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 10th February 2019



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 6.1-8[9-13]


1 Corinthians 15.1-11


Luke 5.1-11


Collect or special prayer


Lord of the hosts of heaven,

our salvation and our strength,

without you we are lost:

guard us from all that harms or hurts

and raise us when we fall;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Services Sunday: 17th February 2019

  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

World Day of Prayer Services

Friday 1st March

10.30am - Lenham Church

7.00pm Ulcombe Church

This years’ service has been prepared by the

Christian women of Slovenia.   All are Welcome.


 Morning prayers (all 9.30am)


       Wednesday   Lenham        Friday   Harrietsham


Please join us in prayer for our communities.


House Groups    


                   2.30pm  Monday, Grovelands

    The group will be recommencing on Monday 28th January. All welcome.

                  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, Next meeting 21st February.

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 and Friday in term time between 9 and 9.45 am in St Mary’s, Lenham.

  Messy Movie Night at Lenham Church

  Zootropolis  Saturday 23rd February at 5.30pm  

  A few snacks and drinks will be provided but

   any contributions would be appreciated.

                       Everyone is welcome.


Millie will be leading another Service at the Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall at 3.30pm on Sunday 24th February. Please do come along to support the Hospice and as a witness to those visiting and any patients that may join us. Thank you.


Last year our joint PCC agreed to explore how to better serve the needs of children and young people by visiting a church in Ashford with a thriving ministry in this area and by sending representatives to a conference in Canterbury

on 23rd March at All Saints, Canterbury.  


The details of the services are as follows:

17th February - All Age Communion Service

31st March - All Age service for Mothering Sunday

14th April - All Age service for Palm Sunday

All services are held at Singleton Village Hall at 11am.


We need two people from LVB to go to a couple of the services (so 4 or 6 people/families) to get an idea of what happens and what could inspire us.  Please contact John if you would be willing to assist with either of these. 


Pancake Lunch

Tuesday 5th March – 12 noon – 2pm at Harrietsham Rectory

All donations will be split between the homeless in Maidstone and the work of the church. All are welcome.


Tough Times

Helen Cooke will look at the book of Job in the next

Focus on Faith at Ryarsh village hall on Wednesday 20th March, 9.15am to 2.15pm.  Further details from Joan Drury on 853766.

The Big Church Day Out (BCDO)

It’s the UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather each year for two exciting days of worship and celebration. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, everyone is welcome for an amazing time away with your friends and family. For further details & tickets go to www.bigchurchdayout.com


Please hold our confirmation candidates in prayer as the date draws near. We have 2 youngsters and 3 adults.


Pathways Church are running a Freedom in Christ course beginning in March and are inviting us to join them.  Ideal for new Christians or those who came to faith but then found that they got stuck. The cost (covering food, books and venue) is £25-30 for the 10-week course.  To book contact Dave/Karen Brook-Child on 01622 746085; email kheidibc@gmail.com.  For more information: http://www.ficm.org.uk/the_fic_course. 


                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 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