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 and during Holy Week and Easter, we will provide - on our website - prayer resources that you can use at home. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina. Watch this space for a live - video link - MORNING WORSHIP on Sunday mornings @ 10am, which launches on Palm Sunday (April 5th).
Click here for this Sunday's Prayers and Reflections for use at home.
Reverend Katrina writes...
With all the concerns about Covid-19 and how it will affect our lives and our vulnerable loved ones, I find these words from Psalm 100 reassuring.
Know that the Lord is God:
it is he that has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
It is a very apt image as the lambing season is upon us. It gives me a comforting sense of being held by God's love and care. Whatever happens, he is there for us. He is the good and faithful shepherd who stays at our side rather than running away at the first sign of danger and distress. May this image give you hope too in these uncertain times. And may his love inspire you to look out for any neighbours who become affected by the crisis or who are afraid to go out shopping for essentials, etc.
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 now, stay safe and continue to enjoy life in God's beautiful creation as winter turns into spring.
For more of the Church of England's prayer resources to use at home, please follow this LINK.
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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.