Reverend Katrina writes...
With all the political turmoil in the news, it is good to pause for a moment and think about the positive aspects of our lives. My thanks go to Overstone Primary School for this month's reflection theme: "Giving".
Each one of us in our daily lives makes a difference to those around us and those in need in the wider world, and not just by the giving of money. Sometimes, we give of ourselves - our time and skills, our knowledge and expertise, our love and concern. I'm sure that many of us help others on a daily basis without perhaps realising it; by stopping to chat to an elderly neighbour who cares for a loved one, buying lunch for a homeless person, popping in to see someone who lives alone and is not well enough to go out, and helping them with everyday chores. Loving and caring acts of kindness that bless the givers as well as the receivers.
Others of us volunteer our time in more organised ways through local clubs, organisations and charities. For me, this includes Overstone Mums & Tots, the Hannah Payne RDA Group, Mears Ashby Youth Club and Street Church. Places that provide opportunities to share God's love by offering a listening and caring ear to young and old alike. I wonder what aspects of your life are a blessing to both you and others? How are you making the world more as it should be? As God desires? And, how is this changing you? Shaping you?
Even those who are mostly receivers of love and care can be givers too. Givers of their love, by holding family, local and world issues on their heart and praying for them.
May we be inspired in this month when we celebrate the gift of human love (Valentine's Day) remember that love is God's greatest gift to us, and ours to him. Love truly changes everything, how we live each and every day of our lives, and makes us generous givers.
Every blessing, Katrina
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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.