As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, we are starting to re-open our church buildings for individual private prayer on Sundays and preparing to worship in church one more. Our first Sunday service in church will take place on Sunday 19 July 2020. Each Sunday we will have a service in church, one on Zoom and our Prayers and Reflections for use at home (or in our gardens). We will continue to keep in touch with church members by phone. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.
Click here for details of our Sunday Worship 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.
Three of our churches are also open for individual private prayer on Sundays. For details - click here.
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 information and contact details, please follow this LINK.
Reverend Katrina writes...
This week's theme is "Being attentive". It is inspired by Jesus' famous Parable of the Sower and his seeds.
It is so famous and familiar to us that it is easy to overlook how shocking it would have been to Jesus' audience. I can just imagine them saying to themselves, 'What a waste of seeds! I'd never toss them about like this! Grain is precious.' What Jesus is offering them is an alternative way of looking at their daily lives. He is saying to them that God is interested in the whole of their lives not just what they do on Sundays, when they turn to him in prayer. God is always speaking to us, always with us in whatever we do. God loves us so much that he is willing to keep on speaking words of loving guidance to us even when he knows that we're not really paying attention, not fully listening to him. All of us - even the most prayerful and attentive of us - can be like the seeds in Jesus' parable which land on the trodden-down path, the barren stony ground or the weed-filled earth. It is these aspects of our daily life that God wants to transform with his timely and wise words. What amazing love and concern.
What should our response be this week? Well - to pay attention to him in whatever we do and whenever we meet with someone. And try to live by these words of advice in Colossians 3:17.
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
May we all be attentive to God's will for our lives and be present to him in the humblest tasks so that everything we do may be done with love.
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 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.