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.  


Intercessions 13th August

Dear God, we thank you for bringing us here today, for our neighbours and friends, for the people in our community who are organising events and bringing people together, for our Reverend Wendy and all the church wardens and we remember all those who have been baptised, confirmed, married and buried here.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father of patience and wisdom, please share some of your knowledge with us. Help us to be more patient with each other, to bring calmness in our homes, understanding and respect for each other. To be patient with our children who need time to learn from us and constant support from us, with the teenagers in our lives who go through the transition from child to adult and with whom opinions often clash, with our parents and grandparents who only want our best in life and with ourselves.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Please help us remove our negative thoughts, self judgement and fear based thinking. Help us be more confident in our goals and do not let us underestimate ourselves. Please hold our hand and bring clarity to our thoughts, love us and give us opportunities to rise.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for political and economic stability, for gender equality, for diversity and for nature. We pray for strong leaders, guided by good intentions and willing to preserve this world for the future of our children.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We also ask for your blessing for friends and neighbours and we pray for people in our community.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 

We pray for talented, smart, good willed people who make our world a better place. We pray for the police, and the security services that they may find ways to prevent future attacks on our way of life. We pray that evil plans against humanity are not carried out with success. We pray that all those who think about giving their lives to take others that they will see the light of your teaching and love and they will stop.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour,

Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ana Roxburgh

Hever Hort Summer Show

The Summer Show will be held in Hever Village Hall next Saturday 19th August from 2.00pm. Come along and see the fabulous flowers and vegetables that are grown in our back gardens. Also domestic and craft entries.

You will be able to treat yourselves to afternoon tea with homemade cakes galore! If the weather is kind to us then enjoy your tea sitting outside. Try your luck entering the raffle – lots of prizes.

If you decide you would like to become a member and join us at our monthly talks you will be welcome. Single membership £6.00, double membership £10.00.

Hope to see you next Saturday.

Jan Tolfree – Show Secretary

01342 850 206


Dust off your boots, don your hats and get ready for a fun local event! It’s that time again! Hever Barn Dance, Saturday 2nd of September!

So gather your friends and family, it’s bound to be a night to remember.

A great family night out, barn dancing, BBQ dinner, local beer, fancy dress competition and much more!

Please book tickets in advance at 01732 868 085 or online

Yee haa!

Hever Barn Dance 2017


Friends of Kent Churches Annual Bike Ride

Saturday 9th September 2017

A cycle ride, walk or even a drive for the less hardy around Kent churches – a chance to see inside them all, ‘fight the flab’ and help raise money for your local church by obtaining some sponsorship.

A Win! Win! Win!

 Every little helps – your sponsorship money is split equally between a church or chapel of your choice and the charity itself, Friends of Kent Churches, helping to save churches in Kent.

Family, Friends, Neighbours

As walkers, cyclists or sponsors, help to make this a successful community event.  Last year alone Churches in Kent raised     just over £135,000!

We can beat that!

Interested?  Contact your parish organiser or the Event

Co-ordinator Carolyn Millen on 01622 843383, or email

See our website:


Dear Lord God, we thank you for bringing us to this place of peace and tranquillity today to sing, worship and pray to you, to give thanks for all the goodness in our lives and to pray for all that troubles us.   For each one of us there was a reason for coming here this morning,  we ask you Lord will graft, increase and nourish the seed which has been sown and through your Fatherly mercy and affection will keep that seed growing until it blossoms and magnifies your Holy name.

Lord in your mercy

We give thanks Lord for our community in Markbeech, Four Elms and Hever and for the faithful ministry of Wendy.  We give thanks for the many aspects of summer fun that we enjoy together – for the success of the village fetes in Four Elms and Chiddingstone; and for summer parties and picnics.  We pray for all the couples being married this summer in our churches and pray that they have felt  the love of God that shines through their wedding day and that this stays with them during all their lives together. We give thanks for holidays and pray that families may truly relax and enjoy their time together.

Lord in your mercy

Heavenly father, we pray for our children and our children’s children; we pray for all the children in our community, in our country and across the whole world.  We pray that you will guide parents and be with them during all the difficult decisions that they make on behalf of their children.  We pray that the needs of children will be given the highest priority in our social welfare and education budgets.  We pray that we find it in our hearts to treat displaced children as we would treat our own, and to take responsibility for the poor and needy, wherever they come from.

Lord in your mercy

Dear Lord, we pray for the sick whether in mind or body.  We pray for all those undergoing treatment for cancer and for those who are supporting them.  We pray for all those undergoing tests for worrying symptoms and for those who are supporting them.  We pray for all those who are feeling low and depressed and for those who are supporting them.  Let us have a few moments silence to bring to mind all those close to us who need our prayers at this time. ….  Lord, we ask that they may feel the comfort of your love in their darkest moments and that their gloom is lifted.

Lord in your mercy

Lord, we pray for all those whom we have loved who are now departed this life. May they rest in peace, and rise in glory. By your grace, may they and we be one in you in life everlasting.

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

Nicola Talbot

Songs of Praise for a Summer Evening

16th July 6pm

St Peter’s Hever

What better way can there be of spending some time on a sunny Summer evening than to sing your favourite hymns in the Church garden? Come and join us on Sunday 16th July when the service at Hever at 6pm will be a Songs of Praise.

If you let me or your wardens know which is your favourite hymn, we will make sure to include it – traditional and modern hymns or songs – all that is needed is that you love to sing them!

There will also be a list in our churches for you to complete if you prefer. Let’s hope there will be some interesting and familiar special choices. Then, we look forward to filling the Summer evening air with singing to the glory of God!


Markbeech gala dinner, this Saturday!

The sun is set to shine on our summer gala dinner in Markbeech this Saturday and we still have some spaces left if you haven’t booked yet!

It’s going to be a wonderful evening, with sparkling entertainment, delicious food and the good company of friends. And we’ll be telling you about the inspirational work we’re doing to alleviate suffering amongst women in Kent.

If you can’t come to the dinner, but would like to know more about our work with women in Kent who have suffered the trauma of domestic violence, terminal cancer and even victims of slavery, then please drop me an email or ring me on 01342 850423 and I’ll fill you in.

And if you’d like to book a last minute place, then just reply to this email and I’ll get straight back to you!

Charlotte xx

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.

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

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