St Martin's, Brasted

Welcome

Welcome to the website of St Martin's Church, Brasted in Kent. Do join us in church, and feel free to ring (01959 565829) with any enquiries. Our full address is St Martin's Church, Church Road, Brasted, Westerham TN16 1HZ. Click here for a location map.

Linda Green, Rector

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Latest updates
30 November: Booking details for Christmas services added
2 December: Updating of booking situation for Christmas services below

TIME TO LEAVE BRASTED
Sadly Linda has decided that she will leaving us after Easter.
Her full message is in News.
We all wish her the very very best, but, in her own words:
"Enough said for now. I am still here for 5 months yet......"

COVID REQUIREMENTSS
In church, please remember  to wear your mask, including over your nose, and to keep your 2 metre distance from others.
Enter the church from the west door in the Tower and leave the church from the east door as signposted by arrows on the floor.
We are required to collect name and contact details of all attendees, in case we need to contact everyone. (The QR Code will still be on the door, should you wish to register with that too.)
All plans are prone to sudden alteration, due to change in the COVID situation. Changes concerning the church are always put here on the website as soon as possible.

ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Regular live streamed services and many archived ones at
  • Rochester Cathedral Worship Online


  • Some Services on Radio and Television
  • Daily   Radio 4 Longwave 10.45am: Service
    Every Sunday    Radio 4: Sunday Worship 8.10am,
    BBC1: Songs of Praise 1.15pm
    Every Sunday and Wednesday Radio 3: Choral Evensong 3pm


    DECEMBER SERVICES
    6 Dec 10am

    Eucharist
    13 Dec 10am

    Eucharist
    20 Dec 10am

    Eucharist
    6.30pm Christmas Carol Service **
    24 Dec 4pm

    Crib Service **
    11.15pm

    Midnight Eucharist **
    25 Dec 10am

    Christmas Day Eucharist **
    27 Dec 10am

    Eucharist

    ** Unfortunately due to COVID distancing, it is necessary to book for the services marked.   Please book your place together with other places for family and/or people in your household 'bubble'.

                                     Sunday 29 November 2020
                   From Linda (our Rector): Reflections and Prayers

                                               Advent Sunday

    Collect for Advent Sunday

    Almighty God,
    give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
    and to put on the armour of light
    now in the time of this mortal life,
    in which your son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
    that on the last day,
    when he shall come in his glorious majesty
    to judge the living and the dead.
    We may rise to the life immortal;
    through him who is alive and reigns with you,
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever. Amen.


    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia.
    Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,
    and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
    Alleluia.


    World’s End
    Mark 13:24-29 King James Version

    24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
    25  And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
    26  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
    27  And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
    28  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
    29  So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

    So we begin to contemplate the end,
    With shadowed glimpses of apocalypse.
    How can we even start to understand?
    The heavens shaken, and the vast eclipse
    Of everything that we have ever known,
    Then, suddenly revealed, the power and glory,
    Once veiled in symbols of the lamb and throne,
    The all revealing climax of our story.

    About that day, you tell us, no one knows,
    But we must wake and watch for you, look up.
    Yet hidden in this warning you disclose
    A tender yearning, a deep stirring hope,
    And bid us, in the visions that you bring,
    To see the world’s end as a sign of spring.

    Malcom Guite, Parable and Parodox


    You might like to light a candle here

    Lord, by your presence,
    Light up the past
    That we might learn from it with thankfulness.

    Light up the present
    That we might live in it with love.
    Light up the future
    That we might prepare for it in hope.

    As we watch and wait and pray,
    May we be always ready to encounter the Lord
    Who is already and always with us. Amen.


    Advent is a time of waiting

    Advent is a time of waiting
    for the life that is to be.
    When the Christ, by prophets promised,
    Sits enthroned on Mary’s knee,
    Human in the way that we are:
    Come to earth for you and me.

    Choirs of angels are rehearsing,
    ‘Glory to our God on high.’
    Shepherds in the field are watching
    Where their bleating charges lie.
    Distant magi, waiting, restless,
    scan the dark mysterious sky.

    Hope is all our theme for Advent,
    hope for all the human race.
    All our hope on god is founded,
    God who shows a human face.
    God who made the earth and planets
    now appears in time and space.
    Josie Smith, Candles & Conifers


    Blessing

    Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,
    scatter the darkness from before your path,
    and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory:
    and the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father,
    the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and all you love. Amen.

    Safeguarding
    St Martin's Church takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
    For full details of go to Notices and scroll down.

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