Reverend Katrina writes...
Summer is here! It's official! And you may be looking forward to "School's out!" and a much needed holiday. A week or two away somewhere in the sunshine. Summer is a time for recharging the batteries and spending time outdoors with the people we love. I expect, like me, you have some wonderful memories of days out by the seaside or in the countryside, or perhaps taking in some amazing sights in far flung places around the globe.
For some, like our farmers, the summer months can be a busy time with long and tiring days hard at work. All of us - even the long retired - can find ourselves over committed from time to time. I still remember my Auntie Vi saying - a few years into her retirement - that she didn't know how she'd ever found the time to go to work! She'd filled her spare hours with so many volunteering opportunities. If this is how you're feeling at the moment, perhaps the following wise advice of St. Benedict might help.
He taught that we should have a balanced approach to life; a rule of life designed to nourish us. Each day should be split into time for work - rest - prayer. If this sounds a little familiar, it's because his Rule was the inspiration for a certain chocolate bar's advertising slogan. Work is how we contribute to the wellbeing of our world and produce the resources we need to live. Rest is what our bodies need to recharge themselves so that we can enjoy being with family and friends. Prayer or reflection is how we refresh our souls. How much time do you spend each day in stillness? Listening to God? Noticing what's on your heart? Summer is a good time to take a step back, pause and take a fresh look at life, how we're living. And find life, life in all its fullness.
Have a wonderful summer! God bless.
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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 at a Benefice Church Council Meeting held on Thursday 9 May 2019. It follows and is consistent with the Church of England's House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safer Church 2017', 'Protecting All God's Children 4th Edition 2010', and 'Safer Recruitment Policy 2013' (Church of England and Methodist Church.
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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.