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Rogation walk Sunday

The annual family walk for Rogation Sunday takes place on Sunday, 26th May. This is a gentle walk around the Four Elms village, with stops for hymns and short prayers, at a field full of crops, gardens, by the river etc.

Meet at 2pm in the carpark opposite the St Paul’s church in Four Elms and ending up with a picnic tea at Margaret Bates house in Roodlands Lane.

Everyone is welcome, especially children, but it can be a bit muddy if the weather has been wet so please do wear suitable footwear!

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Christian Aid BIG BREKKIE

Wednesday 15th May, 8-9.30am
St Peter’s Hever

12th to 19th May will be Christian Aid Week. This year we are joining Christian Aid’s ‘Big Brekkie’. Please come to Hever Church on Wednesday 15th May from 8am to 9.30am before Morning Prayer. Enjoy Coffee & tea, with toast, croissants and pastries.

At the heart of Christian Aid is the commandment to ‘love your neighbour’- including not just those we see and meet most days, but also those who are in danger of being out of sight and out of mind further afield and in other parts of the world.
Please join us. This is the only Christian Aid event in the Benefice.

Prayers of intercessions 5 May Ana Roxburgh

Dear Lord, we thank you for bringing us into your home today, to this dear place to us, a place of peace and tranquillity, to worship, to give thanks for all the goodness in our lives, to pray for things that trouble us and to pray for us and our loved ones. We pray for Wendy and thank you for the leadership and teaching that she provides to us.

We pray for the church and its future. In this world where packaging seems more important than the content, we pray that we and our children stay true to ourselves and recognize the truth, that we continue to see the true meaning of Easter, Christmas and the house of God.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We seek your blessing for our Queen and all the Royal family, and give thanks for their long and devoted service to our country and the Commonwealth. We are grateful for all their work, their setting examples all over the world on how to preserve cultural and natural heritage. Today especially I would like to thank Prince Charles and the his organisation in Transylvania for restoring beautiful houses in that area, restoring old crafts and retraining the locals into these, for creating new job opportunities and for all the work that has gone into preserving the local natural environment.

May Charles lead the Commonwealth with the calm and wisdom of his mother, when his time comes.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we all have limits that keep us from something that we were meant to do, say or feel. Give us your strength and wisdom to overcome these, to choose the right way, to not be afraid of doing what we believe is right. Let us feel your presence and your support in everything that we do and feel.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

God of hope, we pray for all those undertaking challenges, for those who worry, for those who suffer, those who fear. We pray that we might find solidarity in our shared struggles, comfort and ways forward to deal with whatever life throws at us.

We pray for people in our community…. For those that give their time to organise events for others to enjoy and for those who support and participate in them. May these bring the community closer together and to you.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we pray that more of us choose to live more sustainable lives, guided by three simple rules: take care of the environment, take care of other people and take care of our selves. A sustainable, conscientious life can feel a bit daunting at times, but we can make such a difference to our world if we choose to draw near to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

As the Chiddingstone Literature Festival takes place this weekend we pray for all writers, illustrators and creative people. We pray that people will continue to love books, write, educate themselves and cherish creativity everywhere.

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

INTERCESSIONS Nick Irens – SUNDAY 14 APRIL

 As our church sets out along the last few days to Easter, we put all our thoughts and worries and hopes into the hands of God. You may like to hold your own hands in front of you as you pray.

We pray for the life of our church in Markbeech, your faithful servant Wendy and all who serve to the benefit of our community.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 We place into the hand of God, a world that needs peace, a world that needs wisdom and a world that needs healing. We pray for our Queen, the leaders of every nation, the poor of our own and every land, and those without a home and who live in fear and hunger.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

We place into the hands of God, our families and friends, our neighbours, those who work in our village and those who teach us at school.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, as a child you enjoyed the happiness and security of your home in Nazareth, and in your teaching gave blessing to small children. We pray that you hold all our children in your love and protection. Help them to enjoy a happy childhood, to love and share with others, and so be ready to take their places in the world

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, as we look ahead to the suffering of Jesus, both the anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane and the pain on the cross, so we pray for all those who are sick, the lonely, the housebound and those facing an uncertain future.

We pray for those that we know who are in special need at this time, as we share a moment of silence together.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We place into the hands of God, all those who have died and pray that they may be surrounded by God’s love and rest peacefully in his heavenly garden.

We pray for those left behind with their grief and memories of times past. Heavenly father, we ask you to comfort them with the understanding that beyond all good and evil, lies your garden where they will meet their loved ones once again.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 Heavenly Father, in the days and weeks ahead let us offer:

Our lives to live as you would have us live,

Our hands to do your work,

Our feet to go where you send,

Our eyes to see as you would see,

Our tongues to speak as you would speak,

And our hearts to share your love.

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

Markbeech Book Fair 23rd March

Come to the Markbeech Book Fair on Saturday 23rd March and pick up a bagful of bargain holiday reads. 10.30am till 3pm in Markbeech Village Hall, Cowden Pound Road. Coffees, teas, cakes, lunches available, it’s all very sociable. A huge selection of paperbacks to choose from, plus children’s books, coffee table curiosities, cook books, gardening books and lots, lots more.

Hope to see you there!