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Intercessions Nick Irens 22 April 2018

Gracious God, whose Spirit helps us in our weakness and guides us in our prayers, we pray for the Church and for the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Renew the life and faith of the Church; strengthen our witness and make us one in Christ.

Grant that we and all who confess that Christ is Lord, may be faithful in your service and be so filled with the Spirit, that the world may be turned to you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Living God, guide the nations in the ways of justice, liberty and peace, and help them to seek the unity and welfare of all people.

Give all in authority wisdom to know and the strength to do what is right.

We pray not only for the victims, but the perpetrators of evil and violence in our world. We pray for a change of heart and attitude, an awakening to a better way of living.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Loving Father, comfort those in sorrow; heal the sick in body or in mind and deliver the oppressed.

We pray for those whose lives feel empty or cheated, or filled with pain, or worry, or guilt. For all those whose hopes and dreams are in tatters and for all who are in any kind of tribulation or distress.

Grant us compassion for all who suffer and help us to carry one another’s burdens, that we may fulfil the teaching of Christ.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Jesus said suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for therein lies the kingdom of heaven. Lord, we pray for all women and especially for our friend, Lucy, who will soon experience the miracle of giving birth.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose lives have been saddened by the death of someone close to them, for members of our families who have died and those we have known and loved.

Yesterday, we gathered here to celebrate the life of Rebecca Linden. We pray, Lord, that you will look after her in your home and, when you deem the time right, re-unite her with her family and bring them happiness together again.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious God, receive our thanks and praise for all who have served you faithfully here on earth, and especially those who have revealed to us your grace in Christ.

May we and all your people share the life and joy of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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

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SATURDAY 14th APRIL
FOUR ELMS VILLAGE HALL 9.30 AM
HEVER VILLAGE HALL 11 AM
MARKBEECH VILLAGE HALL 2 PM
Please bring own gloves and wear warm / sturdy clothing. All other equipment provided.
Refreshments, fresh air and light exercise also provided!

SALE of HOUSE CONTENTS

on SUNDAY 8th APRIL 2018
from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
in MARK BEECH VILLAGE HALL

Includes
Some DANISH & AFRICAN Items, plus FURNITURE, PICTURES, PAINTINGS, RUGS, BEAUTIFUL WEAVINGS & TAPESTRIES, Knitting & Weaving WOOLS, CROCKERY, CUTLERY, ORNAMENTS, GLASSWARE, etc.

CASH or CHEQUES with BANK GUARANTEE CARDS Only ACCEPTED.

Please come along to see & buy some beautiful hand made items, useful items and lots of “treasured” items from a lovely family home.

Hever Hort Spring Show

HEVER HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Saturday 7th April 2pm – 4pm
Spring Show

Entry cards to be collected from 8.30am to 10am.
Staging must be completed by 10.15am, judging commences at 10.30am
Admission by donation. Children under 12 years free

Exhibitors must give notice of their entries to the Show Secretary by 6pm on the Wednesday before the Show Day of the classes in which they intend to exhibit.

TROPHIES
The Alan Townsend Cup presented for the most points in classes 8 to 20
The Barker Perpetual Challenge Cup presented for the best entry in class 1
The Ann Bellamy Award presented for the best exhibit in the flower arranging classes 29 to 31
The Paynter Cup presented for the best exhibit in the children’s classes
The Mavis Seal Salver presented for the highest number of points in the domestic classes 34 to 37

If you are new in the parish and want more information on how to enter please get in touch with Jan Tolfree jan.tolfree13@btinternet.com

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.

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Hever Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 31st March, St Peter’s Church, Hever

Children great and small are welcome to come hunting eggs in St Peter’s churchyard (in the church if wet) on Saturday before Easter at 10.30am. Plentiful coffee and cake for the adults….

The hunt is sponsored by St Peter’s church and the Hever Residents Association and is free!

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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.

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LENT LUNCHES

They take place on Tuesdays from 12 until 2pm alternating between Markbeech and Hever Village Halls.

All you need to do is let Rev Wendy or a Church Warden know that you are coming so that we can make sure there is enough soup in the pot!

There is no charge – and we can arrange a lift if you would like.

The success of the first lunch has been such that I wonder whether there is scope for a monthly Benefice Lunch Club. Do let me or your Wardens know if you think it would be a good idea.

There is no talk or address, just lots of chatter as friendships are rekindled.

Markbeech Book Fair 2018

Markbeech Village Hall on Saturday 17th March 10:30am until 3pm.

Come and browse and buy second-hand books!There will be a Children’s Corner. Refreshments available include homemade soup, tea and cakes – all in aid of Holy Trinity, Markbeech.

Books wanted! We are now collecting good quality books and DVDs for this event, so start cleaning those shelves!

Anna Hopwood annamart23@gmail.com / 01342 850 690

Gemma Wilkinson gemmabein@doctors.org.uk / 07788 553 867

Rector’s Letter March 2018

Are you having a ‘good Lent’? That might seem a rather strange question, when we have been working hard at giving up something, or even engaging in some extra reading.

#LiveLent is a Church of England initiative that invites us in the course of our busy lives to Pause, Pray and Witness – exploring what ‘witness’ really means. In their introduction, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York remind us that “Jesus is not the only one called the light of the world …. He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’ To witness is to let your light shine … to bring his light to others.” This is what witness is – and that is what our Lent Lunches are! Why not join us? There is no talk or address, just lots of chatter as friendships are rekindled. They take place on Tuesdays from 12noon until 2pm alternating between Markbeech and Hever Village Halls – all you need to do is let me or a Church Warden know so that we can make sure there is enough soup in the pot! There is no charge – and we can arrange a lift if you would like. The success of the first lunch has been such that I wonder whether there is scope for a monthly Benefice Lunch Club. Do let me or your Wardens know if you think it would be a good idea.

Easter will arrive as March comes to an end, and it reminds me that in times past, Lent was used as a time of preparation for Baptism and Confirmation, with the service taking place as part of the Easter liturgy. It doesn’t always work quite like that today, and I am delighted that here in the Benefice there are some Baptisms planned for April as part of the Easter season. But it started me thinking ….. It is some years now since we last prepared a group of people for Confirmation. There are a couple of 2018 Confirmation dates for our Deanery in July and October, and it would be lovely to present some candidates from our Benefice. Generally, Confirmation is for those aged over 11 years. So, if you have been thinking about Confirmation, or would like to explore what it means, please contact me so that we can talk about what it means to take this step.

May the faith you confirm
Be your key
To open the doors to….
Hope, joy, love, and peace.
Guard it well and keep it close.
This precious key will set you free
And always guide you HOME.
(Adapted from of a prayer written by Annabel Cruz for her God Daughter at her Confirmation)

And looking forward to Easter, I look forward to welcoming you whenever you can join us. So much is planned – and if you’re an early riser, come at 6am on Easter morning at Hever, when we greet the first light and go on to enjoy breakfast together.

Wendy Izod

Priest-in-charge