When the current lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December 2020, we will be able to worship in church as well as on Zoom on Sundays. Each Sunday, we also have Prayers and Reflections to use at home. We continue to keep in touch with church members by phone. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.
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Click here for this Sunday's Prayers and Reflections for use at home.
Three of our churches are also open for individual private prayer on Sundays. For details - click here.
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 countdown for Christmas is about to begin. In a year filled with so much sadness and loss, loneliness and lost incomes, it came as no surprise to me that homes are already starting to put up Christmas trees and decorations. We all need a little light in the darkness. I'm getting ready to decorate my office window with angels as the Mears Ashby Advent-to-Christmas trail begins on Tuesday December 1st. What will be your Christmas theme?
Our opening Advent theme is Get ready! Jesus encourages his followers to live a life of readiness for his return. Yet - even top athletes can only keep at peak fitness for short bursts of time. You can't keep on playing at your best or running your fastest times week-on-week. You need to rest - reflect - redirect your energies and training programme. It's why we welcome Advent (and Lent) as a season of spiritual refreshment. By taking a good look at our daily lives and our relationship with God, we can keep the light of hope and love burning bright in us even when living through the darkest of times.
Our lives should be like this lamp. Notice how the lamp lights up the room. It's glow spreads outwards radiating light out into the darkness. Our lives should be like this too. Those closest to us - our family and friends, our neighbours and colleagues, our classmates and teachers - should feel the radiance of our loving kindness, our love and generousity of spirit, our goodness and concern for them. We are born to be a blessing to others. And, if you have enough of these human lamps in a line, there would be no darkness! Imagine - if everyone in our world radiated light outwards to anyone and everyone - how wonderful our beautiful world would be.
Do take the time this week to think about your lamp. How brighly are you shining in your daily life? Where is it taking the edge off of today's darkness?
How might you bless others with thoughtful kindness as you get ready in your heart and home for Christmas?
Journey well through Advent. And, remember - I am here for you in this crisis.
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.
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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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.