Category Archives: Four Elms

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!


Benefice Safeguarding Policy

The PCC’s of all our parishes in Hever, Markbeech and Four Elms operate under the guidelines laid down by the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults. The PCCs adopts the policy annually and receive regular updates throughout the year.

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

Our Commitments:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/ survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concern / allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Safeguarding Officer or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Service or the Police without delay.

Local contacts:

Markbeech Safeguarding Officer: Lucy Shrapnell West.

Mobile: 07740 300023 / email:

Hever and Four Elms Safeguarding Officer: Julie May.

Mobile: 07973581952 /email:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Janice Keen – 01634-560000 /

Other Helplines:

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop it Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

Christmas celebrations in our parish

Together with the Church Wardens of all our parishes, I send you my best wishes for a very happy, joy-filled and peaceful Christmas and 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you to any of the services that will be taking place in the Benefice. Come along with your family and friends – there are so many services to choose from, whether you like to sing carols or whether you are looking for some peace away from the hurly-burly of the season. You can be sure of a warm welcome at any of the services described overleaf.

We will hear the well-known nativity stories, about Mary and Joseph, stars, shepherds, angels and kings …. and remember that “Mary treasured these words and pondered these things in her heart”. As we celebrate Christ’s birth there is much for us, too, to ponder and treasure. Please come along and join our celebrations.

Saturday 15 December 2018

4:30pm             Meet in Henry VIII pub for Mulled wine and Mince Pies.

5pm                  Village Carols at St Peter’s, Hever. Traditional carols as well as some other familiar seasonal songs.


Sunday 16 December 2018

9:15am             Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity, Markbeech

11am                 Parish Communion at St Peter’s, Hever

5pm                  Pub Carols in The Kentish Horse, Markbeech


Friday 21 December 2018

7:00pm             Nine Lessons and Carols – a traditional service at St Peter’s, Hever, followed by

8:00pm             Carol Supper at Hever Village Hall (please call Elly Heard on 01732 86554 to book your supper)


Sunday 23 December 2018

11am                 Benefice Communion at St Peter’s, Hever

3pm                   Carols in the church garden at St Paul’s, Four Elms, accompanied by Edenbridge town Band. Afterwards there will be warming drinks and mince pies in the Parish Room

6pm                   Carol service at Holy Trinity, Markbeech, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Village Hall.


Monday 24 December 2018 – Christmas Eve

4:00pm             Crib and Carol Service for families at St Peter’s, Hever

11:30pm           Midnight Communion at St Peter’s, Hever


Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Christmas Day

9:15am             Christmas Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity, Markbeech

11:00am           Family Communion service at St Paul’s, Four Elms


Sunday 30 December 2018

11:00am           Benefice Communion at St Peter’s, Hever

The 11am Hever service has been moved to Four Elms

Dear all, the new heating system has not been fully installed in St Peter’s Hever and therefore the 11am Hever services has been moved to Four Elms. Our Priest-in-Charge asked us all to come to St Paul’s Four Elms where we can  all be warm and comfortable this Sunday. The Evensong at Four Elms has been cancelled and there will be only one service in St Paul’s Four Elms this Sunday, at 11am.

Please join us for the 11am Parish Communion at St Paul’s this coming Sunday.

10am Service moved to FE

All Souls Service of reflection

St Paul’s Four Elms

On All souls day, which this year falls on Friday, 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 6.30pm in St Paul’s, Four Elms. 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.


Saturday 14th July from 1pm

Family day out, steam engines, pony rides, local arts and crafts, schools stalls, THE maze, vintage vehicles, beer tent, cakes, a Spitfire flypast by the Battle of Britain, something for all the family. Come along and support your village community!

Calling all bakers, get your apron on and create that winning showstopper…

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