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 best practices, including offering church members the option 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.
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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...
As you will have seen on your TV screens, the countdown for Christmas has well and truly begun. Christmas adverts have been on our screens for quite a few weeks. And now, it is time for the official countdown to begin. On Sunday, November 28th, Advent begins! It is a season filled with light and hope as well as recognition of the darkness in our lives and across the globe. We are invited to look towards the light: God's Son who came into our world to be the light that shines even in the deepest darkness. I wonder how you are feeling as you look forward to Christmas? I'm feeling truly blessed to entering this season of reflective refreshment before celebrating the joy and wonder of Christ's birth at Bethlehem. It is so good to be able to take the time to reflect on my inner life and how it is shaping how I am living day-to-day, and to make one or more new Church Year resolutions. A New Year - church or calendar - is perfect for making a promise or a new beginning.
As you read this wonderful quote about reflecting on the house of your heart and undertaking an 'Advent clean', think about your own inner life: your thoughts and feelings, and your relationship with those closest to you, including the one who always loves you (God). What one change might you make in the lead up to Christmas? And, how will this bless you and others?
Brothers and sisters, it is now the season of the Lord's coming, and we must use the time to prepare ourselves by our spiritual direction. We must strive to enter the house of our hearts, open the windows, and notice what is seemly and what is unseemly in that house. We must brush away the cobwebs, sweep the floors, clean out the dust and dirt, strew the clean floors with freshly gathered rushes, fragrant herbs, and sweet-smelling flowers.
Hugh St. Victor (1096-1141)
May Advent be a time when you take care of your heart as well as your home.
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.
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.