St Martin's, Brasted


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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In the churchyard May 2020

Latest updates
18 May: Choir's Thursday evening Zoom singalong will now be devoted to learning anthems as well as hymns. Still open to all.  Details in Music.
23 June: Coronavirus and its effects.  In News.

St Martin’s is opening up again!

Initially only for private prayer on Sunday mornings from 10-11am.  Feel free to come and go as you please in that time.

NEXT SUNDAY 12 July at 10am

There will be a short Holy Communion, with all safety precautions. Everyone will be welcome to join it or come in quietly, as before, for private prayer. The church will be open until 11.

Please maintain appropriate social distancing and use the hand sanitiser provided at the doors.

We will need to record the name and contact details of everyone who comes in.

We look forward to seeing you.

Services on the web
  • from Durham Cathedral

  • from Rochester Cathedral

  • from Holy Trinity, Dartford (Sunday 13 June)

  • Some Services on Radio and Television

    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


    From Linda (our Rector): Reflection and Prayers
    From Gloria (our Director of Music): words and music for hymn "For the healing of the nations"

    For ourselves,
    the Church
    and the world

    Above all, therefore, I would advocate that you offer
    requests, intercessions and thanksgiving
    in your prayers for everyone.
    1 Timothy 2. 1

    Take this day, I ask you, Lord,
    fashion all that it shall bring;
    help me to see your hand at work,
    love transforming everything.

    Take my life, I ask you Lord,
    through your Spirit make me new;
    help me now to do your will,
    trusting you in all I do.

    Take your church, I ask you, Lord,
    Grant it strength to meet your call;
    help it show through work and deed
    something of your love for all.

    Take our world, I ask you, Lord,
    may its pain and sorrow cease;
    help us heal each other’s wounds,
    show us how to live in peace.

    Poems to help you Pray, Nick Fawcett

    The Kingdom of Heaven

    The Kingdom of heaven slips between the cracks
    in the meaning of words.
    The languages of this world cannot contain it.

    In the depths of the ocean of our desperation it lies,
    a pearl of enormous wealth.
    It fills the cavern of our need.
    It soothes the pain that fills the corners of a prison cell.
    It pours into the cup of suffering passed around in an upstairs room.

    It is the immensity of small acts of compassion.
    It is the sea of living water
    contained in a single tear of our contrition.

    It is the split second between the welling up of joy
    and the eruption of laughter.
    It is dancing to our own beat.

    It is the wide eyes of a child.
    It is the filling of our lamps with expectation
    for the bridegroom at the end of time.

    It is the seed for our hope of life.
    It is here.
    It is now.

    Stories and Sayings of Jesus
    from Barefeet and Buttercups, Ruth Burgess

    Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
    ‘I am with you always’.
    Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
    Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
    and keep me in your care.

    A prayer for the world

    God of love and hope,
    you made the world and care for all creation,
    but the world feels strange right now.
    The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
    Some people are worried that they might get ill.
    Others are anxious for their family and friends.
    Be with them and help them to find peace.
    We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
    and all who are working to discover the right medicines
    to help those who are ill.
    Thank you that even in these anxious times,
    you are with us.
    Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.

    A prayer for children to say

    Lord God, you are always with me.
    You are with me in the day and in the night.
    You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
    You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
    You are with me when I am calm and when I am worried.
    Today I am feeling (say how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
    Help me to remember that you love me and are with me
    in everything today.  

    A prayer at bedtime

    Before the ending of the day,
    Creator of the world, we pray
    That you, with steadfast love, would keep
    Your watch around us while we sleep.

    HYMN: For the healing of the nations

    (Click the little triangle on the left to show two vertical lines, then wait a moment to get the music. There are enough verses for the whole hymn)

    For the healing of the nations,
    Lord, we pray with one accord;
    For a just and equal sharing
    Of the things that earth affords.
    To a life of love in action
    Help us rise and pledge our word.

    Lead us, Father, into freedom,
    From despair your world release;
    That, redeemed from war and hatred,
    Men may come and go in peace.
    Show us how through care and goodness
    Fear will die and hope increase.

    All that kills abundant living,
    Let it from the earth be banned;
    Pride of status, race or schooling,
    Dogmas keeping man from man.
    In our common quest for justice
    May we hallow life’s brief span.

    You, creator God, have written
    Your great name on all mankind;
    For our growing in your likeness
    Bring the life of Christ to mind;
    That by our response and service
    Earth its destiny may find.

    (words reproduced within the terms of St Martin’s CCLI license)

    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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