On Sundays, we worship in church, on Zoom and at home with our weekly Prayers and Reflections. When in church for a service, you have the freedom to choose whether or not to wear a face covering. Christenings, weddings and funerals can take place in church can take place as normal. We keep in touch with each other by phone and by outdoor and home visits. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.
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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 by our Parochial Church Councils in March 2022. 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...
Doing the right thing is not always easy. When we get up in the morning, our hope is that we will have a good day! We start out with a desire to be kind and caring, thoughtful and loving. And then... the reality of life kicks in. Each one of us - me included - face big frustrations and little annoyances, and other forms of temptation on a daily basis. Each time, we have to make a conscious choice - take a deep breath and summon up the strength of faith and love to see the good in the other person or give in to our negative feelings. Mostly, I hope, we choose to take the path that Jesus would take, would love us to take.
Following Jesus isn't something that we decide once and for all time. No! It is something that we do as each new day begins and in each moment of our lives where we are called to choose between being loving to others (and helping them and us be better versions of ourselves) or doing what we want to do (and afterwards living with our regrets). I invite you to pause to think about one of the challenges you face in your own life. What is the right and loving thing to do in this situation? What is your still small voice - God's Holy Spirit - saying to you? Prayerfully seek his guidance and his strength.
May these Bible verses come true through us today and all of our todays.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
And be thankful.
from Colossians 3:14-15
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.