• 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, we continue to follow the Covid-19 regulations and best practices, including encouraging those coming to church to wear face coverings.  Christenings, weddings and funerals can take place in church in line with our Covid-19 best practices.  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 January draws to a close, we come to a truly delightful celebration - Candlemas.  Jesus is just forty days old and his parents, Mary and Joseph, go to the Temple to give thanks for his birth.  As their first-born son, they have come to dedicate his life to God and to redeem him by offering two birds.  Whilst there, they meet two people who have dedicated their lives to prayer: Simeon and Anna.  Anna's story is truly inspirational.  Life has not been easy for her.  Widowed at a young age, left childless, penniless and homeless, she could so easily have turned bitter and angry or just given up on God and life.  She doesn't!  She finds the inner strength to live on.  She takes refuge in God's house and devotes herself to prayer and praise.  Against all the odds, she has hope in the future.  God's future.

    I expect all of us know inspirational women (and men), who have not been crushed by the grief and sadness that life has thrown at them.  Instead, they have found a way of caring their burden and journeying on.  Out of their suffering, they are able to reach out and help others in their sadness.  Be a source of strength.

    I invite you to pause.  Bring to mind the people who have been your Anna-like sources of inspiration and strength.  Give thanks for them.  And, wonder, who looks to you for encouragement and hope?

    In these challenging times, may God bless us with a hope and a faith like Anna's.  Keep on praying and praising!  God is listening.  He cares.

    Every blessing,

    Revd Katrina

    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, as the coronavirus crisis continues to ease across the nation:

    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.
    Amen.

    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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