Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, public worship in the Church of England has been put on hold for the time being and our church buildings closed. Here, in this benefice, we will continue to serve our villages through prayer and loving care, and by keeping in touch by phone. Each Sunday, we will provide - on our website - prayer resources that you can use at home. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina. On Sunday mornings @ 10am, we come together on Zoom and share in Morning Worship.
Click here for this Sunday's Prayers and Reflections for use at home.
Click here to find out how to sign up for Morning Worship.
Reverend Katrina writes...
On Thursday 21 May 2020, we celebrate the day that Jesus' closest friends - his apostles - must have been dreading: the Day of his Ascension when he returned to his Father in heaven. It must have a big and loving reunion for the Father and his Son, but for the eleven left behind it was a lonely time of waiting on God's Spirit to come. Waiting can be tough. Do you have what it takes to wait with patience? Do you find waiting a frustrating waste of time? Well - in this short season between Ascension and Pentecost (Sunday 31 May 2020), God is inviting us to wait on him prayerfully and attentively, to look back at his past blessings as we wait to see what the future holds for us. Waiting on God, with God can be a God-breathed, God-filled time of self-learning and encouraging insights. As we wait to see what daily life will be like post-lockdown (with social distancing), and church life too, and as we wait to be with and hug our loved ones, may this season of prayerful waiting om God's Spirit help us to wait with patience and hope. May each one of us know that God is with us in this waiting time - blessing us, holding us.
I invite you to explore this week's Prayers and Reflections on the theme of waiting and, if you wish, to take part in the Thy Kingdom Come daily prayers on the theme of the Father's Love for us.
We will be coming together as usual on Sunday for Morning Worship @ 10am. Do join us if you can.
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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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 details, please follow this LINK.
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.