Reverend Katrina writes...
It's nearly time to fill our homes with all that sparkles and shines, glitters and glistens. The countdown to Christmas is underway at home and school, in shops and churches. I'm looking forward to celebrating my first Christmas with you in our four villages. New to me this year is the Messy Christingles at Overstone church, when we will have craft and prayer activities to help us think about Jesus coming into our world as the light that overcomes all darkness. I love the moment when we light our Christingles, dim the lights and sing Away in a manger and watch on as a young child places the baby Jesus into the crib scene. It's a heart-warming moment for children of all ages - from 0 to 100-plus. We also, of course, have carol services in the other villages, Midnight Mass, and Christmas Communions.
Our world seems sorely in need of Jesus' light to overcome the pain that we see on our screens and the worries that we have about the political situation here in Britain. I wonder how his light will shine into these challenges and dilemmas in the year ahead.
As we journey on towards Christmas Day, may each one of us take the time to get ready in our hearts and homes to celebrate once more his light coming into our world: God's most precious gift to us - his Son. I invite you to come and join in the village celebrations (see Christmas Services). I pray that you will have a happy and blessed New Year. May 2019 begin full of hope for you and your family, and for our world.
Every blessing, Katrina
Welcome to our website
A warm welcome to the benefice of Mears Ashby, Hardwick, Sywell and Overstone. Across our four historic churches, we offer a variety of services for people of all ages and stages in the Christian faith. We have traditional Holy Communion and Evensong services, as well as more contemporary and informal All-age worship. We also have regular coffee mornings (socials) and evening fellowship gatherings (faith discussions).
Whether you are a regular churchgoer or someone seeking to know more about the Christian faith, we would love to welcome you at our services. If you have any questions or requests, please contact our vicar Revd Katrina or e-mail the Benefice Team secretary.