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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Facemasks

As of 24 July, when face coverings have become mandatory in many public places but not as yet in churches, the Church of England’s current advice (summarised) is as follows:

“We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers and visitors, where there may be other people present, remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand-washing.”

We do encourage all who will be attending St Martin’s, to follow this advice. However, do not be discouraged fronm coming if you do not have one yet - there will be some available.




St Martin’s is open every Sunday 10 - 11am

There will be a short service each week at 10, with all safety precautions.
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 - everyone is very welcome.


Every Sunday 10am  Holy Communion

Sunday 27 September will be a Harvest Festival
Sadly, due to Covid, we are unable to receive gifts of food or drink to take to our neighbours.
We will celebrate creation and all we have within it to enjoy and share at this special time of year.


Services on the web
  • from Durham Cathedral

  • from Rochester Cathedral


  • 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


    TRINITY 16

    From Linda (our Rector): Reflections and Prayers


    HARVEST

    Recognising our share
    in the abuse of creation

    The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,
    the world and all those who live in it.
    In his hand are the innermost parts of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
    The sea is his for he made it,
    and his hands shaped the dry land.
    Psalm 24: 1; 95:4

    You’ve given a world, Lord, of untold delight,
    that moves me to worship and praise;
    that speaks of your glory by day and by night –
    so much there to thrill and amaze.
    The peak of a mountain, the shade of a tree,
    the colour and scent of a flower,
    the peace of a river or wrath of the sea –
    each give me a glimpse of your power.
    The laugher of children, the crunching of leaves,
    or delicate song of a bird,
    the hum of a city, the whispering breeze –
    in so much your voice can be heard.
    Forgive me, I pray the indictment I share
    for failing to steward this earth,
    neglecting to give it due honour or care,
    and losing a sense of its worth.
    I squander resources, betraying your trust,
    yet somehow I don’t seem to learn.
    Lord, help me to treasure this world as I must –
    that others might share it in turn.

    Poems to help you Pray, Nick Fawcett


    OUR FOOTPRINTS ARE HEAVY

    God our creator and healer,
    we confess that we have sinned:
    we have used creation
    not cherished it;
    we have lived selfishly,
    not watched the balance of life;
    we have been greedy
    not sharing earth’s gifts;
    and our footprints are heavy
    not gentle.

    Forgive us the damage
    that disturbs our planet,
    grant us the grace
    to live for the world’s healing
    and our own.
    Bless the seasons of the year –
    may they be restored
    to your design.

    Bare Feet and Buttercups, Chris Polhill


    Harvest Dreams

    Tread softly because you tread on farmers' dreams.
     
    Of what does a farmer dream?
     
    In the UK
    Of a rich harvest?
    Of a good price for the crop, covering costs with something left over?
    Of enough capital to see him through the bad times?
    Of security - for himself and his family?
    Of a good well-managed farm to pass on to his children, as his father passed it to him?

    It may be easier to ask ‘what does a farmer fear?’
    Because fear of failure is ever present!
    Fear of too little rain - or too much.
    Fear of rain and wind spoiling a good crop.
    Fear of low prices for his produce, falling bank balances and an overdraft refused.
    Fear of sickness or injury - how will my family cope without me?
    And all these apply in the world wide farming community
    along with other fears:-
    Fear of total crop failure.
    Fear of an invasion of locusts, leaving just bare earth where there was a green field.
    Fear of drought - lasting for months not just a few weeks.
    Fear of ‘picky’ buyers for the crop - refusal could mean disaster.
    Fear of starvation: - no rain, no grass, no cattle, no crop, no sales. Nothing for tomorrow.

    And for the ‘consumer’? Do you remember the fuel shortage in September 2000?
    Have you ever seen a Supermarket with no food on its shelves?
    Our food supply appears secure.
    If the buyer does not like one farmer or country he can make a deal elsewhere.
    And it is so easy for us with our own ‘dream’ of cheap food to tread on the dreams of others!
    The prophet Isaiah expressed God’s indignation when he spoke of ‘Grinding the face of the poor’
    (Isaiah 3:15)

    Love for our neighbour can be expressed in treading very softly and carefully in our choice of food.
    A wise choice will mean fewer ‘food miles’, ‘Fair Traded’ imports and a fair return for the primary producer where-ever they may be.
    An unwise choice can cause irreversible damage to God’s world and farmers everywhere. In buying food - ‘Tread softly for you tread on farmers’ dreams!’                      ©2005 T.W. Brighton



    TEACH US TO CARE

    Lord thank you for the earth
    which mothers us, feeds us, clothes us, shelters us.

    For air to breathe
    Thank you Lord

    For water to drink
    Thank you Lord

    For food to eat
    Thank you Lord

    For shelter and warmth
    Thank you Lord

    For beauty and fun
    Thank you Lord

    Forgive us that we are careless with the earth,
    polluting and harming it.

    For hill, field and wood
    Teach us to care

    For river, lake and sea
    Teach us to care

    For bird, animal and fish
    Teach us to care

    For flower, bush and tree
    Teach us to care

    Teach us to care, as you care. 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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