• 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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  • This Week

    Wednesday 22nd September

    7:30pm  Fellowship Group - St. Matthew and his Writings

    Saturday 25th September

    10:00am  Mears Ashby - Bellringing Practice

    Sunday 26th September

    9:00am  Prayers and Reflections for Trinity 17

    10:00am  Zoom - Morning Worship

    10:00am  Hardwick - Morning Worship

    12:00pm  Overstone - Baptism

    4:00pm  Mears Ashby - Harvest Service

    Monday 27th September

    6:45pm  Mears Ashby - Bell Ringing Practice

    Sunday 3rd October

    9:00am  Prayers and Reflections for Trinity 18

    10:00am  Sywell - Morning Worship with Communion

    4:00pm  Zoom - Evening Worship

    4:00pm  Hardwick - Harvest Service

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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 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.

    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...

    When my dad was seventeen, he joined the Army.  As well as wanting to serve King and country, I think he was also looking to join a 'Band of Brothers', and enjoy the comraderie and comradeship that being in the armed forces gives.  Listening to his stories as I child, I got a real sense that dad had a lot of fun during his initial training.  Even during the challenges of the Second World War, dad felt part of this close knit team of brothers-in-arms.  And, he was content to be a private.  He did not have the ambition to rise up the ranks.  He was happy and willing to serve.

    I think that being content in life is a real blessing.  Being content enables us to look outwards to the needs of those around us.  To serve them, even getting dirty in the process, rather than always thinking about our own wants and wishes.  If someone we know has the good fortune to be blessed with the offer of promotion... to have the money to buy a new car or go on an expensive holiday... or to be invited to a special occasion, we can celebrate with them rather than feel jealous because it is not us.

    I wonder... how content are you with your life?  What makes you discontent?  If it is with yourself or with an aspect of your life, how can you let it go?  Or, do something about this?  Remember... God loves and values each one of us for who we are not for what we have.  If you are discontent with what is happening to others - family, friends, colleagues or strangers - how can you channel this discontent into positive action?  Challenge injustice... poverty... intolerance... seek change, and thus serve others who are in need of your help.

    As you think about this, I invite you reflect on this prayer by St. Theresa of Avila.

    Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
    no hands but yours, no feet but yours;
    yours are the eyes
    through which he looks
    with compassion on the world,
    yours are the feet
    with which he is to go about doing good,
    and yours are the hands
    with which he blesses us now.

    How will you bless others today?  And, be blessed by others?

    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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