Len Valley Benefice

everyone with a story of God's love

News and Notices

Len Valley Benefice

To touch everyone with God’s love, by living as the

people of God’s kingdom so that everyone in the community has a story to tell of God’s love as we reach out together in prayer, worship, teaching and generosity.

Sunday 21st April 2019

Easter Sunday


Verse for the year

‘Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.’  Isaiah 54:2




Isaiah 65.17-25


Acts 10.34-43


Luke 24.1-12

(p1002) or

John 21:1-16


Collect or special prayer


God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

or a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Services Next Sunday: 28th April

  8.00am    Lenham: Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

  9.30am    Harrietsham: Communion

  9.30am    Boughton Malherbe: An Informal Service

  9.30am    Lenham: The Big Breakfast

11.00am    Ulcombe: Communion


Sponsor a Youth Bible

We have now purchased Youth Bibles for the children within the Benefice who are leaving primary school this summer. Following your kindness last year, we are inviting members of the congregation to sponsor a bible (suggested donation £9) but all donations are gratefully received).  Please contact Millie or John if you would be willing to be a sponsor.


Revd. John will be away and unable to receive messages from 22/4 to 8/5, apart from 24/4.  Part of this time will be spent with others from the Benefice on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will be setting up a Facebook Group for this so that anybody can see photos of our progress & ‘virtually' join us in our exploration.


 Morning prayers (both 9.30am)

       Wednesday   Lenham        Friday   Harrietsham

Please join us in prayer for our communities.


House Groups    

Lenham    2.30pm  Monday, Grovelands

                                                                             (will next meet on 13th May)

                   7.30pm Tuesday, Lenham Court

Grafty Green 10.30am Thursday, Weirton Villa.

Please ring Joan on 853766 for more information.

Harrietsham  7.30pm Thursday. Please call Pamela on 859442


Coffee Mornings

Harrietsham Village Hall          Friday 10.00am – noon  

St Mary’s Church, Lenham      Saturday 10.00am - noon

Grafty Green Village Hall                   2nd Wednesday, 10.30am – noon


                                       First steps is a group of mums, dads,                              

                                  grannies, nannies, aunties and carers which

                                     runs on Wednesdays 10.30am to noon

                                   during term times at St. Mary’s, Lenham. 

                               Come and join us!


Please come and enjoy a Ploughman’s Platter

at Harrietsham Church every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Drop in anytime between 12 noon and 2pm. £3.50 per person.


Fitness at St Mary’s runs every Tuesday and Thursday in term time between 9 and 9.45 am in St Mary’s, Lenham.


Do you care about kids and youths?

and the life of our church?


Some of the ‘stuff’ that we do with children and young people (ChYP) that the church supports in Len Valley is flourishing:


·       Our 2 C of E schools

·       Some of our services


But some areas would get an OFSTED “Requires improvement”:


·       Some of our family services see almost no families

·       Youths - where?


Some people from LVB have been to another church which has good and

well-attended all-aged worship, and to a conference on ChYP, worship and church.  We need to hear their feedback.


If you are involved in our schools and/or churches in the Len Valley Benefice and are interested in how we can build work with ChYP, please come along to a meeting from 2 -4 pm on 1st June.  This will be a structured open forum to prayerfully find our way forward as a benefice.  If you have ChYP and want to bring them, please do so and bring some quiet entertainment for them.   Nathan Wilson, a youth missioner from Ashford, will be helping us.  Numbers are limited so please speak to John or Sarah, ‘phone (850280 or 850604) or email churchoffice@lvb.org.uk




Messy Movie Night at Lenham Church

Film:  Sing – Saturday 4th May, 5 – 6.30pm

A few snacks and drinks will be provided but

any contributions would be appreciated.

Everyone is welcome.


Friends of St Mary’s Supper Quiz

Saturday 18th May.  Doors open at 6.30pm. Tables of 6/8.

Tickets £12 per head, in advance. See posters for further details


Our annual Rose Service will be held at Lenham Church

on Sunday 19th May at 3pm.

          It is a time when when we can remember those who have died with the opportunity to light a candle during the service and to either bring a rose or collect one as you arrive at the church.  There is time for reflection, a time for our memories and for giving thanks for all our loved ones have meant to us and for all they will go on meaning to us.  Everyone is welcome to join us.


                Thank you for joining us today. We would love           

           you to stay for refreshments after the service


Priest in charge:         Rev John Huggins 01622 850280

                                                Email: vicar@lvb.org.uk            

Associate Priest:                  Rev Millie Hart 01622 297296

                                                Email: revmilliehart@lvb.org.uk

                                      (Available Wed, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)   

Readers:                      Joan Drury 01622 853766

                                                Email: jdrury23@btinternet.com

                                      Pamela Cuerden 01622 859442

                                                Email: pamelacuerden1311@gmail.com

Benefice Office:                   Sarah Hills 01622 850604

                                                Email: churchoffice@lvb.org.uk

Benefice website:      www.lvb.org.uk