents may have a plaque or entry in our Book of Remembrance so that there is that permanent memory and record of their lost child.

To help pay for all the above we fundraise and we also have some amazing volunteers who give up one day every month to work on one of our community stalls to support us and where we sell baby items such as cardigans, blankets, toys and other things for babies which other volunteers have knitted for us.  Every penny we raise from the sale of all our goods goes to fund the services we provide as we are all volunteers producing and selling the goods for these families.

We would like to invite you to come along on the above date at 10 am until 1 pm to help us knit as many 6 inch x 6 inch squares as possible in pink, blue, cream or white which will then be sewn together to make beautiful blankets for our stalls.  If this is something you and anyone you know would be interested in doing PLEASE do come along as we would love to have as many “knitters” having a knit and natter session and make this the biggest group meeting in the UK for such a session.  Please bring size 8 needles.  If you are able and willing to make a start on those squares before the event please feel free to bring those with you too (cast on 30 stitches and knit 56 rows for your square please)as well as any other baby items you have made which we could also sell on our stalls.

We will also provide refreshments so it’s important that we have a good idea of numbers (and we also need to let the Cathedral know!) and in order to achieve that I would ask that you email me sally@makingmiracles.org.uk advising me of the names of anyone that is attending to help us.  Please do share this with friends and family and let’s make this the biggest knitting session ever held!

With kindest regards
Sally Howells
Chairman

Prayers of intercession 17th September

We come before You dear God to thank you for being with us in all that we do, for loving us unconditionally as the good parent that You are. Forgive us for not making enough time for you in our lives, for coming to you asking for help and giving little in exchange. Thank you for the opportunities you give us to help others repaying You for the goodness you show us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we thank you for all the writers, painters, musicians and artists that have enriched our lives, given us moments of happiness, and  inspired  us through the gifts that You have given them. Make their work as well as ours be put to good use, to bring friendship among people and those people bring unity across nations, rissing above their differences.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

In a time of international turmoil and evil deeds in our own country, we pray for political and economic stability. We pray for strong leaders, guided by good intentions and willing to develop and preserve this world for the future of our children.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for all those who lost their homes due to natural disasters, give them the strength to rebuild them, the faith that the sun will shine again. We pray that you give them the inspiration to adapt and help them find solutions to be safe next time the nature is violent. Arise in us love for nature, help us study it, learn from it and be kind to it, so that nature is kind to us.

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.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Lord give us courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when we have finished our daily tasks, let us go to sleep in peace, knowing that God is awake and looks over us.

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

Ana Maria Roxburgh