• 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.

     

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  • On Sundays, we worship in church, on Zoom and at home with our weekly Prayers and Reflections.  When in church, we continue to follow the Covid-19 best practices, including requiring church members and visitors to wear face coverings.  Christenings, weddings and funerals can take place in church in line with our Covid-19 best practices.  We keep in touch with each other by phone and by outdoor visits.  If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.

    Click here to find out about our services in church.

    Click here to find out how to sign up for Sunday Worship on Zoom.

    Click here for this Sunday's Prayers and Reflections for use at home (uploaded on Thursdays).

    Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults within this benefice

    In this benefice, we take safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.  Our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure was adopted by the Benefice Church Council in September 2020.  It follows and is consistent with the Church of England's House of Bishops' Promoting a Safer Church - Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults 2017 and Parish Safeguarding Handbook, and incorporates Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Care Act 2014.

    For more information and contact details, please follow this LINK.

    Reverend Katrina writes...

    Our lives are about to go through a very big change.  Each one of us has to come to our own decisions as families and as individuals.  How are we going to live as the legal restrictions are lifted and we have the freedom - once more - to choose what we do, where and when, and with whom?  We have not been in this position for sixteen months.  But - as Boris said on July 12th, this pandemic is not over and these freedoms do not signal a return to life before coronavirus.  Rather, it is life lived with coronavirus based on the risks that we are able and willing to take.  It is a time when we need to be sensitive to how we are feeling and how those around us are too.  Going 'slowly, steadily and cautiously' will look different for each one of us.  We have to be attentive to how others are feeling and not do anything that would make them feel uncomfortable.

    It is a time to live by the second great commandment that Jesus gave us:

    Jesus said, 'And a second is like it:
    "You shall love your neighbour as yourself."'
    Matthew 22:39

    And, perhaps, we need to follow the example of Jesus and try to go beyond this commandment.  In his earthly ministry, we see Jesus being attentive to those who came to him for help.  Even when surrounded by countless people, he noticed how each one was feeling and recognised who needed his special care.  He was selfless in his service and self-giving in his time.  Always, he would think of their needs before is own need for rest and refreshment.  May be, as we step out into the risks and uncertainties of living with the virus, we should try to be sensitive to those who are being ultra cautious and put their fears before our own desires.  Perhaps, we should try to love our neighbours - those who feel vulnerable - before ourselves.  For this is what Jesus our Good Shepherd did and continues to do.

    May God keep you and your loved ones safe as you go about your daily lives.  Let us care as Jesus cares.  This is what we are going to try and do as a church.

    Every blessing,

    Revd Katrina

    Here is a lovely prayer from the Church of England to help us be there for others, and to allow them to be there for us, in these challenging times:

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    you taught us to love our neighbour,
    and to care for those in need
    as if we were caring for you.
    In this time of anxiety, give us strength
    to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
    and to assure the isolated
    of our love, and your love,
    for your name's sake.
    Amen.

    For more of the Church of England's prayer resources to use at home, please follow this LINK.

    For a Children's guide to the Coronavirus, please follow this LINK.  It's been produced by the UK's Children's Commissioner and can be helpful for parents and carers too.

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