Reverend Katrina writes...
On Wednesday 6 March 2019, we began our 40-day Lenten journey. Lent is a time of self-reflection and spiritual growth which begins on Ash Wednesday and comes to a dramatic conclusion with the life-changing events of Holy Week. Often thought of as a grim season, Lent - like Spring - has a positive aspect. It can be a season of new life and fresh growth.
Lent is like a pilgrimage - a thought-filled and prayer-fuelled journey with God and our inner selves. An opportunity to reflect on what has been holding us back from loving God (100%, absolutely) and to recommit ourselves to following Jesus more closely in our daily lives.
During the forty days of Lent, why not pause at the start of each day to think about your hopes and plans, and how you might bless others by what you do and say in the coming hours. If you wish, offer the day to God and ask for his guidance. In the evening, take a moment to look back and notice - what has been good about it, life-affirming and uplifting? Give thanks. Who has come to your attention as perhaps being in need of love and support, a listening ear? Make a note. How might you have lived the day differently, what can you learn from it? If need be, say sorry to God or others.
Lent is also a time when we give up something that we enjoy - e.g. chocolate - as a reminder of the sacrifices that Jesus made for us. I wonder... How can what you give up this Lent bless others? Be of service to those in need?
Whatever you choose to do this Lent, may it be a season of personal growth and self-discovery, and a source of love and hope to you and your village.
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.