Category Archives: Markbeech

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.

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Palm Sunday Procession & Service

This year’s Palm Sunday Procession and Service will be in Markbeech. We will be gathering at 10.45am and the Benefice service will start at 11am. Please join us for the service leading to the Holy Week.

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!

Prayers of intercession Nicki Talbot 3 March 2019

Heavenly Father, we come together today to worship, sing and pray to you knowing that you are here with us in the peace of this precious church. We come here knowing that our frailties, needs and desires are known by you and we pray that the choices we make in our day to day lives are made wisely always keeping the teaching of your son, Jesus Christ at the centre of our existence.

Lord in your mercy

Dear Lord, let us pray for all those serving you within the Church of England. In this parish we give thanks for the commitment and faithful presence of Wendy and all who support her work by keeping your vibrant and joyful spirit alive in our community. At a time when many question the relevance of the Church, give us the presence to be witnesses in the world. Witnesses that strengthen the presence of Christ in our communities. Help us to be the answer to those questions of relevance by what we do and what we are known for.
Make us a welcoming body of Christ here at Holy Trinity so when people think about this Church they think about the real church, the people of God who worship here.

Lord in your mercy

We give thanks, Lord, for the beauty and diversity of our world and the universe that holds it. We give thanks for the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers that provide us not only with fish to eat but pleasure to the senses. Help us, Lord, to take our share of responsibility for their care.

Lord in your mercy

Lord, we pray for all those who have lost their way and been side-tracked, all who are living below their potential or their abilities, all whose lives are unfulfilled, all those who are restricted by oppression or illness; we remember the chronically ill, those in constant pain, the depressed and the despairing. In this parish we pray especially for Len and Jill Linden. We pray for all those on the Benefice Prayer list. Let us take a moment of quiet to bring to mind all those close to us who need your presence, Lord, at this time. We pray for all who are coming to the end of their journey here on earth and pray that they may come into your presence and kingdom. Help us to release these souls to you in the full knowledge that they will find peace at last in your eternal care.

Lord in your mercy

God of all love, we pray for the souls of all those now departed. We pray especially for the soul of Tina Jobson and ask you to be with Trevor, Kerry and Gary at this difficult time as they adjust to life without her. Lead us to a new and deeper faith in your love, which brought your only son Jesus through death into resurrection life. Look with pity on the suffering of all families enduring loss, sustain them in their anguish; and into the darkness of their grief bring the light of your love.

Lord in your mercy

God of love, turn our hearts to your ways; and give us peace.
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

Intercessions 9th December Nick Irens

Lord God, as once again 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 in Bethlehem. Grant that all who come into our church this Christmas, may renew their relationship with you and rejoice in the birth of Jesus.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for our Church here in Markbeech; for your faithful servant Wendy, and all who serve to the benefit of our community.
Lord, your Church is so full of possibility and yet so vulnerable. It is needed more than ever by our troubled world and yet is often so weak. Stiffen the resolve, we pray, of every member of this church and increase our sense of purpose, so that we may, with renewed vigour, promote the love and hope that belongs in all Christian people.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Living God, we pray for peace in the world and an end to violence. Remind us that we share your world with others, many less fortunate than we are and who may be resentful. Help us to understand their frustration and work for a more equal distribution of your abundant gifts.
We ask that you bestow on our leaders and politicians a desire to work for the good of all and not just to promote their own self-interest. At this moment of destiny for our nation, give our leaders wisdom and clarity of judgement, to make good the mess they have led us into. May they be guided by the teaching of Christ and his disciples, without which our society will lose all sense of direction.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord, bless our families and friends and all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ together and love one another as he loves us. Help us to make our homes places of trust and forgiveness, places of sharing, places of peace and goodwill, and unite us all in our praise of you.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you enjoyed the happiness and security of your home in Nazareth and in your ministry gave blessing to small children. We ask that you hold all our children in your love and protection. Help them in their days of childhood to share with others, and so be ready to take their places in the world.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our Father, we pray for those who are sick, who are anxious, sorrowful, or in any kind of need at this time. We remember them now in the quietness of our hearts.
We know that you love them and know their every need far better than we do. We ask that you bless them with your love and reassurance.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, we pray for those who have died in the faith of Christ. We thank you for the joy of sharing our lives with them.
We pray for those who mourn. Open their minds that they may find a new direction in life, and grant them the comfort of your presence.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, be with us throughout this Advent season.
Take away our greed and teach us to give as you gave,
Show us your ways, teach us your paths,
That we may walk with you more closely,
Our hand in your hand,
Our feet in your footsteps,
From the baby in a stable and on into eternity.

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

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

Intercessions 7 Oct 2018 by Nick Irens

In the fading summer sun and shortening days,
cooling breeze, swallows flight, moonlight rays.
In the browning leaves and morning mist,
autumn chill, fruit that falls, frost’s first kiss.
We see the Creator’s hand.

Creator God, as you have blessed the Church with abundant grace, keep her faithful in the offering of word and sacrament, knowing all things come from you and return to you. Send out your labourers to gather the harvest of the world, that all may know the riches of your love.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labours of those who harvest them. We pray for all those who bring in the harvest, our farmers and their families, for all those employed in the processing, transport and retail of food, and we pray for a more just distribution of your bounty throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we remember and pray for those for whom the harvest has failed, who watch their children starve and who have an uncertain future. We pray for those suffering from natural disasters; in particular, we pray for those caught in last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and we pray for the relief agencies and aid workers in their efforts to help them.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, you have given your people a rich land, yet by our sin we have abused it and made a world of greed and sorrow. We are heartily sorry for our negligence in harming your creation and pray that you will help us change our ways. We pray for those who suffer the consequences of our selfishness, that they may come to share our life of comfort and plenty.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for all those engaged in medical research. Prosper the work of their searching minds, that their labour may be for the welfare of us all.

We pray for all those who are sick, remembering those who are in hospital or nursing homes and those who care for them. Through your abundant love may they find comfort and hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, your son Jesus Christ is the first fruit of the resurrection and will reap the harvest of the dead in the autumn of their years. We pray that when our time comes, he will gather us together with our loved ones who have gone before, in his garden of joy and happiness.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, as we leave this church today we ask that your guiding hand may be upon our lives and all those we meet in the days and weeks ahead. Inspire us with your spirit, that those who have, may readily share with those who have not.

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

Intercessions July – Flora Nedelcu

Heavenly Father, we pray for our minds to be stilled and our hearts to be wide open.

We are fellow travellers in a river of faith that has flowed in this place since the foundation of Markbeech church and we ask for strength, guidance and joy in our journey of hope.

We pray for the church, congregations across the world, and we ask for your blessing on this church and parish. We thank you for the inspiring devotion of Wendy and our church wardens and we ask your blessing upon them.

Lord in your mercy….

Lord, we pray for peace in this turbulent world. We pray for truth, so often discarded. We pray for the courage to be truthful to ourselves, to speak the truth as we see it, to speak your truth, and to stand up for the truth in both public and private life.  We ask for your blessing on our Queen, and for your guidance for the leadership of our country and for the communities it contains.

Lord in your mercy…

Lord we remember those whom we grieve for, as we remember those amongst us who mourn.  We bring the living to you those known to us who suffer hurts of the body or the mind. We ask for your comfort and the healing balm of your love, for ourselves and for each other.

Lord in your mercy…

Lord we pray for our local community, the parish and churches of Markbeech, Hever and Four Elms, we ask your blessing on all who live and worship here and on the beautiful land that sustains us. We pray that we are always welcoming to those who come to visit our church, our community, the woods and walks. We pray in this long hot summer for our farmers and gardeners, who grow food and beauty in good measure to nourish us.

Merciful father, accept these prayers…..