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 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.
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Reverend Katrina writes...
This week, across the benefice, we are celebrating the lives of Sywell's two saints: Peter and Paul. Both of them were called by God to stop what they were doing and take a fresh path in life, namely to dedicate their time to following Jesus and sharing his good news. In this, they were 100% committed to their new vocations even at the risk to their own lives. In this, they remind me of world-class athletes and sportspeople who train, train, train again and focus every aspect of their lives on preparing to run the race or play the game to the best of their abilities. To win the prize or the place, you have to be dedicated to your chosen discipline.
And, we too in our daily lives are called to show the same level of dedication - perseverance - courage as we follow our own vocations and callings. Our race of life is more like a cross-country run than a 100 Metres sprint. The journey of life is full of twists and turns, obstacles and hurdles, and tricky patches too. For us to be able to get to the end of our lives and be able to look back with the satisfaction of knowing that we have lived our lives with love and kindness, wisdom and thoughtulness, and made a positive difference in all of various settings takes this self-same level of discipline and devotion.
Do take the time this week to pause. Look back at how you have run the race of life to date. Where has God been for you? What is he saying to you? And, as you focus your gaze on what lies before you in the coming weeks and months, how might you run this course to the best of your abilities? May this hymn verse help you to run with love and commitment in your hearts.
Run the straight race through God's good grace,
lift up thine eyes and seek his face;
life with its way before you lies;
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.
JSB Monsell (1811-1895)
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.