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.  



They take place on Tuesdays from 12 until 2pm alternating between Markbeech and Hever Village Halls.

All you need to do is let Rev Wendy or a Church Warden know that you are coming so that we can make sure there is enough soup in the pot!

There is no charge – and we can arrange a lift if you would like.

The success of the first lunch has been such that I wonder whether there is scope for a monthly Benefice Lunch Club. Do let me or your Wardens know if you think it would be a good idea.

There is no talk or address, just lots of chatter as friendships are rekindled.

Markbeech Book Fair 2018

Markbeech Village Hall on Saturday 17th March 10:30am until 3pm.

Come and browse and buy second-hand books!There will be a Children’s Corner. Refreshments available include homemade soup, tea and cakes – all in aid of Holy Trinity, Markbeech.

Books wanted! We are now collecting good quality books and DVDs for this event, so start cleaning those shelves!

Anna Hopwood annamart23@gmail.com / 01342 850 690

Gemma Wilkinson gemmabein@doctors.org.uk / 07788 553 867

Rector’s Letter March 2018

Are you having a ‘good Lent’? That might seem a rather strange question, when we have been working hard at giving up something, or even engaging in some extra reading.

#LiveLent is a Church of England initiative that invites us in the course of our busy lives to Pause, Pray and Witness – exploring what ‘witness’ really means. In their introduction, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York remind us that “Jesus is not the only one called the light of the world …. He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’ To witness is to let your light shine … to bring his light to others.” This is what witness is – and that is what our Lent Lunches are! Why not join us? There is no talk or address, just lots of chatter as friendships are rekindled. They take place on Tuesdays from 12noon until 2pm alternating between Markbeech and Hever Village Halls – all you need to do is let me or a Church Warden know so that we can make sure there is enough soup in the pot! There is no charge – and we can arrange a lift if you would like. The success of the first lunch has been such that I wonder whether there is scope for a monthly Benefice Lunch Club. Do let me or your Wardens know if you think it would be a good idea.

Easter will arrive as March comes to an end, and it reminds me that in times past, Lent was used as a time of preparation for Baptism and Confirmation, with the service taking place as part of the Easter liturgy. It doesn’t always work quite like that today, and I am delighted that here in the Benefice there are some Baptisms planned for April as part of the Easter season. But it started me thinking ….. It is some years now since we last prepared a group of people for Confirmation. There are a couple of 2018 Confirmation dates for our Deanery in July and October, and it would be lovely to present some candidates from our Benefice. Generally, Confirmation is for those aged over 11 years. So, if you have been thinking about Confirmation, or would like to explore what it means, please contact me so that we can talk about what it means to take this step.

May the faith you confirm
Be your key
To open the doors to….
Hope, joy, love, and peace.
Guard it well and keep it close.
This precious key will set you free
And always guide you HOME.
(Adapted from of a prayer written by Annabel Cruz for her God Daughter at her Confirmation)

And looking forward to Easter, I look forward to welcoming you whenever you can join us. So much is planned – and if you’re an early riser, come at 6am on Easter morning at Hever, when we greet the first light and go on to enjoy breakfast together.

Wendy Izod


Called Together in the Tonbridge Archdeaconry

Invitation from the Archdeacon of Tonbridge to Called Together in the Tonbridge Archdeaconry

Called Together in the Tonbridge Archdeaconry takes place this coming Sunday, 25th February.

This event provides an opportunity to find out what different parishes and people in the Tonbridge Archdeaconry are already doing to respond to the challenge to Grow Disciples, Enrich our Communities, and Resource our Mission and Ministry. There will also be an exhibition of useful and interesting organisations, and we will finish with a time of worship.

Where: Trinity School, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3SL

When: Sunday 25th February 2018, 14.00 – 16.30

We very much look forward to seeing you there. If you are able to come and have not yet booked in, please click on the following link to access the booking system: http://bit.ly/2DkrMka


Intercessions Ana Roxburgh 18 February

Dear Lord, as Lent starts we confess our weaknesses and mistakes and we ask for your patience and support to learn from our mistakes and become better people. May our small sacrifice of giving up a daily comfort to help us prepare for receiving your son, our saviour Jesus Christ into our hearts at the time of Easter.

Lord in your mercy

Heavenly Father, bless our children, that may they grow up secure, healthy, loved and happy, that they may grow up into confident, good people, willing to learn and to make the world a better and fairer place for people of any colour and religion. And that we may succeed to inspire our children to live in peace and respect of each other.

We pray that children everywhere will not have access to guns and that they won’t use them or suffer because the use of them. And we pray for the families whose children have been killed by guns, may their suffering be healed and may they find peace. We also pray for the children and the families of the troubled children who have used guns and took innocent lives.

We pray for the children feeling low, stressed, depressed, for those who are experiencing mental health problems and their families. May they find the help they need to come through their difficulties, may they not be pushed into drugs or self harm, may they be saved.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for Elisabeth our Queen, for her family and her reign, for world leaders and the future of humanity.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for the sick people in our community and those recently departed.

Lord in your mercy

God of all creation, we pray for the reduction of waste in the world, for adopting more of a reuse, reduce, repair, recycle, recover attitude to the products we use. We pray for removal of plastic, especially from any food products and for finding alternative materials that are not dangerous for the environment.

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

Intercessions Nick Irens 11 February

Heavenly Father, as we come before you, we give thanks for those whose influence has led us to worship here this morning. We pray for our Church; for all congregations, for our bishops, priests and deacons, and all who are called to the different ministries in the Church. We pray for Wendy and thank you for the leadership and teaching that she provides us.

Today, we welcome our new Archdeacon, Julie, and we pray, Lord, for your presence and guidance, as she goes about her daily work and inspires us to follow in the Christian way. We pray for her help and support, as we seek to secure the future of our Benefice, to best serve the needs of our community and the Church.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving Father, we pray for peace in the World, for statesmen and rulers, that they may have wisdom to know and courage to do what is right. For all who work to improve international relationships, that they may find the true way to reconcile people of different race, colour and creed. And for men, women and children the world over, that they may have justice and freedom and live in security and peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear Lord, we pray for our places of work, our colleagues, friends and neighbours, and members of our families. We confess our own failings and lack of compassion and understanding. We ask you to give us a spirit of love and forgiveness, that sees the good in each other, that bears no grudges and forgives all grievances. May we learn to forgive, even as you have forgiven us, that we may live in peace and unity together.

Bless the children in our families, our communities and throughout the world. May they grow up secure in your love and teaching, and learn from the mistakes and injustice that has gone before.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray that you are able to provide solace and inspiration to those who feel detached from you at this moment. Those who feel that you may not be present in their daily lives, or find it difficult to turn their thoughts towards you. We pray that they are able once again to experience your comfort and realise that you had never left them, but were always there waiting.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of hope and giver of all comfort, we commend to your healing all who are in pain, or ill at home, or in hospital. We pray for those about to undergo surgery and for all who depend on others for life and comfort. May they be reassured by the strength of your presence. In a moment of quiet, we recall all whom we know are in need of our prayers…….

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Loving Father, surround all who mourn this day with your continuing compassion. May their grief not turn them against you and may they know, that you are always beside them sharing their sorrow. We pray for all those who have given their lives in the service of our country and are thankful for the sacrifice they made for us. And, for all who have died, we thank you for your promise of eternal life and peace, sure in the knowledge that they will know the joy of living in your presence forever.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We thank you Father for the fresh joys and challenges that each new day brings, and for the love and encouragement your Spirit gives us. Grant that your love may so fill our lives, that we may count nothing too small to do for you, nothing too much to give and nothing too hard to bear.

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

Intercessions Elly Heard 28 January 2018

St Paul’s Four Elms

Conversion of St Pauls

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. Today the conversion of St Paul – So we see the persecution of the Jews and the persecution of Christians.

We know that we are all capable of evil so look upon us oh Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls, the prejudices of our minds, and the coldness of our hearts vanish before the beams of Thy brightness.

Today we give thanks for Thy holy apostle St Paul, through whom the transforming power of God in Christ was shown to all the world. We thank God for his faith, his example and his teaching which has been an inspiration to Christians down the ages.
So we pray for the Church of Christ throughout the world. We pray for unity despite our differences and make us all in willing devotion to Thee. Bless our Archbishops, Bishops and clergy in their various callings and strengthen them in their ministry. Bless we pray this benefice and Wendy that are churches may be a witness to thy truth.

Lord in your mercy
Pour Thy blessing, oh Lord we pray on Elisabeth our Queen as she fulfils her calling as a Christian ruler. Support her in her ceaseless course of duty and bless her home and family. We pray for this nation at a time of uncertainty and we pray that the media will act responsibly, remembering that many people are anxious about the future.

We pray for all world leaders and all in positions of great influence. Our great desire is for peace and justice and an end to the conflict that the pursuit of power brings.

Lord in your mercy
So we pray for all those parts of the world scared by war and man’s inhumanity, for those afflicted by famine and natural disasters. May we, in our comfort and plenty never forget the needs of others, but give generously for the sake of Him who gave his life for the whole world.

Lord in your mercy
We bring before God all those who are sick, lonely or depressed, those who mourn and those whom life is a burden. Draw near to these Thy children that their love may summoned them, theine arms bear them up and Thy Holy spirit fill them with comfort and peace.

Lord in your mercy
We commend into Thy care those who have died. We give thanks for the saints of every age and those who we have known and loved. May the gospel of Thy Son and the whisper of Thy spirit unite to make our faith in the life to come strong and clear until they lead us home to Thine eternal kingdom of peace and joy.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Thy Son, our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday 7pm Service

Holy Trinity, Markbeech | 14th February, 7pm

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of prayer and fasting. It commences the season of penance, fasting and reflection in preparation for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In Holy Trinity, Markbeech there will be a service including the Imposition of Ashes. We look forward to welcoming you to our service on the first day of lent.

Archdeacon’s Visit

11th February 9.15am

Sung Eucharist

Holy Trinity, Markbeech

On 11th February we have an important visitor in our parish  – Archdeacon Julie Conalty – who will be coming to take the service and preach.  PLEASE come along to this service!  The new Archdeacon is an interesting lady and will, I am sure, have something interesting to say.  The choir will be meeting and we hope to see lots of children too!Archdeacon's visit



Patronal Service St Paul’s Four Elms

Sunday, 28th January, 11am

This Sunday there is an United Benefice service celebrating the Patronal Festival of St Paul’s at Four Elms.  This is always a lovely service celebrating St Paul and it is a good opportunity for the benefice to all get together, so do come!

Looking ahead on 11th February we will be welcoming the new Archdeacon of Tonbridge, Julie Conalty, as a visiting preacher at Holy Trinity Markbeech, 9.15am. It would be great to be able to show her what a lively community we are, so please put a date for this in your diary.

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

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