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. We are hoping to hold our first service in church later this month. Meanwhile, we continue to gather on Zoom on Sundays for Morning Worship @ 10am, to pray in our homes and gardens using the weekly Prayers and Reflections and to keep in touch by phone. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.
Click here for this Sunday's Prayers and Reflections for use at home.
Click here to find out how to sign up for Morning Worship.
Click here to find out when our churches are open.
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 "Letting Go". It is inspired by Jesus' well-known saying:
'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'
All of us have been carrying one or more heavy burdens over the past three months as a result of the virus and the lockdown. Fear of getting the virus or losing someone we love, anxiety about our jobs and finances, sadness at not being able to hug our loved ones, or loneliness because we're home alone. Some of us have coped well with these challenges, others have really struggled to keep going. For some of us, life is getting easier and we are able to meet with our loved ones once more, and yet - we still need to be cautious and keep at a safe distance when we are out and about. For others, the advice is still to stay at home, stay safe. Yes - we do all have burdens.
Being a Christian does not mean that life will be plain sailing. We too experience the storms and squalls of daily life. How could it be otherwise? When things get choppy - as they have done with the Covid-19 crisis - we do have the reassurance that God is with us, our protector and guide. If we turn to him and place our trust in him, he will steer us to calmer waters. Our problems may still be there but we will feel that we can cope with them. We can live through them.
For God is the calm at the centre of life's storms. Sometimes, we need to learn to let go and let God take the helm and pilot us safely through.
I pray that he will do this for you in the coming days and weeks as the lockdown eases and life changes.
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.