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.
12 noon, Sunday 21st May, at the Rectory in Hever
After the Rogation walk at 10.15 from Markbeech we will depart to the Rectory in Hever for a ploughman’s lunch to support Christian Aid. Lunch costs only £5 per person.
Join in and help us raise valuable funds for deprived families! Christian Aid are changing lives for 60 years!
Easter – a time of excitement, promise and hope. Everywhere you turn there are signs of Spring, of new creation – new birth and new beginnings. The Easter egg symbolises new life, but also it is a reminder of the sealed tomb from where Jesus rose to a new life – a resurrected and transformed life. There are so many Easter traditions and games associated with eggs – egg hunts, egg rolling, egg colouring (with dyes and paints), and a new one for me – egg ‘jarping’, where contestants tap each other’s egg until one breaks. A good hit was called a ‘dunch’ – then the eggs were eaten – heaven for chocoholics!
Games like this can help us to recall that our Christian faith hinges on the reality of the Resurrection. Faith isn’t about facts and historical accuracy, it is about trust even when the evidence doesn’t seem to stack up. So, as we say on Easter morning “Christ is Risen. Alleluia!” it is a reminder that though the tomb in which Jesus was laid was laid was forbidding, cold and dark, this is not the end of the story – it is the beginning of a new story – a story of transformation, and it reminds us that nothing, not even death itself is out of the reach of God’s love and compassion and transformation.
Here is a very brief extract from a poem by J Crum ‘Love is come again’, a prayer reflecting on this transformation, something that is still necessary in the world of today:
When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain,
Thy touch may call us back to life again.
Throughout the Easter season there is so much happening on our Parishes (details in the centre pages), and I look forward to welcoming you whenever you can join us – even 6am on Easter morning is quite an experience! We greet the first light and go on to enjoy breakfast together.
I wish you a very happy and blessed Easter.
Priest in Charge
This Sunday celebrates the Conversion of St Paul the Patron Saint of Four Elms Church. We will have our patronal service to celebrate this day. This will be the sole service in the parish this Sunday, so please do come and can join us.
Here is a summary of all the Christmas services in the Benefice this year and there are lots of opportunities to enjoy singing carols!
Sunday 11th December
11.00am Café St Peter – Christingle, at Hever.
6.00pm Choral Carol Service – Markbeech. Mulled wine and mince pies in the village hall afterwards.
Friday 16th December
7.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols – Hever church – for the whole community
8.00pm Carol Supper in the village hall – contact the Hever churchwardens to book.
Sunday 18th December
3.00pm Carols in the church garden – Four Elms.
5.00pm Pub Carols in the Kentish Horse – a very jolly singalong.
Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December
10.30pm Midnight Communion Hever
Christmas Day Sunday 25th December
9.15 am Christmas Sung Eucharist – Markbeech
11.00am Christmas Day Communion – Four Elms
Check the diary for more details or last minute updates!