We look forward to seeing you at St Paul’s, Four Elms this Sunday 11am. There will be an Inspired Children Club, so that parents can join the main service and the little ones will be creating a nice present for mum!
This year we celebrated the 20th Grand Hever Quiz. It was a capacity gathering with 190 guests, both local and more distant – north of the Thames no less!
Our main sponsors were Harwood Landrover and The Hever Castle Golf Club; the rounds and Table Top Teaser were all sponsored by local businesses too which makes the event a truly community affair. The Fundraising Committee extend the most grateful thanks for the generosity shown by all our supporters. We were delighted to welcome the well known man of magic Robert Pound who provided entertainment at the tables and we give a huge Thank-You to the donors of raffle prizes. Yet again we are greatly indebted to Gerry Ryan for the superb sound system which is so vital to the event.
Most importantly we give our sincere thanks to Hever Castle for allowing us to hold the Quiz in the Guthrie Pavilion and to Paul and his team for all their hard work in making the evening so enjoyable.
We are all celebrating the amazing total profit of just over £3000. This is a tremendous result for church funds especially bearing in mind that it costs about £134 per day to keep St Peter’s Church open. So, many thanks to all involved.
Ellie Heard and the Fundraising Committee
This Saturday it’s Markbeech Book Fair! Come and browse and buy second-hand books! Markbeech Village Hall on Saturday 18th March 10:30am until 3pm. There will be a Children’s Corner. Refreshments available include homemade soup, tea and cakes – all in aid of Holy Trinity.
Not sure whether to give something up this Lent?
Come along to the Benefice Lent Group instead and join in the discussion!
As an experiment this year, beginning on Sunday 5th March, our Lent Group will meet on 5 Sunday afternoons from 4:30pm until 5:30pm, in the hope that the new time will appeal to a wider group of people. Some ‘customer research’ has revealed that evenings aren’t convenient for some, who prefer a day-time meeting. Others can’t attend during weekday working hours, so we will see whether this works better
Using the Rochester Diocesan Lent programme, the sessions follow the journey of Jesus from his public ministry to the cross, using as a lens the crowds who accompany different stages of that journey. The sessions use the Gospel of St Matthew, which is the lectionary Gospel for this year. We begin at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, with the familiar passage from Matthew 28 sometimes called ‘the Great Commission’. We inevitably approach mission and discipleship from a post-resurrection perspective, and that is where we start this Lenten journey. We end by the well-sealed and guarded tomb, waiting for the power of God to break shackles and end death’s reign.
If you would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact Wendy Izod.
Heavenly Father, our beginning and our end,
who is always more ready to hear than we to pray,
be with us in our listening,
in our history and in our future
that we might see your work in the world about us
and seek your face in the communities we serve.
Rev Wendy Izod
A big well done and thank you to all who helped out! The garden looks so much better!
Find your gloves, grab your secateurs and come to help tidy up the overgrown garden at the Rectory!
There will be showers this weekend, but hopefully not between 12noon and 3pm.
See you there!
As Lent commences today we invite you all for our Imposition of Ashes service at St Paul’s Four Elms at 18:30pm.
We pray for the church. Almighty and ever-living god, in these times when our lives are busy and it is easy to turn to selfish thoughts and actions remind us that we are born in your image. May we use this in our thoughts each day to influence our behaviours. Help our churches and congregations find ways to navigate our ever complicated world and remain relevant. We pray that the leaders of our church open their minds to accept new ways of working to encourage spirituality and unity throughout our communities for many years to come.
We pray for the leaders of our nations. Almighty and ever living God, we can often find that our world makes little sense and our leaders make selfish and short sighted decisions. We pray that our governments, presidents and prime ministers break down the barriers with our neighbours, not build them. We echo the prayer of pope Francis that our leaders will be guided by rich spiritual and ethical values with a commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.
We pray for victims of conflict and wars throughout our world. Almighty and ever living god, we pray for those suffering from tyranny, evil and cruel regimes. We have learnt that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but this is not easy and we don’t always have the strength to do your will. Give courage to those who suffer and belief that there will be better times. May those who bring terror and pain to people throughout our world think of the damage and destruction they cause and find more peaceful ways to make their cause known.
We pray for our environment. Almighty and ever living god, as the seasons change and we see the new life of spring we are reminded of the beauty of nature. We pray that those in positions of power make decisions to protect our earth; businesses balance the environmental impact with profit in their operations; and each of us considers our individual impact in our daily lives making choices which protect the future of the earth and many generations to come.
We pray for the sick and those in need. Almighty and ever living god we pray for those in our community who are sick, suffering and in need at this time. We pray too for their families that they can provide strength and support to their loved ones, may they have hope through difficult times.
We pray for loved ones departed. Almighty and ever living God, we take a moment to think of and pray for those no longer with us.
by Louise Nightingale
Come along to our Café Church this Sunday at Hever School, at 11.30am. This week’s theme is ‘LOVE’ and we will have some fun activities for the whole family.
Café Church happens once a month at 11.30am, usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month alternating between the Hever School and the Parish Rooms in Four Elms.
Cafe Church is church with a difference. Seated round tables instead of sat in rows we drink coffee, eat croissants, pray and sing, while the children participating and having fun activities too. No-one worries if children don’t sit still!
This is a relaxed Church service and a great chance to catch up with other local parents. Join us!
Terry was Tower Captain of the bells for many years and he and Sandra provided tea and coffee after services at St Peter’s, Hever.
His funeral is on 2nd February at 12.30. Family flowers only, but donations to Hospice in the Weald, who cared for Terry so well in his last days.