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 requiring church members and visitors 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 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 October continues, across our four villages, we are thinking about generosity. God by his nature is generous. In fact, he is more than generous as there is a super abundance to his giving. We see this in the first sign that Jesus gives in John's Gospel. When his mother Mary invites him to solve the problem of the wine running out at a wedding in Cana, he doesn't just create a few extra bottles with the help of some water. He takes six stone jars, each as tall as an adult human, and has them filled with water and turns this into about 180 gallons of the finest red wine. Which sounds to me like far more wine than was needed to keep the wedding party going! It is a truly abundant gesture. A massive gift freely given. How can we match God for generosity? It is difficult for us to do so on our own. With God's help, we can try our best.
We simply need to remember that all that we have... our life... our home... our love for those dearest to us... our love for God's creation... and our love for others... flows from God's deep love and generosity in creating life on Earth. And, our relationship with him would be difficult for us to sustain without his Son dying for us on the cross. It is there that we find God's forgiveness. We receive a forgiveness that is so costly to God yet so freely given to us. What generosity is this! Knowing this, naturally, we wonder how we can ever reply God for his deep love for us and the abundance of his giving. We can never repay him in full, nor is this what he expects, but we can offer to God our heartfelt thanks and praise and the very best of ourselves. We can be generous in the giving of our time and talents, our money and resources to support the work of the causes dear to God's heart.
It is an ideally summed up in this beautiful, biblical prayer of offering.
Yours, Lord, in the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you,
and of your own do we give you.
As you contemplate these timeless words, notice what word or phrase or idea stands out for you. What is God saying to you about your generosity of living and of giving? Consider how you are using your time to bless others and your money to serve those who are struggling. May God bless and inspire your generosity. Give thanks for those whose generosity is blessing your life and your family's.
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.