Looking at angels

From the National Gallery, two beautiful little films about angels in art.



Markbeech Christmas Bazaar 

All around the village people are preparing! Jars are being labelled, spices are steeping, supplies are being gathered so that all is ready for Saturday at noon. Come and make our efforts worthwhile by joining us at our annual bazaar. Buy some yummy goodies, get ahead on your Christmas presents and save on making lunch by enjoying a delicious quiche or home made soup.  


Nine Lesson and Carols

The ever-popular services of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Peter’s Hever will take place at 7pm on Friay 15th December.

As in previous years it will be followed by a Carol Supper in the Village Hall. Please come and join us for a 2 course meal.
Tickets for the supper are £10 per person, please book by Thursday 14th by calling Ellie Heard on 01732 865564. Please let her know if you require a vegetarian meal.



Saturday 25th November, 7pm
Markbeech Village Hall

A fun evening. £10 for chilli supper and a racecard.

RSVP by email to John Green jrgreen@tinyworld.co.uk
By telephone 01732 865934

Or cheque made payable to Markbeech Village Hall and sent to: John Green, Tregarth, Crouch House Road, Edenbridge, TN8 5EE

It’s going to be fun! RSVP so we know that you are coming!



Intercessions 19 Nov Andrew Russell

The Church

Oh God, We pray for the Christian Church throughout the world, as it seeks to support all those who believe in the divinity of Christ and his message.

Locally we thank you, God, for your influence in building up our Christian communities over the last thousand years or more.

We thank you for this rich heritage and for all those who have sought to propagate your message now and in the past.

We pay tribute and give thanks for Wendy’s ministry and for all those who hold office in our three parishes.    Give them strength in their mission to care for and preach the Gospel to young and old alike.

Lord in your mercy…..hear our prayer

The Queen and those in leadership roles

We seek your blessing, Oh Lord, on the Queen and all the Royal family, and give thanks for their long and devoted service to our country and the Commonwealth.

We give thanks for all those who serve the Country in the armed forces and remember with gratitude all those who have laid down their lives in the past for the peace and security we all enjoy today.

May your values support and inform those entrusted to the Government of our Country at this difficult time.

Lord in your mercy…..hear our prayer

The Local Community

We thank, Oh God, you for all who hold a leadership role in our local community….for the Headmistress and staff at our local Church of England Primary School, …..for those who lead the Parish Council and Residents Association,…. and all those who give of their time and energy to support the old and frail in our community.

We pray especially for the sick in our midst, remembering  those on our prayer sheet and  those You hold in your own prayers.   And we seek your support for all those in the caring professions…. who administer to them….the Doctors and Nursing Staff and those in the allied professions.   Give them compassion and understanding in their work. ….We pray especially for wisdom in those who are charged with the care and development of the Health Service at a time of rising need and financial constraint.

We thank you, Oh God, for all the blessings we enjoy in our lives here,  for the beauty and tranquillity of our surroundings, for the love and companionship of our friends, for our warm homes, good food, and the richness of much modern culture.  We pray You would  Protect our young people from the dangers of some of the modern media.

Lord in your mercy…..hear our prayer

 Those who have died recently and all those who mourn.

Oh God, we thank you for the lives of our friends and family who we see no more,  and thank you for the love and care they gave us in our lifetime.   May their example be an inspiration in our lives as we all strive for a more just society both locally and throughout the world.

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


Saturday 2nd December 6pm

St. Paul’s Church, Four Elms

Following their successful concert last year, the Saint Martin’s Singers are returning to Four Elms Church with an interesting and varied programme designed to look forward through the window of Advent, through song and contributions from professional actors.

Tickets  £10 available from

Gill Lambert   01732  862976

Leslie Griggs  01732  700428

FE Advent concert

Intercessions’ Guide

It is lovely to hear different people lead the prayers at our services. Every one brings their own perspective, hopes and concerns. Leading the prayers is a wonderful form of ministry, and we all appreciate it. What happens effectively is that the leader enables the congregation to share in offering prayer as he or she gives voice to their own prayers and thanksgivings.

So far as intercessions are concerned, ‘one size’ does not fit all, and while there are some guidelines in this document, each person is free to develop their own pattern and wording. One of the few ‘rules’ is that intercessions should be quite short – no more than 5 minutes! But you will find other hints and tips here, too.

The purpose of this guide is to offer help to different people, including –

  • those who have been asked to join the team, but are new to the idea and feel at a loss about where/how to start;
  • those who have some experience but might like to think through different forms;
  • those who have been doing it for years and simply would like to review their approach;

If you have been asked already, I hope these notes are helpful. If you are considering the idea or would like to volunteer, please call me, I would love to hear that there are more people who would like to join the team! The more people who lead our intercessions, the more occasional will be the need.

Please click HERE to see the INTERCESSIONS’ GUIDE.

Advent Concert

Saturday 2nd December

St Paul’s Four Elms

Following their successful concert last year, the Saint Martin’s Singers are returning to Four Elms Church with an interesting and varied programme designed to look forward through the window of Advent, through song and contributions from professional actors.
Tickets £10 available from
Gill Lambert 01732 862976
Leslie Griggs 01732 700428

Prayers of Intercession 29 October

Prayers written by Martyrs of the Reformation

For the universal church by Archbishop Land 1573

Gracious Father, we humbly beseech Thee for the universal church. Fill it with all truth; in all truth with peace. Where it is corrupt, purge it; where it is in error direct it; where it is superstitious, rectify it, where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it and confirm it; where it is in want, furnish it; where it is divided and rent asunder, make up the beseeches thereof oh Thou Holy One of Israel; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Amen.

A prayer for the Monarchy also by Archbishop Land (words changed to appropriate gender)

Oh Lord grant the Queen a long life, that her years many be rich with Thy blessing. Furnish her with wise and safe councils and give her a heart of courage and constancy to pursue them. Prepare Thy loving mercy and faithfulness for her that they may preserve her so we will always sing praises unto Thy name, through Jesus Christ. Amen

A prayer for the nations of the world by Bishop Andrews

We pray for the kingdoms of this world, for their stability and peace. For our own nation and kingdom that they may abide in prosperity and happiness and be delivered from all peril and disaster. Amen

A prayer for all who are distressed by Dr Blough 1671

Oh Lord, who dost not willingly afflict the children of men, behold from Thy holy habitation of Heaven the multitude of miserable souls and lives amongst us and have mercy on us. Have mercy on all ignorant souls, and instruct them, on al deluded minds, and enlighten them. Have mercy on all broken hearts, and real them; all struggling with temptation and rescue them; all that all fallen from tree, and raise them; all that stand with Thee and confirm them. Oh blessed Jesus, that didst shed Thy blood for our souls to save them, shed Thy holy spirit on all and heal them; for Thy pity’s sake Amen

We commend into Thine eternal care all who have died and we give Thee thanks for they immeasurable enrichment given to Thy church by the great Christians and Martyrs.

A prayer from the Gothic Missal 1680

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints, grant to our minds the same faith and power of love; that as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may profit by their examples; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (originally attributed to Archbishop Cranmer)

Hever Christmas Fair 2017

So excited to announce that the popular Hever Christmas Fair is back this year. The stall holders are FABULOUS, with a wide variety of gifts available. Check out the Hever Christmas Fair Facebook page for full list or


Like, share, but most importantly, BE THERE! And with your ticket offering free entry to Hever Castle grounds, plus £2.50 for castle entrance, how can you go wrong?

This years’ flyer has been designed with the help with our talented Marielou Linklater!

Information and news from the benefice of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech churches in the Weald of Kent.

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