On Sundays, we worship in church, on Zoom and at home with our weekly Prayers and Reflections. From Step 3 of the government's Covid-19 Response Plan, our Sunday morning services in church will include the option to receive communion in one kind (the bread). We continue to keep in touch with church members by phone and by outdoor visits. Funerals and weddings can take place in church in line with the Covid-19 rules. 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 (uploaded on Thursdays).
To encourage people to following the Covid-19 rules and stay safe, we will not be opening our church buildings on Sunday afternoons until Step 3 of the government's plan, when we will then be allowed to mix indoors in limited numbers for the first time in months . You can still experience the timeless presence of our delightful churches, and visit loved ones' graves, on your daily walks.
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...
I've always loved looking inside clocks and watches. It's all due to a friend of my dad's whose hobby was to repair watches for his neighbours. Whenever one of our watches gained or lost time, Mr. Gulliver would take the back off the watch and work out what was needed. The intricate mechanism with its minute parts crafted with care always fascinated me. I wonder who it was who first came up with the design? How did they decide what pieces would be needed and how to fit them together so that they kept near perfect time? It's so amazing! And then, when I lift up my eyes and look around at the fields and streams, hedgerows and skies, and think of all the wildlife who make their homes in them, I cannot but believe in a Master Inventor who designed all of this. Life on Planet Earth is so diverse and every living part fits into the never-ending cycle of life and death. In nature, from decay comes new life and the cycle begins again. If - like me - you find a traditional watch mechanism amazing, then creation is simply mind-blowing! It is beyond human invention and imagining.
As we enjoy the long and bright summer days, I invite you to notice the beauty that is all around us. As you do so, wonder about how it all came into being. Where do you see our Master Inventor's loving and creative wisdom? When I think of all the billions of objects in the night's sky, it is simply amazing to think that it is our planet - Planet Earth - that God chose to be life giving. It is our planet that he chose to have a very close and intimate and special relationship with. Now, isn't that a truly wondrous thought! An idea that is celebrated in the hymn 'All creatures of our God and King'.
Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
(W H Draper)
Enjoy drinking in the new life and growth in gardens and countryside. May God fill you with awe and wonder and great delight.
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.