From Sunday 18 April 2021, on Sundays, we will 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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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...
On the evening of Easter Day, we find Jesus' followers hiding still in the upper room behind locked doors. They now know that Jesus has risen. He's alive and back with them. And, they are waiting for him to come and brief them on what is going to happen next. What is expected of them? And, will they have the courage to do this? In the joy of Easter morning, it is easy to overlook their fears and uncertainties as they prepare to leave the upper room and pick up their daily duties. Jesus comes and gives them the perfect gift - inner peace. His peace. The dangers will still be out there but, with this gift and his Spirit to guide them, they can do this. They can go and spread the good news. Go in his name and live as he has done. Live lives of loving and caring service, being generous with their time and their God-given gifts. Go and build a family of believers - his Church.
As more aspects of daily life re-open, I wonder how you are feeling? What are you looking forward to doing again? What are your fears and worries as you take these first steps? Just as Jesus knew what his disciples most needed - his deep and abiding peace - so too does he know what you need at this time. Ask and it will be given to you. Seek him and he will come and guide you through these coming days. As you pick up the threads of your everyday lives, may you build back better than before the crisis.
May this prayer help you as you take these initial steps.
Risen Lord, as I make choices
in the coming days,
about which threads of daily life to pick up
and which to leave be,
for now, help me to see your will for me
and how I can be of loving service.
Indoors or outdoors,
home alone or out with others,
may I do what you would do. Amen.
May the peace of the risen Lord Jesus be with you today and in the days to come.
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.