• 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.

     

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  • 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.

    Click here to find out about our services 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 (uploaded on Thursdays).

    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... 

    As our journey through Eastertide continues, we come to one of my favourite characters in the Bible: Peter or, to give him his original name, Simon.  He is so human, so like us.  He is full of energy and enthusiasm, and faults and flaws.  Yet, for all of this, Jesus loves him and trusts him to be the one to take care of his team when he is gone.  At Easter time, we think of how Peter is given a second chance.  Imagine.  Imagine that you have let down your best friend.  Badly!  How would you feel?  For this is what Peter has done, on that fateful Thursday evening, he denied knowing Jesus not once, but three times.  When Jesus rises to new life, Peter cannot look him in the eye.  Could you if you had done what he has done?  I'm not sure that I could.

    And, put yourself in Jesus' shoes, if your friend had let you down so badly and hurt you so much, would you ever trust them again?  That is a difficult one!  In our daily lives, we all do let Jesus down in little or bigger ways by denying him or by hurting others.  Yet... here is the good news of Easter and Peter's story!  Jesus does forgive freely and readily, and gives us a second... third... infinite chance.  This is how much he loves us.  And, trusts us to live up to our Easter-shaped calling to follow him.  He is yearning for us to pick ourselves up each time we slip up, learn from our mistakes, and become better and better versions of ourselves.

    May this be our Eastertide promise to Jesus and to ourselves.  With each new day, may we seek to be better and better versions of ourselves so that we can help others to do the same.  What a difference it would make to our world!

    Every blessing,

    Revd Katrina

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