Len Valley Benefice

everyone with a story of God's love

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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 16th December


Verse for the year

‘We love because He first loved us’ 1 John 4:19


Today’s Readings


Zephaniah 3.14-20


Philippians 4.4-7


Luke 3.7-18


Collect or special prayer



God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord.


Services next Sunday: 23rd December 2018

  8.00am    Lenham: Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

  9.30am    Harrietsham: Communion

  9.30am    Lenham:  Big Christmas Breakfast Service

  9.30am    Boughton Malherbe:  An Informal Service

11.00am    Ulcombe: Communion

  3.00pm     Boughton Malherbe: Carol Service


There are a few last minute-changes to Christmas service times.  If your village magazine disagrees with what you read in the notice sheet: believe what you read here!


Carol Services Tonight

5.30pm  Lenham      7.00pm  Harrietsham


Christmas Crib Festival at Harrietsham Church

Continues today between 11am to 5pm

 Morning prayers (all 9.30am)


                      Tuesday          Boughton Malherbe (1st, 3rd & 5th)                                 

                                             Ulcombe (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)

            Wednesday   Lenham

            Friday              Harrietsham

                   Please join us in prayer for our communities.


House Groups

Lenham    7.30pm Tuesday, Lenham Court

Ulcombe  7.30pm Monday, meetings alternate between 

                                  Molly and Rhian’s homes.

Grafty Green 10.30am Thursday, Weirton Villa.

Please ring Joan on 853766 for more information.

Harrietsham  7.30pm Thursday, meeting twice a month. 

Next meeting 21st December at 15 West Street, Harrietsham. 

Please call Pamela on 859442 if you would like to know more.


                                       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 our friendly, welcoming group, share your stories of first steps as the children play, sing, and

get creative with craft activities.


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


       Soup Saturday at St John’s

              Soup is served in Harrietsham Church on

the 2nd Saturday of the month (12 – 2pm).


Fitness at St Mary’s runs every Tuesday in term time between 9 and 9.45 am in St Mary’s, Lenham.  Bring a friend if you like.

If anybody would like to join St Mary’s Choir, they are carol singing at Atwater on Monday 17th at 4.30 pm.  

You would be very welcome.  Please bring a torch.


Carols at Chippendayle Lodge

With a short nativity play by children from First Steps

Wednesday 19th December at 11am.  All welcome to join us.


Forthcoming Carol Services

Thursday 20th December - 7.00pm  Ulcombe

Sunday 23rd December - 3.00pm  Boughton Malherbe


Christmas Week Services

Why not invite a friend?


Christmas Eve: Monday 24th December


Family Crib Services

3.00pm  Harrietsham       3.30pm  Boughton Malherbe

4.00pm  Lenham   4.00pm  Ulcombe


Midnight Communion

11.15pm  Harrietsham  

11.15pm  Lenham


Christmas Day: Tuesday 25th December

Family Celebrations with Holy Communion


9.30am Harrietsham

10.00am Boughton Malherbe

11.00am Lenham

11.00am Ulcombe



Sunday 30th December

10.00am Benefice Communion Service at Lenham



Please contact Revd. Millie if you would be interested in exploring confirmation and joining with 3 others who will be

confirmed on 24th March.



                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

                                      (Day Off next week: Tuesday)

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

                                             (answerphone out of hours)

                                                Email: churchoffice@lvb.org.uk

Benefice website:      www.lvb.org.uk