As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, we have re-opened our church buildings for individual private prayer on Sundays and are worshipping in church one more. Each Sunday we will have a service in church, one on Zoom and our Prayers and Reflections for use at home (or in our gardens). We will continue to keep in touch with church members by phone. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.
Please note: Due to the local Covid-19 guidance in the Borough of Wellingborough, we are strongly encouraging church members, if they can, to worship on Zoom rather than come to church. If you can't worship on Zoom, you can come to a service in your home church (if you feel that it is safe to do so). Churches remain open for private prayer and reflection on Sunday afternoons.
Click here for details of our Sunday Worship in Church.
Click here to find out how to sign up for Sunday Worship on Zoom.
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 at a Benefice Church Council Meeting held on Thursday 9 May 2019. It follows and is consistent with the Church of England's House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safer Church 2017', 'Protecting All God's Children 4th Edition 2010', and 'Safer Recruitment Policy 2013' (Church of England and Methodist Church).
For more information and contact details, please follow this LINK.
Reverend Katrina writes...
This week's theme is "Setting God's love free". It is based on an unsettling yet inspirational conversation between Jesus and a desperate mum, who has come seeking Jesus' help. After a busy time teaching, preaching and healing, and fielding accusations from his critics, Jesus has gone away for some peace and quiet to the hills north of Galilee. He has crossed an important line on the map: one that separates God's people from the Gentiles (the outsiders). Initially, Jesus ignores the mum and refuses to listen to her pleading. He is quite rude in his response, which is shocking as Jesus is love. What he says reflects the cultural perceptions and biases of the time, and is also a sign that he is testing this mum's faith in God and in him. It makes tough reading and challenges us to look closely at ourselves. What are the lenses through which we look at others today? Who do we treat as outsiders? How are we putting a limit on God's love? For God loves everyone.
As Psalm 139 says, we need to search our hearts and recognise what lies buried deep inside them. We need to set God's love free - in us and through us, so that we can be a blessing to others. We need to dare to imagine a world filled with welcome and inclusion, tolerance and loving acceptance. And this world begins with us - thanks to God's Spirit in us.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart;
try me and examine my thoughts.
See if there is any way of wickedness in me
and lead me in the way everlasting.
May God's love grow in each one of us as a blessing to others as well as ourselves.
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.