Category Archives: Hever

Come and meet our new Rural Dean

Invitation

Evensong 4pm at St Peter’s Hever

Please come and meet our new Rural Dean, Miriam Barker, who will be preaching at Evensong 4pm on 10th March at St Peter’s Hever. Tea and cakes in the church afterwards.

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Prayers of intercession Ana Roxburgh 3 March 2019

Holy God as we near the beginning of our Lenten journey, let us become mindful of the suffering that your son Jesus Christ endured for us. We pray that our sacrifice of giving up a small pleasure and our prayers will make us fit to welcome him with open hearts in our homes at Easter.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord forgive our words towards others if they have not always been kind. Let our voices speak out with compassion and calm and our words to offer encouragement. Help us let go of negative thoughts, soften our hearts and pray before we speak.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for our church, the Ministry of Wendy and all those with whom we share this service here today.

Bless Elisabeth our Queen and Prince Philip, for the symbol of duty, strength and unity that they are.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, in this troubled world, when we lay down at night we can’t get our minds to slow down. We keep thinking about today, worrying about tomorrow. Please help us relax and give us rest. Help us think clearly and stay focused. Please dissolve our thoughts of stress and fear and take us to a place of inner peace. Let the gift of your peace come into our hearts and remain with us.

Please help the world leaders to do the same, help them to see through your eyes, to bring peace and solutions to this troubled world of ours.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In today’s social media driven world, we pray for our children that they stay firm in their faith and beliefs, and that they surround themselves with positive influences. We pray that they may strive to be the best, kind and truth loving people; that they will make the right choices and be positive impacts on the world around them.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those less fortunate than us, hungry people, hurt, oppressed, sick people, people without a roof over their head, for the lonely and for everyone who has lost someone they love.

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

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: lucyshrapnellwest@gmail.com

Hever and Four Elms Safeguarding Officer: Julie May.

Mobile: 07973581952 /email: juliemay73@hotmail.co.uk

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Janice Keen – 01634-560000 / janice.keen@rochester.anglican.org

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

Candlemas 3rd February 11am Hever

Let’s celebrate the light!

Dear all, on February 3rd we are celebrating Candlesmas. Please bring along any candles that you might like to be blessed as part of our 11am Parish Communion Service at St Peter’s Hever. There is also a 9.15am Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity Markbeech.

Candlemas dates back to the fifth century to commemorate Jesus being brought to the temple in Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph 40 days after he was born. The presentation of Jesus in the temple, according to the Gospel of Luke, saw Jesus met by Anna and Simeon, with the latter holding Jesus aloft and calling him the “Light of the World.”

Candlemas also marks the ritual purification of Mary, which was completed by bringing Jesus to the temple. In Jewish tradition, a woman is seen as being unclean after the birth of a child and must wait 40 days after giving birth to a boy and 60 days for a girl before returning to the temple where they can be purified.

Candlemas is a time of year when the lengthening of daylight hours becomes noticeable and most of us know it as Groundhog Day. It marks the midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, which is a good cause of celebration!

Intercessions Ana Roxburgh Jan 6th 2019

Heavenly Father, as we near the end of our Christmas celebrations, let us reflect on all the good wishes that we sent out and those that we have received at the end of the year. May we stay true to our belief in our church and hope for a better world, may all our acts of kindness over Christmas continue during the year. Grant us Lord God to find your endless love in our hearts and to spread it wherever we go.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear Christ, as the kings laid their gifts at your feet, we come before you today to lay our gifts of devotion to you and to your church, we bring with us all our good thoughts, plans and hopes for a new year. Help us to have open minds, to remain non judgmental and alert to new possibilities.

Dear God, please reach into the hearts of all leaders so that they might see themselves as the kings that kneeled in front of your son. Open their eyes to the needs of our world and give them wisdom to work together and stop promoting the interests of anyone threatening our world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for our church, the Ministry of Wendy and all those who bring us together in your sight, guide them in the organization of our church in the year ahead..

Bless Elisabeth our Queen and Prince Philip, give them health and continued wisdom in the year ahead…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father of new beginnings, grant us to leave behind anything that troubled us in the past and bring with us everything that makes us happy in the new year.

In this troubled world: awake in us positive thinking; strengthen us and unite us; help us see things through your eyes and to find solutions to problems that trouble us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of life, we thank you for all the sunrises, trees, lakes and seas, stars and wildlife. We see you in everything that surrounds us and this reminds us how big the universe is, and how insignificant most of our problems are.

We pray for those less fortunate than us, hungry people, hurt, oppressed, sick people, people without a roof over their head, and everyone who has lost someone they love.

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

Intercessions December 23rd 2018 Ana Roxburgh

We pray for our church here at Hever, for our local community, for our wonderful priest Wendy and for all those who worked hard this year for the benefit of our community.

In this troubled world: awake in us positive thinking; strengthen us and unite us; help us see things through your eyes and to find solutions to problems that trouble us. Help us to genuinely care and love our neighbor; to trust and forgive each othe; to live in peace with ourselves and one another.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, as we prepare for Christmas, help us to find time in our busy lives, to reflect upon the wonder of the first coming of your Son to us, and rejoice in His birth. Grant all of us that come into Your church this Christmas, that we may renew our relationship with You and find peace in our hearts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, as we are planning gifts and hoping to receive some as well, make us mindful of the gifts You have given to us, and help us appreciate and care for them and never to take for granted what you have provided.

We pray for those less fortunate than us, hungry people, hurt, oppressed, sick people, people without a roof over their head, and everyone who has lost someone they love. We pray this morning for those lost, hurt and bereaved in the Indonesian tsunami. We are all your children, please guide us to find ways to alleviate and end suffering.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of life, remind us that we share the world you have created for us with one another and that we need to take care of it. Please help people see that the climate change issue is real, that animals and people all over the world are suffering, and that the time has come for every one of us to help restore our world and stop our own self destruction.

Please give the all the leaders in the world vision to solve this massive problem, give them wisdom to work together and stop promoting the interests of anyone harming the planet.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord, as we welcome the birth of your son in our lives, we think about all children and the joy that they share on the wonder of Christmas. Bless them Lord, help them grow healthy and curious, brave and positive, inspire them to create, to learn, to challenge themselves and make new discoveries, help them be better than us and bring harmony into this world.

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

Grand Hever Quiz Sat 26th January

Saturday 26th January 7.30am
Guthrie Pavilion, Hever Castle

Grand Hever Quiz 2019

Seven rounds of brain stretching (but not too stretching) questions with tables of ten competing for the trophy…
The menu: • Boeuf Bourguignon or Confit Byaldi • Sticky toffee pudding and clotted cream ice cream, • Cheese and biscuits, • Tea and coffee.
• Cash bar • Raffle
Quiz starts at 7.30pm sharp. Doors open at 6.45pm
Carriages 10.30pm approx.

Tickets are £25.

Everyone is welcome and you can book anything from one ticket upwards and we will find you a place on a table.

To book, please visit http://www.bookitbee.com/hever/ or from Mandy Yarnold 01342 850028