As the Covid-19 restrictions ease, we have re-opened our church buildings for individual private prayer on Sundays and are worshipping in church one more. 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.
Please note: Due to the local Covid-19 guidance in the Borough of Wellingborough, we are strongly encouraging church members, if they can, to worship on Zoom rather than come to church. If you can't worship on Zoom, you can come to a service in your home church (if you feel that it is safe to do so). Churches remain open for private prayer and reflection on Sunday afternoons.
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 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...
This week's theme is "God's welcome". Like a child who stamps his foot and says, 'It's not fair!', so Peter - one of the twelve - says to Jesus, 'We've left everything and followed you. What then will we have?' And Jesus tells him a story which reminds me of President J.F. Kennedy's first visit to NASA. He met a man who was sweeping a hallway. When the president asked him what he did, the man said, 'I am helping to put a man on the moon.' A sign that his role was contributing towards that memorable moment when Neil Armstrong said, 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' Nearly two thousand years earlier, the story Jesus told Peter showed that, whatever role we play in Jesus' church, we are equally welcomed, loved and valued by his Father in heaven. No one deserves more or less than anyone else in God's family.
It is an invitation to celebrate what others bring to a church family, a school or workplace, voluntary group or organisation - every little helps. In Jesus' story, all of the workers in a vineyard received the same pay (one denarius) whether they had worked one hour or ten hours. In their master's eyes, all had contributed to achieving that day's targets and objectives and all needed to be able to feed their families. What generous fairness is this! Imagine what the world would be like if everyone was treated the same - with kindness and consideration - and if everyone was paid a living wage for their work. Pay is a sign of how much we value someone's contribution to an organisation's results. Low wages can result in such suffering as child labour and modern forms of slavery. Let's try to value everyone who helps or serves us this week and to do our part to promote human rights and dignity across the globe.
Jesus' story also reminds me that whether we have always gone to church, started following Jesus in our teenage years or have only begun to wonder about life, faith and God in our later years, God welcomes us in with open arms. There's no hint of a "Where have you been?". He's just delighted to see us. It's never too late to accept his invitation and come on in.
There's a wideness in God's mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
If you are wondering about the meaning of life, do get in touch.
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.