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!
This Sunday there will be one service in each of the churches in our Parish, something for everyone. Join us!
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 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
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!
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!