• 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

    Thursday 21st March
    7:15pm  Hardwick PCC Meeting

    Sunday 24th March
    9:00am  Mears Ashby - Holy Communion with hymns
    11:00am  Overstone - Family Communion
    4:00pm  Hardwick - Evensong with hymns

    Monday 25th March
    9:30am  Mears Ashby - School Visit
    7:00pm  Mears Ashby - Choir Practice

    Tuesday 26th March
    2:00pm  Lent Conversations - On the Third Day

    Wednesday 27th March
    7:30pm  Lent Conversations: On the Third Day
    7:30pm  Wellingborough Deanery Synod

    Thursday 28th March
    11:30am  Mears Ashby - Memorial Service for Barbara Roberts

    Saturday 30th March
    10:00am  Sywell - Churchyard spring tidy

    Sunday 31st March
    10:00am  Mears Ashby - Mothering Sunday service

    Monday 1st April
    7:00pm  Full Practice for Stainer's Crucifixion

    Tuesday 2nd April
    2:00pm  Lent Conversations - On the Third Day

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  • Reverend Katrina writes...

    On Wednesday 6 March 2019, we began our 40-day Lenten journey.  Lent is a time of self-reflection and spiritual growth which begins on Ash Wednesday and comes to a dramatic conclusion with the life-changing events of Holy Week.  Often thought of as a grim season, Lent - like Spring - has a positive aspect.  It can be a season of new life and fresh growth.

    Lent is like a pilgrimage - a thought-filled and prayer-fuelled journey with God and our inner selves.  An opportunity to reflect on what has been holding us back from loving God (100%, absolutely) and to recommit ourselves to following Jesus more closely in our daily lives.

    During the forty days of Lent, why not pause at the start of each day to think about your hopes and plans, and how you might bless others by what you do and say in the coming hours.  If you wish, offer the day to God and ask for his guidance.  In the evening, take a moment to look back and notice - what has been good about it, life-affirming and uplifting?  Give thanks.  Who has come to your attention as perhaps being in need of love and support, a listening ear?  Make a note.  How might you have lived the day differently, what can you learn from it?  If need be, say sorry to God or others.

    Lent is also a time when we give up something that we enjoy - e.g. chocolate - as a reminder of the sacrifices that Jesus made for us.  I wonder... How can what you give up this Lent bless others?  Be of service to those in need?

    Whatever you choose to do this Lent, may it be a season of personal growth and self-discovery, and a source of love and hope to you and your village.

    Every blessing, Katrina

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