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Prayers of Intercession MB 15 October

Heavenly Father, we come together in this peaceful place to feel your presence within us, hear these words of comfort and joy and to give thanks for all that we are blessed with in our lives.  We thank you Lord for the beauty of this place and the seasons that we are so lucky to enjoy .  We thank you for the soil that grows our crops, the grass that feeds our animals and the trees that feed the air.  Help us to hold the principles of good ecological management in our hearts, Lord, in caring for this land for future generations. 

Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

Dear Lord, we give thanks for our friends, family and community in Markbeech, Hever and Four Elms and for the pleasure of our Harvest festivities.  We give thanks for the committed and spiritual leadership of Wendy.  Lord, Guide us to be more sensitive to the needs of our neighbours and in our dealings with each other, teach us to listen, and teach us to forgive.  Teach us to understand, and teach us to love. 

Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

Heavenly father, we give thanks for Jill’s recovery from her operation and we pray that her faith in you, Lord, continues to be strong and carries her through the treatment that is now to follow.  We pray too for Len that his leg may be healed and that he may be made strong again to enjoy his remaining years in full health.  We pray for all others suffering poor health, please call out the names of those close to you so that we can take a moment to pray for them as well: …

We pray too, for ourselves and remember the comforting words of Paul:  ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Dear Lord, we pray for a troubled world and for all those less fortunate than ourselves.  Today, let us pray especially for refugees and those seeking a better way of life.  We give thanks for the recent rescue of over 600 people from Africa and for the 150,000 migrants that are being cared for by non-profit aid groups in Italy and Greece.  We pray Lord for their safety and for our compassion in their plight.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly father, we remember all those that we have loved who are now in your tender care.  Help us to keep the good memories of our time together sweet, and to allow sour memories to be buried.

Merciful Father …

Nicola Talbot

Church warden at Holy Trinity Markbeech


Visit to Hever Church

A group from Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tooting, London visited St Peter’s Hever a few weeks ago. They have sent us a letter and some pictures that we would very much like to share with you.
“We enjoyed our visit to St Peter’s Church very much last Saturday – thank you.  There was time for everyone to have a good look round and then we had prayers before setting off for Chiddingstone and Penshurst finishing at Leigh.  Here are some photos of us taken inside and outside the church.
IMG_5762 The HT Walkers at St. Peter_s Church, Hever-1
IMG_5764 The HT Walkers at St. Peter_s Church, Hever-1
We couldn’t have had better weather – warm sunshine most of the way with only one, fairly short-lived, shower very near the end of the walk.  Last year we had rain from beginning to end so it was quite a relief!”

Vacancy on Hever Parish Council

There is a Vacancy on Hever Parish Council – for a Councillor who can represent the views of those living / working in Four Elms and also work with the planning committee. We are a friendly and pro active parish Council. Meetings are approx. once every 2 months in the evenings. Please contact the clerk ( for more information or with any queries. Our next meeting is 18th July 7.30pm Hever Village Hall.

Nicola Talbot’s May Link magazine letter

We have a lot of family chat around our house that regularly comes back to the question of my seemingly unerring faith in God. One discussion started thus: “So, Granny, I think all those Greek gods were much more interesting – what’s wrong with them and how can you just believe in ‘God’?”

I didn’t have an instant answer, of course, probably replying ‘I just do’. But now I’ve thought about it a bit more, so here’s my answer. The stories of the Greek gods were spread by word and they were indeed fantastic. According to ancient philosophy the first appearance of a single God was not in Jewish scripture but in the writings of the Greek philosopher Plato who wrote in the early 4th century BC, who took his ideas from Thales. Plato proposed that nature can be explained by reference to a single unitary principle that pervades everything.

To cut a long story short, along came St Paul and convinced the Greeks into a monotheistic, one god above all religion. How did he do that? Well, there are many great and learned essays that can help us understand. But I go for the simplest, and always return to my garden for the answer. We know from observing our gardens that nature is indeed regular but we are also aware of mutations in that regularity some for the good and some for the worse. St Paul taught that faith extols everything and has the ability to overturn regularity.

As Jesus told Doubting Thomas “Blessed are those who believe without seeing”. So I return to my original answer: I just do (believe, that is).

Nicki Talbot

Church warden

Holy Trinity, Markbeech


Hever Christmas Fair 2016

A big THANK YOU to everyone who baked, helped set up, tidied up, shopped, sponsored and came to support our Christmas Fair at Hever Castle & Gardens! Once again we managed to raise over £5,000 for our local church and school and we are really pleased with the result! Thank you, thank you all!!!!

Bishopscourt Open Garden day

On Saturday 14th May the lovely gardens of the residence of the Bishop of Rochester will be open to the public in support of Christian Aid.

Bishopscourt Open Garden for Christian Aid at Bishopscourt, 24 St Margaret’s Street, Rochester, ME1 1TS
Saturday 14th May, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Entry £2.00
Plant sale, teas with homemade cakes, Christian Aid stand.
Come and relax in this lovely garden, children and dogs welcome.Enquiries to Bridget Langstaff 07816 828439

Letter from Kondoa

For those who don’t know, Kondoa is a diocese in Tanzania, with whom we have formed a friendship. Bishop Given the Bishop of Kondoa visited us last year.
We regularly get news from Kondoa via Sue Chalkley who liaises with them.
She has just sent us this, forwarding a report from from Kondoa.

” We have received a report and photos from Kondoa (photos attached) about the distribution of food to the villages and also some information about ‘the essence of cultivation season” (attached for your information).

The following criteria were used in the distribution of food:

  • The critically drought affected families with no food stock at the time of distribution, 85% of their fields had been totally wilted by the past drought.
  • Households with no livestock mostly headed by single and aged women
  • Vulnerable households and group of people eating less than one meal per day.

I have been asked to pass on many greetings from the people of Kondoa and Bishop:

Thank you so much for this very great food assistance, God bless you so much “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the World. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me food………….” Matthew 25:34-35

To date, £18,400 has been sent to Kondoa. In total £21,264 was donated, so there is still some money to transfer and also the gift aid where this is applicable. The Bishop intends to use this for a project that will help people save food and money in years of good harvest. I will pass on further information about this as and when we know more.
In the meantime, and separately, there is a consultant paediatrician who has been working in an Arusha hospital for the past few years. Her sister happens to live in Paddock Wood, so when she has leave and visits her sister, she comes to St Andrew’s and over time we have become friends. When she was here last year I told her about the drought but she was not seeing any particular signs of it in the hospital – last year about 2 children out of every 20 were malnourished.
She is here again now and, when she saw a six month old baby in church on Easter Sunday, she commented that our baby weighed about the same as a two or three year old child that she would see in hospital. Now, more than 10 of every 20 children presenting are malnourished – clearly the effects of hunger take time to work through. She says parents bring their children to hospital with, say, pneumonia and then when the staff peel off the many layers of clothes, they see the condition of the child underneath.
She showed me some photos which I found quite distressing. Despite this, I attach two of them for your information – but please only open the attachment if you are prepared to see very thin children. I have decided to attach the photos because they underline that the situation was very severe and possibly more severe than most of us had understood. God knew though and the wonderfully generous response no doubt saved lives as well as showing the love of Jesus to many people.
with my love and thanks


PS Please do keep an eye on the Kondoa Diocese website which is kept up to date with the latest news:”