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 14th October

 Verse for the year

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

 Stewardship Sunday - Harrietsham & Ulcombe


Today’s Readings

Job 23.1-9,16,17


Hebrews 4.12-16


Mark 10.17-31


Collect or special prayer


God, our light and our salvation:

illuminate our lives,

that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,

and looking on your beauty

may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Services next Sunday: 21st October 2018

  9.30am    Lenham: Breakfast Service

  9.30am    Harrietsham: Morning Worship

  9.30am     Boughton Malherbe: Communion

11.00am    Ulcombe: Harvest Morning Worship

11.00am    Lenham: Communion


We are experimenting with a new Big Breakfast Service on the 4th Sunday of each month in St Mary’s Lenham.  This will have elements from the Breakfast Service and is also designed to appeal to those with a more traditional bent.  It is for the whole family from toddlers to seniors and will start with a cooked breakfast at 9.30 am for worship at 10 am.  There will still be an

8 am spoken Holy Communion on that Sunday.


 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 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.

The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover

has announced his intention to retire in May 2019.


The funeral of Doreen Furmidge will be held at Charing Crematorium on Tuesday 16th October at 11.20am.

Please pray for all who loved and knew her.


Millie is leading a Service at the Heart of Kent Hospice,

Preston Hall at 3pm next Sunday (21st October). We, at Len Valley, are supporting the Heart of Kent Hospice by taking a short service about four times yearly.  If you are able, please do come along to support the Hospice and as a witness to those visiting and any patients that may join us. Thank you.


Focus on Faith  The next Bible Day for women will be held in Ryarsh village hall on Thursday 17th October, 9.15am to 2.15pm There is a small charge of £10 which includes drinks, soup and a sandwich lunch. Speaker: Lizzy Smallwood

‘Life Saving Surgery’ based on the letter from  James.

Contact Joan Drury on 853766 for more details.


St Lukestide Service of Healing and Blessing

Canterbury Cathedral Crypt - Sunday 21st October at 6.30pm

The Living Well’s annual service at which there is an opportunity to receive anointing and healing prayer.


Deanery Synod Meeting - Tuesday 23rd October at 7.30, Hollingbourne Village Hall.  Rev. Ronni Lamont, Diocesan Faith and Nurture Adviser will speak about Godly Play and Children's Work.  Anyone involved in children's and youth work and leadership of the church is encouraged to attend. 


Outside Autumn Clean - St Mary's Church

Saturday 10th November 10am – 1pm. Refreshments available

For more information please contact David Carr 07467953508





Ladies Breakfast – Saturday 1st December.

8.30 am at the Dog and Bear, Lenham - £9.00

Speaker:- Lorraine Apps-Huggins. 

Talking about her ministry at the Living Well. 

Please RSVP to Sarah on 850604 or churchoffice@lvb.org.uk


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: Wednesday)

Associate Priest:        Rev Millie Hart 01622 297296

                                                Email: revmilliehart@lvb.org.uk

                                      (Available Wednesdays & Friday – 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