Reverend Katrina writes...
Happy New Year! As "19" turns into "20", the opening days of 2020 feel like a very special time, a memorable occasion in our lives - a space in which to ponder our hopes and dreams for the year ahead. How might we make a real difference to the lives of others and tread more gently and caringly in our world in 2020?. For opticians, "2020" means perfect vision. Perhaps, this is God's hint to us - as the year begins - to take the time to look at our world through his eyes (his perfect eyes) and think about what changes he'd like to see in the next twelve months. Each one of us can make a difference - perhaps, one little change, one positive step that transforms lives, wipes away tears. My New Year prayer is that 2020 will be remembered for being full of love and joy, peace and hope - for us, and also for our families and friends and villages, and for the hurting people and places on Planet Earth.
Jesus said, 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.' As we prepare to mark seventy-five years on from the end of the Second World War, let's commit to doing all that we can to heal divisions and end lasting conflicts. Wouldn't it be lovely if 2020 went down in history as "the Year of Peace".
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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.
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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.